Apr 1, 2016 8:00 AM

THC and CBD: Friendship or Rivalry?

Nowadays, the THC chemical structure and effects have already been thoroughly explored, while new findings on the CBD features make scientists prefer CBD over THC. Read this article to clarify how these two marijuana components complement or differ from each other.

Psychoactive Effects of THC and CBD

Marijuana's ability to cause a cerebral and body high is well-known among cannabis consumers. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a weed component that leads to this effect. In contrast, cannabidiol, or CBD, does not have such a psychoactive effect and even blocks the THC action, preventing its interaction with cannabinoid receptors.

The medical community considers CBD extremely beneficial, as it helps marijuana patients reduce the side effects of THC. Moreover, CBD has antipsychotic properties and can be used as antipsychotic medicine for patients with schizophrenia. In addition, CBD is considered preferable over THC, as it can be used for treating young patients suffering from various diseases with minimal cannabis downsides.

Pain Relief From THC and CBD

Marijuana's pain relieving effect is caused by these two components. However, there is a difference between THC and CBD action. CBD has a potential to reduce pain, inflammation, and appetite. THC effect is more about your disposition and brain's response to pain. In other words, THC simply distracts your mind from discomfort, while CBD affects the area of pain or inflammation directly.

Thus, you can see CBD listed on labels of salves, lotions, and other pain-relieving products used externally on the skin, whereas THC is an active ingredient of oral medications.

Medical Potential of THC and CBD

Though the medical effects of THC have been studied for more than 50 years, the benefits of CBD have come to scientists' attention recently. Nevertheless, the conducted studies have revealed amazing discoveries that increase the popularity of CBD.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD can potentially reduce seizures, inflammation, and tumors, as well as relieve chronic pain. The CBD strains are also helpful for patients suffering from anxiety, stress, psychosis, and substance abuse disorders.

The medical benefits of THC weed allow patients to treat chronic pain, insomnia, as well as nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Moreover, THC is well-known as an effective appetite stimulant and asthma attack reducer.

Besides CBD and THC, there are more than 85 other cannabinoids in marijuana that ensure total health of the body with their cooperative action.

Opposite Effects of THC and CBD

The small difference between the THC and CBD chemical formula leads to the opposite action when it comes to their side effects. You definitely know that THC may increase your feelings of paranoia and anxiety. In contrast, CBD can reduce worrisome thoughts and calm your frazzled nerves.

Moreover, CBD will not induce sleep like THC, so the CBD strains are not the best choice if you suffer from insomnia. These opposite effects of THC and CBD on sleep may explain why different marijuana strains make some weed patients experience wakefulness while others feel drowsy.

Legal Status of THC and CBD

The main controversy between THC and CBD is caused by their legal status. While the THC strains are legally sold in many American states, CBD is technically illegal in the U.S. However, CBD can be extracted from hemp that can be legally imported to America. Thus, some companies use this loophole in order to import CBD hemp extracts produced in other countries.

All in all, despite their differences, THC and CBD are two cannabis compounds that are very useful for people's health. Thanks to the legalization of marijuana, we now have access to a huge variety of weed strains with these and other beneficial cannabinoids.

If you know other medical effects of THC and CBD, please share them in the comments below.

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