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What Is The Difference Between CBD And THC?

By Amelia Fenner-Prowle | 8th February, 2021 in CBD | 0 Comments

What Is The Difference Between CBD And THC?
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Many of our customers ask this question, there is a lot of information online about the two compounds – But what is the difference? THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD stands for Cannabidiol. These Cannabinoids are not the only components of cannabis; however they are definitely discussed the most. CBD vs THC is something debated wildly across the internet.

The Compounds

Both THC and CBD are compounds of the same plants, cannabis or hemp. Generally, the Cannabis Plant has a much higher concentration of THC and a lower concentration of CBD whereas the Hemp Plant has a higher concentration of CBD but a much lower content of THC.    

The chemical makeup of both compounds is the same; two oxygen atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 21 carbon atoms. Both CBD and THC are similar to our own body’s Endocannabinoid, which is why they can interact with our cannabinoid receptors.  The key difference is how the body reacts to either compound. Both CBD and THC affect your brain's neurotransmitters and affect things like memory, sleep, pain, and mood.

THC gives you the “high” sensation, it is psychoactive, and this is why THC is more controversial and has varying degrees of legality in different countries.

In contrast, CBD is a "non-psychoactive" compound, it doesn't give you any kind of high. Only 0.3% of THC traces are found in CBD products, and at this volume it is not enough to produce any psychoactive sensation.

CBD is also well known to offer the user many different health benefits.

CBD & THC Benefits

CBD can offer innumerable benefits for both human and animal physical and mental health, and now is regarded as an important health contributor for the ever growing consumers both in the UK and internationally. CBD and THC can deliver some of the same benefits, there are some subtle differences (beyond the psychoactive elements):

For many conditions a combination of CBD and THC is reported as effective.

CBD & THC Side Effects

When it comes to CBD, users generally do not cite any noticeable side-effects, regardless of dosage. However as with any supplement, CBD occasionally may cause some minor temporary side effects. Read more about CBD side effects.

THC side effects are more widely understood, and again contribute to its legality across the world. Key side effects can include paranoia, red eyes, dry mouth, coordination issues, palpitations, slower reaction time, and in some extreme cases, memory loss.

Even though both CBD & THC compounds can be derived from the same plant, the way they interact with our body is different. CBD is better known for its health benefits and reduced, if any, side effects, and hence considered to be safer and better tolerated.

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The information on this website is not intended to replace traditional medical treatment, but is offered as additional, complementary information. There are many scientific studies and anecdotal reporting of the far reaching benefits of CBD Oil, and associated CBD products that we feel it is important to bring this information to our customers attention as part of our mission to educate, inform, and promote honest transparency. However, it is important to note that CBD Oil is not a registered medication, it is registered as a natural food supplement.

Alternative therapies should not be used as a substitute for a varied, nutritional and balanced lifestyle, or an alternative to prescribed medication. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any prescription medication or are currently undergoing medical advice, please consult your doctor before use.

As with most medications, there is no guarantee of specific results from taking CBD, and results can vary from person to person. That said, we are confident in our CBD Oil and associated CBD products and would love to hear from you of your experiences with CBD.

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