CBD is a cannabinoid that has always been what everyone wants. On the other hand, its cousin THC is the cannabinoid infamous for its psychotic nature. Despite being the same type and also derived from the same cannabis family, these are different as hell and heaven. It is true that a good majority of people are regular users of CBD. But, that does not mean that they are well aware of what makes CBD special and different from THC. Knowing the thin line that separates them is necessary. This article is for those of you who are looking for what the cannabinoids THC and CBD are.
THC Vs CBD
THC and CBD, are both phytocannabinoids when in the plant. The THC and CBD that we get in the stores are decarboxylated to transform them into their active form. They are similar in their chemical properties but the way they interact with the receptors in our body are different.
The major attribute of CBD that sets it aside from THC, is that it does not get you high. THC, as said before, is known for its euphoric properties whereas CBD, which has been proven to be non-psychotic, is known for its therapeutic properties. In fact, THC is the only cannabinoid that has that kind of effect on people.
To keep THC out of your system, check whether the products have gone through a lab test.
Reaction With Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system of our body consists of two types of receptors- CB1 and CB2. The CB1 is found predominantly in the CNS and the brain. Anandamide, the bliss molecule, binds itself to CB1 to release dopamine to make a person feel happy.
The mysterious reason as to why THC is psychotic is within its structure. THC is similar in structure to anandamide which interacts with CB1. Therefore, THC binds itself to CB1 and triggers the release of dopamine in higher quantities.
Pure CBD does not bind to CB1.
Extracted From Two Plants
All plants from the cannabis family have both THC and CBD in them. However, they are found in varying amounts in these plants. Marijuana strains contain THC in higher amounts and hemp is bred to have more CBD.
CBD that we get in the market is extracted from industrial hemp which contains lesser than 0.3 percent THC. Many states in the US have set this as the guideline for hemp to be legal.