A simple google search will yield vast research and positions on the differences between THC and CBD.
This entry is to serve as a general and basic summary for the understanding of many. We encourage you to research in more detail the differences between the cannabinoids and how each can serve you on your journey.
The cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids, which are compounds in the plant that affect the human endocannabinoid system. The two most popular ones are THC and CBD. These cannabinoids are highly saturated in cannabis and have been studied the most regarding how they affect the body.
CBD, which has become increasingly more popular after hemp was removed from the Schedule I narcotics list, contributes significantly to a felt sense of relaxation. It helps with sleep, anxiety and mood disorders, nausea, headaches, and a plethora of other physical ailments.
THC, known as the “one that gets you high,” also plays a significant role in managing pain and inflammation, contributing to creative thinking and expression, elevates feelings of elation and joy, among many other healing and balancing benefits.
Important to note is the way these compounds work together. Isolating the cannabinoids does have it’s benefits. However, the synergistic effect of how the compounds play together, known as the entourage effect, is essential in garnering the holistic and medicinal properties of the entire plant.
A strong misconception is that THC is “bad” because it gets you high. You can consume small amounts of THC and still receive the benefits it offers without getting high. When approaching cannabis from a holistic perspective, we believe in the power of the entire plant. We have put together resources for those of you seeking CBD-only information that can be found by clicking here.
For the sake of simplicity and clarity, when we use the term cannabis, we are referring to the plant in its entirety, including THC. And we will use the term CBD to refer to hemp-derived cannabidiol, the extract of cannabis that lacks THC.