CBD vs THC

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CBD vs THC

CBD vs THC

CBD and THC are the two most well known cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant.  Their interactions with our body’s cannabinoid system however, couldn’t be more different. 

CBD and THC are both natural cannabinoids that come from the cannabis sativa plant.  Cannabis and hemp produce both CBD and THC, however, cannabis has a higher concentration of THC.  Hemp, on the other hand, has a higher concentration of CBD.

While both of these compounds interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system, they have extremely different and contrasting effects.

THC is the principal psychoactive compound found in cannabis and produces the high, or euphoric, effect.  Despite claims to the contrary, CBD is in fact psychoactive as well.  Just not in the same manner as THC is.  While THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in our brain, CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to the same receptors.  It’s for this reason that one won’t experience the high that is associated with THC.

The chemical structure of both cannabinoids is identical, with one slight difference.  While both THC and CBD contain 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms, the arrangement of these atoms is different.  This accounts for the contrasting effects on our endocannabinoid system.

Side effects of CBD are rare and often only the result of excessive consumption or drug-to-drug interactions between CBD and other medications you may be taking. 

Possible CBD side effects would include: 

  • Appetite changes
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea

Potential THC side effects would include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Slow reaction time
  • Coordination problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety

 

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Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD(Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019

It is especially important for those who are pregnant, nursing, chronically ill, elderly or under the age of 18 to discuss the use of these products with a physician prior to consuming. You must be 18 years or older to visit this website and/or purchase any CBD products.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-vs-thc

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325871#differences