Before we discuss the unique interactions between CBD and THC, it is important that we distinguish between the two cannabinoids.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the phytocannabinoid that is most commonly associated with the intoxicating and psychoactive properties of cannabis. There is a wide range of robust and unique properties that THC is thought to produce, and if you have ever consumed cannabis and felt a feeling of euphoria or what many people consider “being high”, that effect is most likely a result of THC. THC can be an effective appetite stimulant, used as a muscle relaxant, or as a tool for pain management, and has even been suggested to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
THC has a unique effect on the endocannabinoid system in the body, because it has the ability to bind to specific endocannabinoid receptors known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC has an impactful effect on the body as it helps modulate the neurotransmitters, or “chemical messengers” that are produced in both the brain and the nervous system. These chemical messengers play a role in influencing memory, concentration, pleasure, time perception, pain management and more.
Similar to THC, CBD, known as Cannabidiol, is another chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant, known as a cannabinoid. What distinguishes CBD from THC, however, is that CBD does not contain the same psychoactive properties that THC does. Users report feeling clear-headed and calm after consuming CBD, opposed to the “high” sensation that most users report when using THC. CBD has been suggested to have both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties– and that it may be an effective tool in alleviating anxiety, stress, soothing pain and calming the mind.
Like its counterpart THC, CBD also affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, but in a different way. THC is thought to attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors and “replace” the neurotransmitters, whereas CBD stimulates the receptors, without attaching to them. This suggests that CBD and THC can work together synergistically and produce a desired outcome that is different than if they were working independently. Certain users believe that the psychoactive qualities of THC can actually be subdued with CBD, and that CBD can help get rid of any unwanted side effects of THC.
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