Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and in recent times, it has gained more attention due to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in several states. Two of the most well-known components of cannabis are THC and CBD. In this blog, we'll discuss the differences between THC and CBD, their benefits, and what to look out for when using each.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating various physiological and cognitive processes, including pain, appetite, mood, and memory. However, they have different effects on the body.
THC is the compound that gives the “high” associated with marijuana use. It binds with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, producing euphoria, relaxation, and altered sensory perception. Psychoactive substances can alter a person's consciousness, mood, perception, or behavior. THC can also stimulate appetite and reduce nausea which can be helpful for certain people.
CBD, on the other hand, does not produce a psychoactive effect. It can bind with cannabinoid receptors but does not produce the same “high” as THC. CBD is known for its therapeutic effects, including reducing inflammation, relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and improving sleep.
When using THC, it's important to consider the dosage as well as the method of consumption. When consumed in high doses or through smoking, THC can cause negative side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, and impaired memory. Additionally, smoking THC can have negative effects on lung health, so other methods such as edibles or vaporizers may be preferred.
CBD is generally considered safe and with minimal side effects. The quality and concentration of CBD can vary widely, so it's important to purchase from a reputable source and to look for third-party lab testing results. Research suggests that CBD shows promise in helping relieve pain and reduce inflammation, which could be useful for athletes participating in intense exercise.
Here are two of the main benefits of CBD that I have found to be very helpful:
Relieve pain and Reduce Inflammation
CBD can help to relieve pain by reducing inflammation and by interacting with neurotransmitters and receptors involved in pain signaling. Specifically, CBD has been shown to interact with a specific receptor, the TRPV1 receptor, which is involved in regulating pain perception, inflammation, and body temperature. CBD can be infused into topical treatments in creams, oils, or lotions to releive pain through the muscles, or CBD can be consumed and it is important to note the concentration of CBD and how it affects you personally since everyone has different tolerances.
Improve sleep quality
CBD has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which can promote relaxation and make it easier to fall asleep. CBD can interact with receptors in the brain that are involved in regulating circadian rhythms, which help promote more regular sleep patterns.
Do you think it's time to implement CBD into your nightly routine?