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CBD vs. THC: comparison & differences between these molecules

Le CBD and THC are two molecules found in cannabis plants among hundreds of others. And both are part of the set of cannabinoids.

Le CBD concretely means "cannabidiol"And is found mainly in the chemical composition of Cannabis Sativa.

Le THC concretely means "Tétrahydrocannabidiol"And is the main psychoactive compound present in cannabis.

CBD, and THC, interact directly with the human body through what is called the endocannabinoid system. This system says "endocannabinoid"Is a series of natural receptors mainly located in the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. There are currently two cannabinoid receptors: CB-1 and CB-2.

These receptors mainly have the effect of activating and stimulating a natural response of the body, particularly with regard to pain, anxiety, or stress, for example. The key role of this endocannabinoid system would be to maintain, or restore, so-called homeostasis.

homeostasis was discovered in 1866 by French physician and physiologist Claude Bernard. This corresponds to the capacity of an organic system to maintain the equilibrium of its internal environment. And this regardless of the external constraints that can be exerted on him. We can quote: body temperature, blood glucose, blood pressure, or heart rate.

What are the effects of THC on the endocannabinoid system?

Le THC has an effect psychoactive.

Concretely, it means that he can modify:

  • our mood,
  • our behavior,
  • our perception of things,
  • our cognition.

This is what cannabis smokers feel with a high percentage of THC.

Some people sometimes feel an effect of "highWhich would give them relaxation, sharper senses, and a strong appetite for food. An effect would also be noted on the feeling of physical pain, but also moral in depression, or a cure for cravings for nausea, insomnia, or lack of appetite. The use of recreational cannabis would also provide a certain euphoria, an easy laugh, a powerful cerebral effect in sum comparable to a sensation of intoxication.

But it is also undeniable that a strong feeling of anxiety or even paranoia can be induced by the consumption of THC.

What are the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system?

Recently discovered, the CBD is recognized to be a non-psychoactive cannabinoid (unlike THC).

Le CBD would even have a antagonistic effect THC by neutralizing harmful side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, alteration of senses and perception of things. CBD would soften the toxic effects of THC. Even more surprising, CBD would increase the positive effects of THC over time by limiting its degradation by the liver. CBD has a modulatory role on THC with softer, relaxing, lasting and less psychoactive effects.

What are the effects of CBD consumption without THC?

By consuming Pure CBD, that is to say without the presence of THC, the consumer will not necessarily suffer no psychoactive effects linked to THC.

That is, its consumption does not lead to no modification or alteration of the human spirit.

The perception of the senses and the feeling of the events therefore remain identical before and after the consumption of CBD. The perception of space time is the same. And the same cognitive functioning. Your state of consciousness will remain the same, and your decisions will not be altered. The consumption of CBD also has no influence on the libido, or on your ability to concentrate. The nature of your social interactions will not be changed.

At best, the CBD could then provide a slight sense of tranquility, zenitude.

But no euphoria, feeling of drunkenness, or changing our perception of the senses related to THC.

Above all, the CBD would have more medicinal virtues. Scientific research has focused on CBD since these last 10 years. Among the research axes: the reduction and prevention of inflammations, nausea, diabetes, alcoholism, TSTP (or PTSD), schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, anti-psychotic, anxiolytic. It would also act as anti-pain, anti-spasmodic muscle and anti-neuropathic pain.

Finally, the consumption of CBD would not lead to forms of dependence either. No trouble would be deplored in case of cessation of consumption after consumption even if regular and daily. On the contrary, CBD is now used as a treatment to fight against forms of tobacco addiction! But also face cocaine type hard drugs. As well as for the phenomena of gambling addiction ...