CBD and THC – what’s the difference?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most common, and also the two best-known compounds in the cannabis plant.

CBD and THC are very different. The most important difference is that THC provides you with a ‘high,’ whereas CBD does not. In fact the CBD has the opposite effect to THC in that it has a calming impact providing a range of symptom relief and medical benefits.

CBD and THC are both known as phytocannabinoids, these compounds interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system present in all mammalian species. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the most prevalent network of receptors in the human body which is responsible for balance and harmony in our bodies.

The ECS houses various cannabinoid receptors which CBD naturally interacts with that in-turn increase receptor function and flow resulting in a wide range of health benefits.  The ECS plays a vital role in a range of diverse functions including appetite, metabolism, energy balance, stress response, immune function, pain, body temperature, wake/sleep cycle, cognition, emotion, and perception.

By introducing CBD into our bodies it can potentially help the ECS regulate balance and harmony in our bodies.