What is the difference between CBD and THC?

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Products are grown (flower) and extracted (concentrates & MIPs) using a state of the art cultivation facility and laboratory-grade extraction and purification techniques to create safe, precise medical marijuana products. Each type of medical marijuana product has different levels of naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, and each is effective to assist patients with specific medical conditions based on the preference.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two primary types of cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant. These two substances interact differently with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, bringing about two very different effects to the patient:

CBD Only Products

CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are arranged differently. This slight variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect while CBD lacks such an influence.

CBD accounts for a large amount of the cannabis extract. Its plentiful nature, coupled with its very limited psychoactive effect, makes it a strong candidate for medical applications.

The effects of CBD include:

  • Reduction of psychoactive symptoms
  • Relief from convulsions and nausea
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased inflammation

Research indicates that CBD may be useful in treating:

  • Schizophrenia – Reduce psychoactive symptoms
  • Social anxiety disorder – Lower anxiety
  • Depression – Reduce depressive symptoms
  • Side effects of cancer treatment – Decrease pain and nausea while stimulating appetite

THC Products

THC is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. This compound works by imitating the effects of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced naturally by the human body to help modulate sleeping and eating habits, as well as the perception of pain.

The effects of THC include:

  • Relaxation
  • Altered senses of sight, smell, and hearing
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Reduced aggression

Research studies have indicated that this cannabinoid may be able to help treat:

  • Side effects of chemotherapy – Reduce nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite
  • Multiple sclerosis – Improve spasticity and bladder function while reducing painful spasms and central pain
  • Glaucoma – Reduce pressure inside the eye
  • AIDS – Alleviate symptoms by stimulating appetite and eating
  • Spinal injury – Lessen tremors

Resources For Patients

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