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CBD vs THC

Since the demand for natural medicines is currently on the rise, cannabis compounds such as THC and CBD have become very popular. This is because these substances offer a range of different health benefits.

While both of these substances are very closely related to each other, they do not have the identical impact and effects on the human body.

If you would compare the molecular structure of CBD and THC, you will find out that both of them have very different structural makeup. However, the chemical makeup of both of these substances is the same.

Both THC and CBD are composed of 30 hydrogen atoms, 2 oxygen atoms, and 21 carbon atoms.

However, just due to the arrangement of a single atom, the compounds happen to have a different structure and hence, different properties.

Essentially, both the THC and CBD bind to the CB2 receptor. However, research has shown that they have a very different way of interacting with the CB1 Receptor.

Primarily due to the difference in molecular structure, THC binds with CB1 Receptors directly. Due to the creation of this bond, signals are created that are then delivered to the brain. The result of these signals is the psychoactive effect that we refer to as ‘the high’.

In comparison to THC, it has been shown by research that CBD does not form any bonds with the CB1 receptor directly. Moreover, if enough CBD is present, it may even negate the bond that is formed between the CB1 receptors and THC. This will neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC.

While everyone loves the medicinal benefits that THC may offer, the psychoactive effects that are a byproduct of this substance may not be favorable for everyone. On the other hand, CBD oil is capable of delivering most of the medicinal benefits of THC without delivering a psychoactive effect as a byproduct.

As far as the law goes, THC is previously been classified as an illegal substance because of the mind-altering effects that it delivers. However, its use is not being legalized in a number of different states and countries (within certain conditions).

On the other hand, CBD lies in a very grey area primarily because of its close relationship with the compound THC. Hence, from a legal perspective, CBD oil is safer to use.

There is a range of different similarities that both the THC and CBD compounds have. However, their differences are also rather distinct. It is important to clarify that neither of these chemicals is superior to the other. Both of these compounds, namely THC and CBD happen to have a range of unique health benefits. Hence, both or one of these may be able to provide you relief depending on your condition.

Often at times, people like to take a mixture of both of these combined especially in cases where they want to enjoy the health benefits of CBD with the psychoactive effects of THC together.

On the other hand, some people may consider the psychoactive effects of THC to be a negative point.