Are CBD & THC the Same? | Wanae Life | Learn the Difference
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) often get lumped together because they both are derived from hemp and are used therapeutically. But are they the same? Thomas DeLauer discusses what makes CBD and THC different.
CBD and THC do different things in your body.
They both ultimately act upon what are called CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, but what's interesting is that CBD doesn't even directly affect those receptors. I'll make some sense of all this in just a second, but first off, let me just quickly explain what CBD is.
CBD is usually an oil that's derived from maybe hemp or some other cannabis compound. What the whole purpose of CBD is, is to give you the non-psychoactive components of cannabis but with all the positive effects, but what we have to look at is that it really acts in a whole different system in the body.
We have something in our bodies known as endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are our body's own natural way of stimulating the CB1 and CB2 receptors, basically to modulate inflammation or to modulate our nervous system or to really have different effects in the body. The CB1 receptors directly affect our brain and directly affect our nervous system, whereas the CB2 receptors directly affect our immune system. But the interesting thing is, is that CBD oil doesn't actually affect these at all. What it does is it stimulates the production of our body's natural endocannabinoids, and it slightly changes the structure of the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It allows your body to naturally create more of these endocannabinoids, whereas cannabis, you're directly putting a compound in your body that's going to directly affect these receptors.
When you consume THC, or cannabis, that THC directly stimulates the CB1.
It directly affects it. It binds with it perfectly, and it affects it, and it stimulates it, which is why you get the nervous system response and why you get the psychotropic response. There's very little stimulation or very little effect on the actual CB2 receptors. There is a little bit, so you do get some immune response, but most of it is psychological. Most of it is nervous system related. That's why you end up getting pain relief. That's why you end up getting the effects that are going to help you feel better, simply because you're stimulating that CB1 receptor.
Then we look at CBD oil, which directly affects the CB1 receptor in an entirely different way. It changes the CB1's actual structure. It makes it more receptive to endocannabinoids. If you look at this one receptor that THC or cannabis usually stimulates, whenever you take CBD, it changes that structure. It makes it more enticing to your body's natural endocannabinoids. We're talking about anandamide, all these natural things that just help you feel good and feel relaxed and feel just a general sense of well-being. When you change that structure, you're making it more receptive to that, but what you're also doing is you're making it less receptive to THC.
A lot of times, what people will do is they will actually combine CBD with THC because CBD blocks the ability for THC to really have that much of an effect. Basically, THC makes you high. CBD doesn't. In fact, CBD stops you from getting high. When you actually look at the difference between CBD and THC, people will always say that they're so similar and, "Oh, it's like a legal form of THC, or a legal form of cannabis." It's actually the anti-cannabis in a way. It's like the anti-THC. It's the other side of the equation that stimulates your body's natural production of these endocannabinoids and allows your body to use them naturally.
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