CBD vs THC – A Primer

As we dive into the realm of greater access to cannabis products, consumers will grow conscious of their options.  Strains, terpene profiles, taste, etc.  However one of the greatest aspects that will be discussed is cannabidiol, or CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

Both CBD and THC are sold in oils, gels, gummies, and even more edibles!  As the essential compounds in cannabis, they are closely related to our bodies’ endocannabinoid system.  The compounds interact with our body mainly by changing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.  Those neurotransmitters are responsible for pain, sleep, stress, immune function, and much more.

CBD and THC of course have differing effects on how they target those neurotransmitters however, they do have some commonalities between them such as pain reduction and lowering anxiety.  Keep in mind that CBD will have a greater effect on lowering anxiety than THC does based on its effects.

The main positive effects of THC are:

  • reducing pain
  • easing insomnia
  • eases glaucoma by lowering eye pressure
  • boosts appetite

However, THC does have some drawbacks in certain individuals.  Those include, but are not limited to:

  • increased heart rate
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes

CBD however, is well tolerated in high doses and doesn’t really carry any serious side-effects.  The most important fact with these two is – neither of them are fatal.

In our next installment in cannabis education, we will discuss these elements in more detail.  Stay tuned to the Cannilux Blog for more!

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