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  • How CBD and THC differ

    cbd and thc

    The cannabis plant contains over 113 chemical compounds. The two best known of these compounds are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Below we take a look at both cannabinoids and explain how they differ.

    What is THC and what is CBD?

    • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant. THC activates the brain's reward system because it increases our dopamine levels. THC was first isolated by Roger Adams in the 1940s. Nowadays, THC is mostly consumed through smoking marijuana.
    • Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD was first discovered in the 1940s and has seen a huge boom in recent years due to its health properties. CBD is obtained from EU certified industrial hemp.
    CBD and THC: the main differences


    THC and CBD act differently on the endocannabinoid system. This system plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis. The details of the complex endocannabinoid system are still unknown to researchers. However, it has been established that the system is linked to processes such as memory, appetite, sleep, mood, and fertility.

    Therefore, while THC and CBD are similar, there is one key difference:

    • THC is psychoactive. It creates a high and a "high feeling". THC is always obtained from marijuana.
    • CBD is not psychoactive. So it doesn't create any high. CBD is typically extracted from hemp.

    Why is THC psychoactive and CBD not? As described above, this is related to the endocannabinoid system. Both cannabinoids act on different receptors in the brain.

    By the way: cannabis is the Latin word for hemp. Marijuana refers to the dried flowers of the female hemp plant.

    How is the chemical structure built up?

    Both CBD and THC are similar in chemical structure to the body's natural endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters or chemical compounds that work in the brain and transmit signals between nerve cells in the body. They play an important role in a wide variety of functions such as sleep, pain, appetite, mood, and affect the immune system.

    By mimicking endocannabinoids, CBD and THC bind receptors and cause different effects in the body. In fact, CBD and THC have the same molecular structure. They only differ in the arrangement of these molecules.

    Benefits of CBD and THC

    Research into the health benefits of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, there are already promising studies that both CBD and THC could be helpful for the treatment of various diseases and ailments. Above all, CBD is used more and more medically, for example for the following complaints:

    • migraine
    • depressions
    • Seizures
    • Inflammation
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Difficulty falling asleep
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • and much more

    Is CBD also illegal?

    The possession and consumption of THC is prohibited in many countries. With CBD, on the other hand, it looks very different: Because CBD is not psychoactive, it is not considered an intoxicant in most countries. In Germany, for example, CBD is declared as a food supplement and is freely available. Important requirement: In Germany, CBD products may contain a maximum of 0.2 percent THC.

    By the way: That's why you don't need to worry if you consume CBD and have to do a drug test. Legal CBD is so low in THC that drug tests fail.

    Are there any differences in taking?

    CBD and THC come in a wide variety of varieties. For example oils, tinctures, sprays, vape products or food. If you are looking for high quality CBD products, you have come to the right place at CBDNOL®. Whether CBD oils, CBD cosmetics, CBD flowers or CBD foods: Browse through our shop and take a look at our wide range of CBD products. Our CBD oils with various CBD concentrations are particularly popular.

    What else you should know

    • An overdose of THC or CBD is theoretically possible, but very unlikely. To date, not a single case of cannabis overdose has been reported. In the case of CBD, this is mainly due to its very low toxicity. For a dosage, you would have to consume around a hundred times as much CBD as the daily dose (30 milligrams) in a short period of time.
    • There is no clear dosage recommendation for CBD. Everyone reacts differently to CBD and therefore needs different amounts of CBD. It is best to start with a small dose and watch how your body reacts. If necessary, you can then gradually increase the dose until you achieve the desired effect.
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