By now you’ve learned that the levels of CBD and THC vary by the strain of Cannabis. They both have similar genetic makeup and they both have significant therapeutic properties. However, they have different effects on the body.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis plant. It has medicinal properties that help users with pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, appetite, glaucoma, nausea and more. In terms of ECS function, THC is responsible for physically binding with the cannabinoid receptors (specifically the CB1 receptors in the brain). This is how it produces its famous euphoric high.
CBD, considered the non-psychoactive compound, is used to treat many of the same conditions as well as anxiety, depression, seizures, IBS and more. Interestingly enough, CBD actually interferes with the binding of THC and the CB1 receptor, thus neutralizing the “high” of THC. The actual combination of CBD and THC provides powerful medicinal effects. It also provides a minimized high for users that are sensitive to the effects of THC. Of course, this is only an option in states where THC is federally legal.