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How THC and CBD Work on Your Body

What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?

THC, a.k.a. Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid within the marijuana plant, present in varying amounts and doses depending upon the strain type and its method of extraction or presented form. In plant or bud form, stronger marijuana crops typically feature around 15-25% THC on average, but extracts and shatters can measure up to anywhere around 80-90% THC in stronger cases. Unlike CBD, THC is psychoactive, and is the reason why the consumption of marijuana is often linked to the development of a “high". On a scientific level, the psychoactive results of THC are described as a change in perception, sensory awareness, behavior and reaction time, just to name a few.
How Does THC Work Within the Body?
Each individual has an important and necessary system within their body, known as the endocannabinoid system, which is present within the brain and throughout the body. This system is responsible for regulating some of the body’s vital processes. Some of these processes include sleep, appetite, mood, immune response and even pain regulation.

THC comes into the equation, by binding to the Cannabinoid 1 receptor, or CB1. It connects with this receptor, impacting the way that neurotransmitters are sent throughout the brain and into different parts of the body. This is why THC is linked with the psychoactive effects as this process can slow down reaction time, as well as affect mood, behavior and more.
For this same reason, the medicinal elements of THC can encourage certain processes within the body to increase productivity.

THC is described as being capable of assisting with sleep regulation, increasing a lack of appetite, helping manage effects of PTSD, manage chronic pain and reduce symptoms of Tourettes, Epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and many others. 
What is CBD (Cannaibidiol)?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is by-far the most studied cannabinoid of the more than 116 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis (hemp) plant. Being all-natural, it comprises around 40% of the hemp plant. 
 
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychotropic. This means CBD will not get you high. CBD is often regarded as the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. With on-going research, the list of its benefits continues to grow giving more and more hope to patients suffering from a multitude of symptoms. 
How Does CBD Work Within The body ?
In hemp, CBD is one of the most essential cannabinoids that come together to form the plant’s complex molecular structure. In the human body, CBD works synergistically with unique receptors called endocannabinoids to maintain your body’s homeostasis. 

Through numerous experiments and clinical trials, CBD has displayed the ability to interact with certain cells in the body that contribute to various health related benefits. In fact, many common medications work in a similar fashion. Their cells mimic the look and function of other naturally produced cells in your body; this is done in an attempt to promote recovery and/or provide other positive effects. Unlike many of these traditional medications, CBD is extracted naturally from plants and not produced synthetically in a lab. This is just one of the many reasons people are looking towards CBD as a possible alternative to current synthetic medications.

THC vs CBD

Effects of THC
  • Psychoactive-"High"
  • Sedating
  • Reduces Pain
  • Relaxes Muscles
  • Eliminates Nausea/Vomiting
  • Increases Appetite
  • Induces Sleep
  • Reduces Feelings of Anxiety/Depression


Effects of CBD
  • No Psychoactive Properties
  • Alert in Low Doses
  • Sedating in High Doses
  • Reduces Pain
  • Relaxes Muscles
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Elimintaes Nausea/Vomiting
  • Reduces Feelings of Anxiety/Depression
  • Reduces Psychotic Thoughts
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Anti-Convulsant