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CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference

Liposomal CBD Oils and THC have become extremely popular in the last few years because they offer a wide range of health benefits. While their legality is still an issue there is no denying the fact that both compounds can help in treating some serious diseases.

CBD and THC are two of the most important cannabinoids identified in the Cannabis plant. Even though the cannabis plant has more than 100 cannabinoids, CBD and THC are the most extensively studied and widely used.

While their medical use is remarkably increasing there is yet little known about the differences between the two and you need to be more aware before you can choose a product.

Difference in the Chemical Structure

Both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure with:

· 21 Carbon Atoms

· 30 Hydrogen Atoms

· 2 oxygen Atoms

But the difference lies in the arrangement of a single atom.

Both these cannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system which regulates body functions like sleep, appetite, mood, pain, etc. There are two kinds of receptors in the endocannabinoid system known as CB1 and CB2 with which both the cannabinoids (and others) interact.

Different Effects on the Human Body

The difference in the arrangement of that single atom makes both of them interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in different ways. This is why CBD and THC both have different effects on the human body. THC can bind to both CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors while CBD can only bind to CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are present in the central nervous system, so when they interact with THC they produce the “high” sensation. Whereas CB2 receptors are found more in the peripheral nervous system, so when CBD interacts with them it does not produces psychoactive effects.

What’s the right CBD to THC ratio for you?

While choosing a strain or a product you need to keep in mind the CBD to THC ratio. A strain with a higher THC ratio is linked with psychoactive effects whereas a strain with a higher CBD ratio does not produce any "high" effects. This means that the higher THC ratio will have stronger effects while the higher CBD ratio will have more soothing effects.

Following are the ratios from which you can choose:

· 18:1 – Low THC, high CBD

· 8:2 – Low THC, high CBD

· 4:1 – Medium THC, high CBD

· 2:1 – Balanced ratio

· 1:1 – Exactly balanced

If you are a novice CBD or cannabis user, and looking to help you improve your stress levels or anxiety, then CBD might be more ideal for you. CBD is can help with multiple symptoms, and if you aren’t ready to get high but still want the good effect of cannabis we recommend you to start with a CBD product first!

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