CBD vs. THC: Will CBD Get You High?
The most known and familiar cannabinoids are THC and CBD, each interacts with the ECS (endocannabinoid system) in unique ways. THC is infamous for the "high" it creates, but what about CBD? What is the difference between THC and CBD?
One Atom Apart
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are comprised of the exact same chemical compounds. They look identical (30 hydrogen atoms, 2 oxygen atoms, and 21 carbon atoms) except for the arrangement of ONE atom.
All cannabinoids act differently when connected to a cannabinoid receptor so they each cause potentially different types of support. THC contains psychoactive properties that give users an intoxicating high, on the other hand, CBD is not intoxicating and can not create a high. Full-Spectrum CBD from industrial hemp that contains between 0% - 0.3% THC does not contain enough THC to impair your daily functions and it is non-addictive.
Another beneficial aspect of CBD is that it does not have the array of negative side effects, such as poor memory and low mood, that are associated with THC. In contrast, CBD is able to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is unlikely to affect memory and there are currently no known negative side effects when CBD is taken properly.
Cannabinoids and Receptors
Cannabinoids are defined as a group of chemical compounds that are derived from hemp and cannabis. They are also found in humans and animals as endocannabinoids, created in a lab as synthetic cannabinoids, and within plants as phytocannabinoids. These compounds can interact with receptors in your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is one of the major regulatory systems.
CB1 and CB2 are two of the most important cannabinoid receptors. Grasping how these two receptors function is a fundamental part of understanding how your endocannabinoid system impacts different areas of your body.
CB1 receptors are most abundant in your brain but can be found throughout your body. Within the brain, they are mostly found in areas that are responsible for high cognition, emotion, memory, and motor coordination. CB2 receptors are scattered throughout your body in the nervous system, colon, brain, bones and more abundantly in immune tissues such as your tonsils, spleen, and thymus gland.
Alleviating symptoms of anxiety, mood swings, sleeplessness, and inflammation are some of the vast nutritive benefits that are created by the interaction between the receptors and the phytocannabinoids of the hemp and cannabis plants (CBD and THC).
THC activates the CB1 receptors by binding directly to it causing the euphoric, "high" sensation. The CB1 receptors are considered part of your body's "reward system."
CBD activates and binds with the CB2 receptors, as well as others, but it interferes with the activity of CB1 receptors, more notably when THC is also present. These receptors affect your body's inflammatory responses and can reduce inflammation when your endocannabinoid system is in homeostasis and activates those CB2 receptors.
Full-Spectrum Hemp/CBD Does Not Get You High
Full-spectrum CBD is created from organic industrial hemp plants that can contain anywhere from 0-0.3% THC. This amount is non-addictive and intoxication-free. This is very important for people that want to utilize CBD's nourishment without getting high. Just be aware that even though you do not feel any negative effects of the THC, it is still possible for it to show up on a drug test.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, phytonutrients, terpenes, flavonoids, and antioxidants that are present in hemp. This helps your body's ECS balance your body so you can feel like the best version of yourself, faster.
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