The Two Most Popular Cannabinoids

What are THC and CBD?

As cannabis is now legal in Canada, more people are becoming curious about the terminology retailers use, with THC and CBD being two prominent terms.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are two naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. There are more than 85 cannabinoids in cannabis, yet THC and CBD are the two most prominent and understood of all cannabinoids.

While sharing many similarities, THC and CBD are notably different when consumed through cannabis, causing a variety of effects. Most recreational cannabis has a higher concentration of THC compared to CBD, although you also get CBD products that feature little to no THC. There are also cannabis strains that have a moderate amount of THC and CBD.

So, knowing the differences between THC and CBD is quite useful for anyone looking to try cannabis or cannabis products. Let’s take a closer look to see what the main differences are between THC and CBD.

Possibly one of the most important facts to note: ONLY THC IS PSYCHOACTIVE!

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What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC interacts with the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system, with the reaction sending all kinds of signals to the brain, literally causing the high we feel whenever consuming cannabis.

As the main psychoactive compound of cannabis, it causes various effects on the mind and body that are very noticeable.

What are the Effects of THC?

Anyone that has tried cannabis is familiar with these pleasurable effects, which includes feelings of euphoria, happiness. while things like food and drink feel incredibly enjoyable when high. That’s not all either, as THC is known for its potent effects on the body too.

However, THC often affects people differently. Not everyone experiences a pleasurable high from THC, especially in high doses.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the other main cannabinoid present in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, CBD interacts with the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system, causing it to react very differently, most notably being non-psychoactive.

As a result, CBD mainly affects the body, although it does offer benefits to the mind too, but these aren’t experienced like the typical high you expect from cannabis.

What are the Effects of CBD?

CBD has many positive effects on the mind and body, much of which has only recently been studied. Of course, one of the most notable effects of CBD, or lack of effects, is that there is no high.

Don’t forget to check out what each province is offering through Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), Alberta Cannabis, BC Cannabis Store or Societe Quebec de Cannabis‘ websites.

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