Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the main active ingredients of cannabis.
Both are cannabinoids. Many species of cannabis are known because they contain a high level of THC and a low level of CBD. However, the medical community is now enjoying the CBD.
Below we list the main differences between these two substances and which tend to make CBD a legal and not psychotic substance.
- Anti-psychotic: Unlike THC which has psychoactive drug effect ( or psychotomimetic ) when taken in a highly concentrated amount, CBD has anti-psychotic effects: protects against the narcotic / psychotic effects of THC and is a legal substance.
- Focus: THC is the psychoactive substance of cannabis where CBD has anti-psychotic effects. CBD can help to focus and focus, and also to be more resolute.
- Antioxidant: Just like green tea, CBD has an antioxidant effect 1, which reduces or prevents the oxidation of other parts of our body, and especially the absorption of free radicals.
- Anti-anxiety: THC is known to make some people who take it anxious or paranoid. But the CBD is known to have the opposite effect. In fact, studies have shown that CBD acts to counteract the effects of anxiety caused by THC. Other studies have also shown that CBD can reduce anxiety when it is given alone.
- Natural sleep: One of the most common uses of cannabis is to help you fall asleep, where THC actively participates. Although CBD does not act as a sleeping pill but it is actually its anti-anxiety effect that can help you find a natural sleep state. Opposing effects of THC and CBD explain why some cannabis varieties give a more sleepy effect while others make the person more active.
- Legal form: While most countries prohibit THC (in Switzerland products must contain less than 1% THC to be legal), CBD is not classified as an addictive substance.
On this basis of information it is therefore very interesting to use products with a good CBD content. In fact, for some years the number of producers for hemp species with a very low THC value and a high CBD value has been growing rapidly. .
(1): Mechoulam R, Peters M, Murillo-Rodriguez E, Hanus LO (August 2007). "Cannabidiol-recent advances". Chem. Biodivers. (Review) 4 (8): 1678-92. doi: 10.1002 / cbdv.200790147. PMID 17712814