Difference between CBD and THC

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa & Cannabis indica).

Both, THC and CBD interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, but the types of effects brought about by these compounds couldn’t be more different! 

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

THC is the main psychoactive component of street Cannabis. After many years of selective breeding towards super strong skunks and cannabis cup winning recreational strains, CBD levels have dramatically dropped in everyday 'street cannabis'.

CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore has been slowly out bred by cannabis breeders in order to increase THC levels.

CBD and THC are the two most common compounds in cannabis and because the majority of UK cannabis smokers are usually unaware of CBD in the first place, cannabis has been only seen as a way to get high. Until recently, A new found understanding of cannabis has arisen from new insights and research carried out in America after American decriminalisation in certain states for the purpose of actioning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

Cannabidiol, CBD  - it will not get you high; the research has shown that CBD can actually balance out the THC effects in your body! This unique feature of CBD is what makes it so appealing to people that do not wish to be away with the fairies all day and even more important to children who's brains haven't fully developed and where THC is certainly usually not advised.

CBD has been used to treat younger children with various ailments.

This video is very interesting and shows how THC without CBD can potentially play havoc on your mind by increasing the chances of paranoia and anxiety:

The THC & CBD experiment  

The effects...

The effects of THC include relaxation, altered senses of sight, smell, and hearing, fatigue, hunger and reduced aggression.

Research studies have indicated that tetrahydrocannabiol may be able to help treat:

  • Side effects of chemotherapy – Reduce nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite 
  • Multiple sclerosis – Improve spasticity and bladder function while reducing painful spasms and central pain
  • Glaucoma – Reduce pressure inside the eye
  • AIDS – Alleviate symptoms by stimulating appetite and eating
  • Spinal injury – Lessen tremors

The effects of CBD include reduction of psychotic symptoms, relief from convulsions and nausea, decreased anxiety and decreased inflammation. Research indicates that cannabidiol may be useful in treating:

  • Schizophrenia – Reduce psychotic symptoms
  • Social anxiety disorder – Lower anxiety
  • Depression – Reduce depressive symptoms
  • Side effects of cancer treatment – Decrease pain and nausea while stimulating appetite

Legal status

THC is classified as a controlled substance in the UK.

CBD is 100% legal in the UK. 

While the differences between hemp and cannabis are quite vague and borderline non-existent in nature, in relation to UK and EU law the differences are quite clear.

Cannabis is considered to be unregistered strains of cannabis sativa with a THC content regularly over 0.2%.

Hemp is classified as European registered cannabis strains with a THC content below 0.2%.  

CBD Gold eLiquid is made from organic CBD, extracted from the purest industrial hemp and is at a standard that meets the 2016 UK regulations of industry practice.

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