If you are new to the world of cannabis, you may be wondering what the difference is between two natural compounds found in the products at our stores: CBD and THC. While both compounds are found in the cannabis sativa plant, they have very different effects on the mind and body.
The most important distinction between CBD and THC is that CBD does not intoxicate the user. While THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, causing the feeling of being “high”, CBD does not elicit the same response. Instead, CBD is often described as offering a “calming” effect, relaxing the body and mind without any intoxicating effect.
THC and CBD both interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in our bodies. The “high” feeling associated with THC is due to THC binding with receptors, mostly in the brain, that control things such as pain perception and mood. On the other hand, CBD is thought to interact differently with these receptors, having more of an effect on feelings of well-being.
CBD also binds to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, lowering the ability of THC to activate these receptors, leading to a less intense psychoactive effect. For this reason, products with a mix of CBD and THC are recommended for first-time consumers.
Side Effects of CBD & THC
CBD, even in high doses, is not likely to result in any side effects. With that being said, consumers have reported minor side effects with CBD use, including changes in appetite, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness and diarrhea. It is thought that these side effects are likely due to the interactions of CBD with other drugs and medications in the body.
In comparison, THC has many known temporary side effects. These include an increased heart rate, dry mouth, red eyes, and an effect on coordination abilities. In some users, THC can cause feelings of anxiety.
Methods of Consumption
While THC was traditionally ingested by smoking marijuana, alternative methods of consumption have been developed over the years to offer variety and convenience.
THC is available in the following forms –
- Smokeable products (rolled joints, vapes, bongs, etc.)
- Edibles (brownies, chocolates, candies, etc.)
- Beverages (teas, beers, etc.)
CBD products include –
- Topical creams and gels
Choosing The Right Product For You
Depending on the type of experience you are looking for, there are a variety of both CBD and THC products available, each with unique effects on the body and mind.
Looking to experience feelings of being “high”? THC is what you are looking for. We have an extensive collection of dried flowers, edibles, vapes, and pre-rolled joints available. Choosing the best method of ingestion can be tricky! Just remember that if you are new to cannabis, products with a mix of CBD and THC will result in a more comfortable experience. Talk to our experts in-store to find the perfect fit for you.
Hoping to have a more relaxed experience with no intoxicating effects? CBD is your best bet. Flowertopia stores have CBD oils, capsules and edibles available for your convenience. Our experts can guide you through the available products and help you choose the right experience for your needs.
CBD and THC have highly different effects on the mind and body, and experiences vary between individuals. Despite being derived from the same plant, their chemical arrangement causes very different reactions. Before consuming THC or CBD, consider the type of experience you are looking for and let our budtenders at Flowetopia help you select the best possible products for you.