CBD & THC: Cannabinoids
CBD ( Cannabidiol) and THC ( Tetrahydrocannabinol) are two cannabinoids derived from hemp plants, “cannabis” in Latin. They are well known as they are the two main cannabinoids most commonly found in this plant, so they can easily be extracted for use.
There are nearly 144 cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBC, CBN, CBG, etc… They all interact with the human endo-cannabinoid system: a set of receptors located all over our body.
These are becoming more and more studied and analysed by scientists around the world, as their use for medical well-being has increased significantly.
CBD & THC: Distinctions
It is important to note the difference between these two cannabinoids as they greatly define their use.
THC is the most popular cannabinoid used by recreational cannabis consumers because it alters perception and consciousness. It is also of great interest because of its medical contributions.
Cannabidiol is the second most common cannabinoid in hemp plants. Unlike its cousin THC, it has no psychotropic effect: it can therefore be used at any time of the day, without ever changing your consciousness or perception.
CBD & THC: Uses
They both have different uses. THC is used for many pathologies in the various medical fields worldwide that have authorized its availability: appetite, pain, sleep, etc….
Cannabidiol is officially prescribed by the British pharmacopoeia on prescription for its use in epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. However, numerous scientific studies and feedback from use allow us to propose several other contributions: sleep, stress, anxiety, osteoarthritis, inflammation, psoriasis, eczema, etc….
CBD & THC: Legislation
THC is a cannabinoid that causes psychotropic side effects: it is therefore prohibited in most countries for recreational and free use. However, it is tolerated in some countries that have legalized recreational cannabis. For its medical use, it is used under prescription in some medical practices around the world, but also in the United Kingdom for its action on multiple sclerosis.
Cannabidiol does not cause any psychotropic side effects: it is therefore perfectly legal in most countries, as long as it contains no traces of THC.