Though they share the same source plant family (cannabis), there is a huge difference between CBD and THC — both in the effect they have, as well as the way they chemically interact with your body.
Until recently, CBD was somewhat stigmatized and not taken seriously as a potential medically therapeutic agent due to its chemical proximity to THC (the chemical that creates an intoxicating “high”).
Now that those barriers are coming down, CBD is finally being scientifically explored in full for the first time. When it comes to CBD vs. THC, let’s set the record straight once and for all.
- Indirect agonist of cannabinoids
- Binds to the allosteric receptor site
- Non-toxic and safe for humans and animals
- Highly psychoactive/intoxicating
- Has been shown to cause anxiety in some users
- Still illegal in many parts of the United States and the rest of the world
- Directly binds to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors
- Binds to the orthostatic receptor site
- Not appropriate for animals