The benefits of CBD without THC
Many of us are already familiar with CBD products and we are aware of the benefits. In the market, there is a wide range of CBD products we can pick. Most of these products derive from hemp, which is a Cannabis sativa strain. Cannabis itself has many beneficial compounds that when taken appropriately can be very helpful for the well-being of our body and mind. Two of these compounds are THC and CBD, which are the two most active cannabinoids of cannabis. These two act differently in the endocannabinoid system. While most of the CBD products may also contain a small percentage of THC, people want to know if CBD without THC is better. Here we will explain the differences between CBD and THC, and also the benefits of CBD without THC.
What are the differences between CBD and THC?
To not give the wrong idea that CBD and THC are completely different let’s explain the similarities first. CBD and THC have a similar structure, containing the same amount of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Both CBD and THC are able to interact with the endocannabinoid system. But they are different in the arrangement of atoms, a deviation responsible for the difference in effects these two compounds have on our body and mind. THC and CBD, both can have different effects on immunity, mood, digestion, etc. The system responsible for all of these is the endocannabinoid system, which brings balance.
To get a better idea on the interaction between these cannabinoids with the endocannabinoid system we will break it down in two sentences:
- THC binds specifically to the CB1 receptor, giving THC its psychoactive effects, causing euphoria and “high” feeling.
- CBD disrupts the binding of CB1 and THC, thus lower the psychoactive effects which cause addiction.
CBD and THC characteristics
Furthermore, let’s just break down two or three more characteristics of these two:
- While THC has the ability to “get you high”, CBD does not.
- Both have a host of medicinal benefits.
- THC is mostly derived from marijuana which is illegal by federal law, while CBD can be legally derived from hemp.
Medical benefits of CBD and THC
- is anti-psychotic
- has anti-oxidant properties
- helps against inflammation
- stimulates bone growth
- kills cancer cells
- has the ability to ease pain
- can help with relaxation
- helps against nerve damages
- suppresses muscle spasms
Both, THC and CBD help in the treatment of pain, but research shows that CBD is better for inflammatory pain. On the other hand, THC is better on cramp-related pain.
What are the benefits of CBD without THC?
Using CBD without THC can provide unique health benefits. First of all, it promotes a healthy mental state, turning those negative periods into positive. Serotonin receptors play a massive role in the regulation of mood and CBD acts as an antagonist of these receptors. While regulating social behavior and promoting a positive mental state, CBD helps the nervous system promoting healthy functioning. This is very important because the nervous system may get out of balance in different situations, and the endocannabinoid system balances it. Another thing that is essential for a healthy life, is sleep. A better sleeping experience is all some people want, and more than 30% of the population report trouble getting to sleep. Taking CBD without THC can help you improve your sleep.
A reason to avoid THC is that CBD without THC will not show up when taking a drug test. This can be very important, especially when your job requires a drug test. In conclusion, after explaining the similarities and differences, we can state that CBD without THC is just as beneficial as CBD with THC in combination.