Despite having a very simple purpose, marijuana itself is actually a fascinatingly complex organism. In fact, the cannabis plant comes into two strains (indica and sativa) and contains 500 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Once consumed, these chemicals enter our system and directly interact with our endocannabinoid system (a portion of the brain). As a result, human beings will feel a rush of euphoria, happiness, and confidence that is known as a “high.” However, two chemicals in particular play an important role in “weed experiences”: THC and cannabidiol (CBD). What is the difference between these two cannabinoids and how do they affect the brain? Let’s take a closer look at these strange components and see.

Two Types of Cannabinoids

THC (short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most potent cannabinoid in marijuana and serves as a psychoactive agent. Once you consume or smoke cannabis, THC flows through the brain and stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that induces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction (a reward chemical, of sorts). This feeling is what doctors refer to as a “high.” Hardcore marijuana aficionados often seek out strains that are riddled with THC.

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is the second most influential cannabinoid in marijuana. Rather than inducing a high, this chemical calms and relaxes the body and can sometimes curb the effects of THC, depending on the potency. People cannot become addicted to CBD. This cannabinoid is especially famous for being the root of a medication used to treat epileptic seizures.

Different Experiences

Members of the cannabis community (and doctors, for that matter) will explain that CBD will directly affect your experience with marijuana. For example, if a person consumed a strain with low THC and high CBD, this individual will most likely not experience paranoia, anxiety, and other unpleasant feelings that accompany higher THC concentrations. Here are the ways marijuana plant cannabinoids are measured:

  • High THC/Low CBD (approx. 10-30% THC, traces of CBD)
  • Equal THC and CBD (approx. 5-15% THC and CBD)
  • High CBD/Low THC (approx. 5-20% CBD, traces or 5% of THC)

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