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The Difference Between THC & CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two major components of the cannabis plant and the compounds that we, as cannabis consumers, interact with. While cannabis has seen a spike in popularity here Colorado, the public's understanding of these two compounds remains minimal and misconceptions persist. Below, let's take a look at these two compounds and their effect on the human body.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is the more well-known of these two compounds, mostly due to the fact that THC is the psychoactive element in cannabis (meaning it provides a high to the consumer). Because of this, many modern cannabis strains favor this part of cannabis makeup and many people have dismissed THC as the "recreational" component to the plant. But that isn't necessarily true.

There is evidence that THC can provide medical benefits. For example, it is proven to be an effective sleep aid with some consumers. It's shown to help treat nausea, lack of appetite, glaucoma, and even asthma, as well. While THC isn't known to cure any of these ailments, it continues to be valuable for patients who need help managing debilitating symptoms.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Because CBD isn't psychoactive, it's received far less popular attention than THC. This, however, may change as more and more states are legalizing medical marijuana and allowing researchers to further investigate the plant's medical benefits.

CBD has shown to be effective in treating anxiety and has shown promise with schizophrenics as an anti-psychotic. The compound is also believed to be anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and even an anti-tumoral—meaning it can help prevent and possibly fight cancer.

Different strains have different amounts of THC and CBD. Whether you have a prescription for cannabis or are looking for a desired recreational effect, the knowledgeable professionals at our Boulder marijuana dispensary are ready to assist you. Call us at The Station today.