According to Relief Scout research, about 69% of consumers do not know, or are unsure of the difference between CBD and THC. Both phytocannabinoids come from the same genus of plant but have vastly different effects when consumed.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. Both compounds are two of many cannabinoids that interact with the human brain and body in vastly different ways. So vast, in fact, the universe of CBD applications for recreational and medical purposes have not been fully explored.
The most immediate and discourse difference between CBD and THC is that CBD does not generate the “high” feeling that you get when consuming THC. Conversely, working together they balance each other and produce profound entourage effects, even with trace amounts of THC. Put simply, CBD is more effective with THC, even when the dose of THC is less than the minimum effective dosage to feel “stoned.”
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol – one of the 113+ active cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD was first isolated in the 1940s by Roger Adams and while the chemical compound has been well known since the early 1960s, the effects and benefits are still largely being discovered. CBD is considered a major cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that also produces minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC. These are still relatively new to the scientific conversation and largely unknown compounds in terms of proven effects, but likely means more good news is on the way.
CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and stomach, respectively, regulate anxiety and inflammation in the body. CBD acts as an antagonist to these receptors which may explain the numerous claims from CBD consumers about the positive benefits related to symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, inflammation and neuropathic pain. Interestingly, in combination with THC, CBD’s antipsychotic compounds counteract psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment. That is, while the positive benefits are enhanced, the negative side effects are decreased to create an optimal entourage effect – even when trace amounts of THC exist.
What is THC?
THC is the primary cannabinoid in marijuana responsible for the “high” feeling when consumed. Marijuana: the doormat of Nixon’s War on Drugs, turned newly minted revenue generator for Uncle Sam. Once the vice for recreational misuse now turned alternative medicine superstar to the growing opioid crisis in the United States. During the time when marijuana was made illegal for consumption and research the United States has seen an opioid crisis rise. Doctors who prescribe THC note the compound specializes in pain reduction and comes with less risk for addiction and other side effects than modern opiates. Particularly in combination with CBD, THC is a powerful medicine that must battle decades of stigma and misinformation before regaining social acceptance. It’s not a perfect drug, but it’s been proven to be better than the alternatives when efficacy and potential side effects are considered.
What is full spectrum CBD and the entourage effect?
Full-spectrum CBD means that instead of isolating CBD as a singular compound for consumption, the entire plant’s cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids remain intact to provide the environment for the entourage effect; the effect that “that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.” That means the extraction process of the hemp plant is critical to ensure the entire spectrum remains unbroken when bottled for consumption. THC increases the pain regulation and counteracts CBD’s influence on decreased appetite. The terpenes and flavonoids optimize the plant effects similar to the way tannins and acidity levels affect the flavors of wine.
Is hemp seed or CBD isolate the same as full-spectrum CBD Oil?
Relief Scout only offers Full-spectrum CBD containing legal amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC) shipped to all 50 states. Because the entourage of the plant profile remains, the plant is more effective than CBD oil isolate, hemp oil, or hemp seed oil you might find on Amazon.com or other retail sites. CBD isolate, as we know, lacks the power of full-spectrum CBD oil. Hemp oil and Hemp Seed typically contain less than trace amounts of CBD. Taking hemp seed oil to combat anxiety or inflammation is like taking a cough drop to manage the flu - you’re not going to feel much relief. These products are extracted from parts of the hemp plant that are either used for industrial purposes or thrown away.
Why use Relief Scout to identify your ideal CBD?
It seems like there is another CBD brand hitting the market on a daily basis claiming their CBD products are the best. The reality is - when taking into consideration details like terpene profiles, some CBD brands lend themselves better to managing insomnia symptoms, while other brands have a terpene profile that lends itself better to managing inflammation. Relief Scout is taking a data-backed, agnostic approach to connecting the dots for consumers interested in identifying the ideal CBD product for their condition. The customized profile you receive by way of the 60 second questionnaire will guide you on how much to take, how to take it most effectively, while also giving you insight into the bang for your buck you are getting with the brands that fit you best. Rest easy and get your personalized profile today!