What makes CBD and THC different in medical marijuana?

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are two naturally occurring cannabis compounds in the cannabis plant. Both of these compounds have many health implications and are becoming popular with every day passing. Difference between CBD and THC can be determined when we compare their molecular structure. But on the surface, both have the same implication on the human body.

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THC is the main component found in the cannabis plant. Its psychoactive agent is used to get high for recreational purpose. THC operates in the human body by mimicking the two neurotransmitters, 2-AG, and anandamide, which affect sleeping patterns and eating habits.

CBD is only found in the cannabis plant and has many medical benefits. This cannabinoid is criticized sometimes due to its nature. On the molecular level, it has a different arrangement of an atom when compared to THC, but both have the same formula.

What Are High-CBD Cannabis Strains?

THC vs. CBD later is more popular because of its unlimited advantages in medical today. High CBD strains stimulate our homeostasis (psychological system) which control our body and keeps it in a perfect balance.

Three different kinds of cannabinoids can stimulate the endocannabinoid system, and those are endocannabinoids, which are made solely in our body, phytocannabinoids which are found in cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids, which are lab-made.

Our homeostasis system, also known as endocannabinoid system, can only be stimulated by our body made endocannabinoids, lab-made synthetic cannabinoids, and phytocannabinoids which are in cannabis plant itself.

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What Are the Medical Benefits of CBD?

There are numerous medical benefits that can be gained from cannabis CBD. Neuropathic pain and inflammation are two benefits that are proven by research. Some other include Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, Acne, Dyskinesia, Depression, Bacterial Infections and many more.

What Are Some High-CBD Strains I Can Try?

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Some of the high CBD strains include Remedy, Charlotte’s Web, Ringo’s Gift, and Suzy Q. There are many more in the market available these days.

However, depending on your health condition you can try whatever suits you. But it will be inappropriate to decide yourself what CDB strain you should try. You can try a personalized approach to cannabis by leveraging a cannabis DNA test, like Strain Genie. This will show you which strains of high-CBD cannabis are most appropriate for your body. After consulting with a doctor or finding your strains from Strain Genie, you can already choose a store. The most convenient strategy, though, is mail order marijuana.

It has been observed and read sometimes that people end up with overdosage and face the severe health-related consequences. That is why it is not encouraged to try some CBD high strain when you are not sure what risks are associated with this.


The effects of both THC and CBD effects are countless. The two forms of cannabinoids have so many benefits in common. In the meantime, we cannot forget their differences. To clarify the misconception, none of the two compounds has an advantage over the other. They both can be used to separate and in combination to have the kind of benefit we are seeking.

Where THC weeds provide benefit to one person, they have side effects for the other, so it was hard to conclude which one is the best, as medical records do not support one case.

As always, CBD is most effective when in the presence of even small amounts of THC — a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.

About Nicco Reggente, PhD 167 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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