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CBD vs THC: Understanding the Differences and Myths

CBD, or cannabidiol, has become a popular natural remedy for a variety of ailments, but many people still wonder if it will get them high. To understand the answer, it's important to know the difference between CBD and THC, the two main compounds found in cannabis plants. In this guide, we'll explore the effects of both to clear up any confusion about whether or not CBD can get you high.

What is CBD and THC?

CBD and THC are both compounds found in cannabis plants, but they have different effects on the body. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound that produces the "high" associated with marijuana use. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and does not produce a high. CBD is often used for its potential therapeutic benefits, such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, while THC is primarily used for its psychoactive effects. The basis of this is how CBD acts on your bodies endo-cannabinoid system whereby the CBD interacts with the bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors found along the nervous system, brain and elsewhere. 

The differences between CBD and THC.

The effects of CBD and THC on the body.

CBD and THC have different effects on the body due to their interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). THC binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain, which produces the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana use. CBD, on the other hand, does not bind to these receptors and instead interacts with other receptors in the ECS, producing potential therapeutic effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation. The effects of both compounds can vary depending on the individual and the dosage used.

Myths and misconceptions about CBD and THC.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding CBD and THC, which can make it difficult for people to understand the differences between the two compounds. One common myth is that CBD will get you high, but this is not true. It does not produce the psychoactive effects that THC does. Another myth is that THC is always illegal, but this is not true either. THC is legal but only in drugs which are prescribed by a doctor for medical conditions such as epilepsy. The UK Parliament in 2018 legalized only certain cannabinoids like CBD, CBDa etc but any other cannabinoid, like THC, is considered a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is NOT legal for public consumption in the UK. 

Legal status and availability of CBD and THC products.

In the UK, CBD is completely legal but THC is not unless prescribed. It's important to check all regulations before purchasing or using any CBD or THC products. It's important to do your research and purchase from reputable sources to ensure you are getting a safe and effective product.

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