THC vs. CBD: Which One Should You Use?

THC is the common name for Tetrahydrocannabinol which is a psychoactive marijuana ingredient. It is the ingredient responsible for making users feel “high” and euphoric. This relaxing feeling is achieved by targeting cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This affects things like coordination, pleasure and cognitive abilities. It also increases the appetite by triggering the hypothalamus section in the brain which sends signals of hunger.

This property makes THC effective in mitigating a loss of appetite and nausea. This is the reason THC is useful in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Also, like CBD it has effects on our brains making it ideal for curing headaches or migraines, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. However, THC is illegal in most countries whereas hemp and CBD are legal in many places.

A larger dose of THC means you’ll get more “high”. You should be advised that overdosing is risky. A THC overdose causes the following:

CBD or cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in Cannabis Sativa. People who use CBD do not experience high sensational levels like THC users. CBD has little or no effect on your brain or mind while you are under its influence.

If you suffer from chronic body pain, a high CBD strain of cannabis is preferable because it won’t inhibit you from normal daily activities. For people who suffer from chronic pain due to an illness, CBD is recommended because it curbs the discomfort without tampering with their ability to function.

Difference between THC and CBD

Physical Interactions

CBD interacts with CB1 receptors indirectly in a process called modulation. The reason why CBD is popularly used is its ability to influence a number of receptors throughout our bodies.

Medical Use

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How does CBD work without THC?

THC and CBD have several benefits and it can be difficult to decide which one to use. It all boils down to personal preference and your reason for using either THC or CBD. Also, the legality of the two comes to mind when choosing which one to use.

In most countries, the use of marijuana and THC is restricted but the use of pure CBD is less so. In order to achieve the euphoric effect known as “high”, people usually look for cannabis products containing THC. On the other hand, people who want to use cannabis purely for its medicinal properties and avoid the “high” feeling, should look for products containing CBD only.

Is CBD Better Than THC?

However, research shows that THC is very potent compared to CBD. The catch is here though; research shows that the low potency of CBD could also mean that it has little clinical benefits.

No single component of the cannabis plant can conclusively be labeled as good or bad. So for us to say that CBD is better than THC; a lot of research is required. It is most important to note that CBD has very little side effects. Apart from some people complaining of a dry mouth, the side effects of CBD is very minimal compared to the clinical benefits of CBD.

On the other hand, THC has a higher number of side effects. The side effects include anxiety and paranoia. CBD can be used to cure psychotic disorders. THC cannot be substituted for CBD and be used to mitigate psychotic disorders.


Originally published at on July 18, 2018.

Cannabis connoisseur | Philly native | based in Berlin, Germany