What is the difference in CBD and THC?

There is a lot of information out there about medicinal cannabis and you might even recognize the acronyms THC and CBD. Do you know the differences between THC & CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most studied natural occurring cannabinoid compounds out of 113 that have been identified in the Cannabis plants including Hemp. Cannabinoids work by attaching themselves to specialized receptors in nervous system cells. These receptors can be found in different parts of the body, including the brain, spinal column, lungs, kidneys and the gastrointestinal, immunologic and central nervous systems. Cannabinoids can influence areas related to pain, pleasure, memory, thought and others.


THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in medical cannabis. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and it is the most researched cannabinoid. Over the last 70 years it has been linked to recreational use and its is currently restricted as a drug in most countries. THC is responsible for the way your brain and body respond to cannabis, including a feeling of being high and intoxicated

Hemp contains very low amounts of THC in its flowers and leaves (less than 0.3%) and it is gaining wide acceptance as a source of wellness.


Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a high or intoxication. There is some evidence that CBD may block or lower some of the effects of THC on the mind. This may occur when the amount of CBD in the cannabis is the same or higher than the amount of THC. CBD is also being studied for its possible therapeutic uses.


Terpenes are chemicals made and stored in the trichomes of the cannabis plant, with the cannabinoids. Terpenes give cannabis its distinctive smell and have been known to influence the effects of Cannabinoids in our bodies. Terpenoids are a large class of organic molecules used extensively in traditional cuisine because of their aromaticqualities. They also play a prominent role in traditional herbal remedies.


How does CBD work?

The human nervous system contains a large number of receptors. Receptors are like mobile telephone masts transmitting signals. One of the receptor systems is the endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors located in the human brain and in the peripheral nervous system. In the brain, the receptors reside in areas responsible for perception, concentration, memory and movement.

In research, CBD has shown to have beneficial influence over human wellbeing. Therefore, using Leefylyfe™ organic whole plant CBD oil is a good way to improve your wellness and everyday life.