THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both compounds in cannabis; they belong to the same special class of compounds, called cannabinoids. In spite of this similarity, the two compounds have many differences. Here is more about THC and CBD.
Differences in Effects on Anxiety
While THC is known to cause some users to become paranoid or anxious, CBD can have the opposite effect on people. CBD can even counteract the anxiety that consuming THC causes someone. Many studies show that CBD when administered on its own, can relieve anxiety.
About the High
Perhaps the most well-known characteristic of THC is its psychoactive properties, which it brings to cannabis. It is THC that is responsible for the “stoned” feeling a person has when taking it. Unlike THC, CBD cannot make you high as it is non-psychoactive. Thus, CBD is of interest to several researchers for its potential medicinal applications.
CBD even has been administered to young children in some cases. In the last few decades, researchers have begun to investigate the anti-seizure and anti-cancer properties of CBD. It is an appealing treatment option because it does not have dysphoria or lethargy issues associated with it.
Sleep & THC vs. CBD
Marijuana is sometimes used to invoke drowsiness, particularly if insomnia is an issue. THC is the compound in pot that is responsible for the sleep-inducing effect. As for CBD, it encourages wakefulness.
Thus, a strain with more THC than CBD will cause a person to feel sleepy; the mind feels dull, and the body is sluggish. Meanwhile, a cannabis strain that is higher in CBD than THC will be more likely to make someone feel alert.
While CBD and THC are both active ingredients of marijuana, they have many different effects on the person who ingests them. For a grower, knowing the differences can be helpful for creating strains that produce the desired qualities.