" THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound in weed that creates the psychoactive effects that are most popularly seen on movies and TV shows. (Pineapple Express, anyone? "
The most notable difference between THC and CBD is that THC is psychoactive – it’s responsible for that distinct cannabis "high." CBD doesn’t give you a high, but it has enjoyed the public spotlight for its impressive medicinal properties.
THC and CBD are two main components of the cannabis herb. They have different effect on a human body. Both components can potentiate each other; and CBD added to THC can decrease THC psycoactive effect. Few facts about THC and CBD:
- THC is the principle psychoactive component of cannabis and was first identified and synthesized in 1964.
- The amount of THC in cannabis varies based on the strain produced by the manufacturer
- The average amount of THC is approximately 10% but can range from as low as 1% to as high as 30%.
- The main non-psychoactive plant-derived cannabinoid in fibre (hemp) plants.
- Structurally similar to THC, has very different pharmacological properties.
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