The consumption of marijuana and other products that contain cannabis is prohibited at the legislative level. This is what pushes some consumers to look for alternatives. These include CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These are substances of natural origin.

CBD compounds can be derived from hemp or marijuana. You can find them on sale as:

  • Oils;
  • Extracts;
  • Gums;
  • Gels.

THC compounds are synthesized by marijuana. It goes on sale as:

  • Smoking;
  • Blends;
  • Oils;
  • Capsules.

These compounds are psychotropic, but their effect on the endocannabinoid system of the human body is different.

Chemical composition

These natural compounds have the same chemical structure. However, the difference between them is that the atoms of chemical elements are arranged differently. Their different effects on the body are associated with this.

The endocannabinoids of these substances are very similar to the endocannabinoids of the human body. Thus, they easily have an impact on it, which leads to the release of neurotransmitters in the human brain. They can suppress feelings of pain, fear, stress, affect the immune system and sleep.

Effects on the body

CBD and THC affect the human brain and body differently, although their chemical composition is similar:

  1. CBD has very weak binding to the CB1 receptor, which is a cannabinoid in the human body. Thus, it has almost no effect on the human body.
  2. THC has a strong bond with the human body cannabinoid and can exert a strong enough effect on it. As a result, human senses are either dulled or sharpened.

Lawfulness

Consumption of marijuana and THC is prohibited in the United States. The state pays great attention to this problem. That is why laws relating to the consumption of these substances are regularly drafted.

Despite this, some states have enacted laws on the medical use of cannabis. Thus, the course of the use of drugs contained in this composition can be prescribed there by a doctor quite legally.

You must get known with the laws governing the consumption of THC in your state or country before purchasing these substances. Otherwise, you risk getting serious problems in the form of administrative or criminal punishment.

Medical use

CBD and THC are used in medicine to relieve pain. However, CBD is preferred here, as it does not cause a state of drug intoxication. So, last year, in June, the drug-containing CBD was approved and released for sale. It is intended to treat severe forms of epilepsy. Also, this compound is used in the treatment or relief of symptoms of other diseases:

  • Mental disorders;
  • Pain;
  • Depression;
  • Migraine;
  • Inflammation;
  • Anxiety.

THC is also used for medical purposes despite its strong psychotropic effects. It helps in the following cases:

  • decreased appetite;
  • nausea;
  • insomnia;
  • anxiety.

Adverse reaction

Research suggests that consumption of pure CBD is tolerated by the human body without adverse reaction. But if you combine the use of this compound with other medicine, the adverse reactions are likely.

As for the consumption of THC, it is worth noting that it causes many side effects:

  • dry mouth;
  • heart palpitations;
  • memory loss;
  • impaired coordination.

All the above adverse reactions are only temporary effects, not fatal. But the consumption of these compounds in large quantities can have a lasting negative effect on the mental state of a person. This is especially true to teenagers. Consumption of high doses of CBD and THC by them can lead to the development of mental disorders.