AUG 02, 2018 7:30 PM PDT

CBD and THC Effects on the Brain

WRITTEN BY: Amanda Kahl

What has similar chemical make-ups but different structures? CBD and THC. In the video below, learn more about how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) affect the body and what sets them apart. You can even learn why it's hard for scientists to conduct studies and research using CBD. 

While THC is known to help with conditions such as pain, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety. CBD has been found to treat similar conditions but has also been found to help with seizures, psychosis, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, and depression. In fact, scientists have discovered the potential in treating epilepsy in pediatric cases with CBD. 

A marijuana plant contains 60 different cannabinoid compounds that act on the body's endocannabinoid system. While THC acts on the CB1 receptor, CBD doesn't act on CB-receptors. It instead acts on other pain receptors, therefore not producing psychoactive properties. This discovery can lead to alternative cannabis options for medical patients who do not want to experience the side effects of THC. 

 

About the Author
  • Amanda has a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. She has a passion for animals, conservation, and environmental sciences. Through her career in science and research, she is able to develop her passion and hopes to pass on to others the joy of learning about science.
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