Why CBD is now more popular than THC

Published Jun 20, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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The media has done everything within its power to cover every aspect of legalization. Everything from the hurdles faced by the very first licensed dispensaries, to the illicit activity of some of the largest and most notorious players in the industry who were trying to stay afloat in times of unsatisfactory sales through legal means, has gotten total up to date coverage, but we don’t hear a whole lot about CBD, despite a recent rise in popularity.

So, what is it that makes CBD so great?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that can be found in relatively high quantities among certain species of cannabis and hemp. Thanks to several decades of consistent breeding with the goal to increase THC content, most recreational weed strains have little to none of the highly sought-after cannabinoid CBD, which is why most CBD products are made using specific strains of hemp.

Harvesting CBD from hemp plants is becoming a huge business all around the world, and that’s mainly because it’s being utilized as a holistic medicine that doesn’t come paired with the psychoactive effects that come with THC. CBD can also be used recreationally, but that’s not what’s making it so wildly popular. To completely understand why this shift is happening, it helps to compare all of the aspects of each cannabinoid against one another.

THC vs CBD

Both THC and CBD are often sold as holistic medicine, but that’s not the only fact that really matters about them.

THC effects

The intense effects of THC are a large part of why it is so often used recreationally, as it can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and take you to a relaxed mental state that is nearly impossible to achieve through other means, but this particular cannabinoid can induce a variety of sensations including euphoria, an improved mood, a bigger appetite and a unique ability to sleep for several hours uninterrupted. Unfortunately, the results of taking it can impair, which makes it less than ideal for those who work in high-risk positions.

THC uses

THC is typically taken recreationally, through a joint, vape, bong, oil, or edible, and it does a pretty good job of making the consumer feel stoned, but it’s also helpful as holistic medicine. Many use THC to ward off aches and pain, to ease feelings of paranoia or anxiety, and to treat eating disorders of all sorts. It’s also an excellent anti-nausea aid that can assist by quelling an upset stomach, leaving you feeling more comfortable, regardless of its cause.

THC adverse effects

Everybody loves the long list of benefits that THC has to offer, as pretty much everyone at some point or another will experience a symptom that ingesting THC is known to help with. Unfortunately, it’s not always sunshine and rainbow, as many consumers report experiencing the very same issues that this cannabinoid is known for treating. Bouts of paranoia, fainting, vomiting, headaches, and a level of impairment can all be uncomfortable side effects of consuming THC.

CBD effects

CBD’s impact is much less subtle than THC. So much that it often goes unnoticed, especially when it’s consumed in smaller amounts. Since CBD is not psychoactive, it isn’t going to make anyone feel stoned, or much of anything specific, but it can help to reduce certain uncomfortable symptoms over the course of a long term treatment, and it comes with far fewer adverse effects than it’s adversary THC. Taking CBD is more about the things that you don’t feel after using it.

CBD uses

CBD is most known as a holistic medicine that offers relief from medical symptoms, but it can be used in quite a few different ways. CBD can improve motivation and focus while stimulating the brain in a way that helps it to produce the ideal level of essential chemicals and hormones that control everything from how we feel to how hungry we are. It can also significantly reduce inflammation speeding up recovery time, and soothing pain, and it can be used as a crutch for THC recreationally.

CBD and THC both interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors at different rates and in entirely separate ways. The introduction of CBD to an endocannabinoid receptor before adding THC to the mix is believed to result in a more powerful, long-lasting high than THC alone can provide. Though there is to date very little for scientific evidence to back this up, consumers all over the world swear by this natural combination.

CBD adverse effects

One of the most incredible things about CBD is that it has so few adverse effects, and those that are possible are generally caused by taking way too much or ingesting it at an inappropriate time, which is an easily avoidable scenario. CBD can lead to a lower quality of sleep, and it could leave your stomach upset for a few hours, but other than that there is very little to fear when it comes to trying and experimenting with CBD. Especially when it’s compared to all of the possibilities that come with THC.

In conclusion

As you can see, both of these incredibly powerful, all-natural elements have a place in holistic medicine, but only one offers the ability to stay clear-headed and safe, which is an important factor to a fair number of consumers. However, since CBD is so safe and side effect free, it is quickly becoming the go-to solution for millions of people all over the world, and that is why it’s sales are exploding and expected to surpass those of THC infused goods at some point in the next year.

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