What is the Difference Between CBD and THC

CBD is all over the news, mainly for its benefits, such as helping relieve and stop seizures to pain relief and sleep aid. It seems like everywhere you turn, CBD is there. But what exactly is CBD and how is it connected to marijuana? And what is THC and why is that important?

All of these are important questions that Joint Jam, a maker of CBD products, will answer here for you today. We specialize in CBD topicals that will help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Our CBD products include Joint Jam, CBD Salve, Bubble Buzz, CBD Bubble Bath, and Salt Buzz, CBD Salt Soak. All of these wonderful products can help soothe, relax, and revitalize. Below, we’ll explain CBD and THC and the difference between them. Order our CBD products online today!

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, which is the plant family that includes both hemp and marijuana plants. There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified by scientists in the cannabis plant, but the two that are the most important (that we know of so far) are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it won’t get you high. It is derived from the hemp plant (which is different than the cannabis plant) and is legal in the United States.

CBD may help with:

  • Pain
  • Acne
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Heart disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Inflammation
  • Epilepsy

What is THC?

As mentioned above, THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It has psychoactive properties that will get you “high” and is the main reason why people smoke or ingest marijuana. Some states have legalized marijuana consumption.

All vertebrates, including humans, dogs, cats, and birds, produce endocannabinoids, which are naturally-occurring molecules that closely resemble cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plants. Humans have an endocannabinoid system that was only discovered in the 1990s, which scientists believe help your body stay balanced, or in homeostasis. Joint Jam notes that it is the presence of this system in the body that allows both CBD and THC to affect us as they do.

The endocannabinoid system works through neurotransmitters that help control many bodily functions, such as pain, mood, appetite, sleep, and many others. When you take CBD or THC, the cannabinoids in them interact with your natural cannabinoids to produce the feelings and/or the feeling that you get. Scientists have identified two receptors that are impacted in your body, known as CB1 and CB2.

THC could help:

  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Aggression
  • Relaxation
  • Senses

THC may help:

  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Digestion
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Multiple sclerosis

What’s The Difference Between CBD and THC? 

CBD and THC have the same atoms at a molecular level, but they are arranged differently, which accounts for their different effects on the body. CB1 receptors are most impacted by THC use and are located mainly in the central nervous system, which is your brain and spinal cord. Whatever impacts CB1 receptors will likely affect the rest of your body, since the brain and the spinal cord are responsible for relaying messages throughout your body. 

CB2 receptors are located mainly in the peripheral nervous system, which are most affected by CBD use. These receptors can still reduce inflammation without the high effect.

THC is different from other drugs, such as opium, because it does not affect the brain stem. Thus, Joint Jam notes that THC will not shut off your breathing or heart, making overdose highly unlikely.

Both the marijuana plant and the hemp plant contain CBD and THC in its seeds, stalks, and flowers. However, THC is more plentiful in the marijuana plant and CBD is found in higher quantities in the hemp plant.

Joint Jam wants to remind you that everyone is different and everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. This means that CBD will affect you differently than someone else. Some people report CBD is relaxing, while others say it is energizing. CBD has little side effects for the most part.

Why Choose Joint Jam For Your CBD Topicals?

There are many ways to take CBD, including tinctures, oils, edibles, vaping, patches, and topicals. Joint Jam only sells CBD topicals, which are products that you rub onto your skin, which then soaks down to your cells. They come in salves, lotions, and other products. They are particularly effective at relieving aches, pains, and muscle and joint soreness and inflammation. The effects can be immediate with topicals. Many CBD topicals are also infused with other natural pain relief ingredients that can help moisturize your skin. CBD topicals provide all-natural pain relief.

Joint Jam began with the idea to create an all natural pain relief cream that will nourish your skin and relieve inflammation. Our Bubble Buzz, CBD Bubble Bath will soothe you as you relax after a hard day at work. Our Joint Jam, CBD Salve will help relieve joint and muscle pains. Our Salt Buzz, CBD Salt Soak is an all natural salt soak that will help calm both your mind and your body.

Joint Jam believes in using the environment to heal. Our proprietary formulas will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the rest of your work week. From sore muscles to joint aches and pains, you can begin to feel better today. Order your CBD products today!