Plants in the cannabis genus are full of compounds called cannabinoids. Two of these compounds, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are commonly found in cannabis products.

While CBD and THC both interact with your body, they have very different effects. To learn about their key similarities and differences, continue reading below!

Chemical Structure

CBD and THC have the same molecular formula, C21H30O2, which has 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. Structurally, they are slightly different. So, despite their similar chemical structures, they don’t have the same psychoactive effects.

Psychoactive Compounds

Everyone has an endocannabinoid system that uses receptors to regulate signals to and from the brain. The two main receptors are CB1 and CB2.

THC has a particular affinity for binding with CB1 receptors, which is responsible for producing a high. CBD, meanwhile, has little binding affinity for either receptor. It binds to various neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and nervous system, like serotonin.

While CBD doesn’t produce a high, people can take CBD and reap the health benefits.

Medical Benefits

CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits.

Conditions CBD may treat include:

  • anxiety,
  • epilepsy,
  • insomnia,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • nausea,
  • neuropathic pain,
  • and schizophrenia.

Meanwhile, THC may treat:

  • anxiety,
  • glaucoma,
  • insomnia,
  • low appetite,
  • muscle spasticity,
  • nausea,
  • and pain.

Side Effects

  • The side effects of CBD may include:
  • appetite changes,
  • diarrhea,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • sleepiness,
  • and weight loss.

THC causes temporary side effects, such as:

  • anxiety,
  • impaired judgment,
  • increased heart rate,
  • low blood pressure,
  • memory loss,
  • red eyes,
  • and tiredness.

Luckily, CBD is well tolerated, even in large doses. Research suggests that the side effects of CBD may be the result of drug interactions.

It’s worth noting that the benefits of CBD don’t change depending on if it’s derived from a cannabis or hemp plant. Common side effects are the same because the chemical makeup of CBD is the same.

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Dr. Jeffrey Hendricks, MD

Jeffrey Hendricks, M.D., CEO Dr. Jeffrey Hendricks has an extensive research background in nutritional biochemistry and epigenetics and has developed over 1,000 nutritional products for companies in the U.S. and around the world. After spending four years at the University of Michigan’s Human Genetics Lab, he conducted research at the National Institutes of Health’s Laboratory for Gene Transfer. He’s served as a medical director in family medicine, integrative medicine, and occupational medicine, and is an advisory board member for many U.S. and international companies. The inspiration to start WellRabbit came about when helping his sister beat breast cancer, in which she took integrative medicine throughout her cancer treatment and never became ill. With WellRabbit, Dr. Hendricks has made it his mission to ensure those who are searching for quality nutritional supplements have a place they can trust. Dr. Hendricks’ clinical experience includes the treatment of over 50,000 patients, and his background, experience, and commitment to quality ideally suit his role as the Chief Executive Officer of WellRabbit.

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