CBD vs THC: a Full Comparison
CBD vs THC. These are crucial two chemicals that are found in Cannabis and a different percentage of each will dictate the type of effect a strain will have on an individual. A high CBD percentage will lack the euphoric high that many people stereotype as the defining aspect of Cannabis, however, it will help people with things such as anxiety, and positively affect how an individual can function. A high THC percentage, on the other hand, will offer an intense euphoric high but may not help an individual relax or function, as well as a CBD based strain, would. Which one is for you? Read below to learn about both chemicals more in-depth.
History of CBD and THC
Marijuana, Weed, these are words that are often used when talking about Cannabis. Cannabis is a plant that naturally grows in many different areas and climates around the world. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years by countless civilizations. There are two different types of Cannabis found around the world, one is called Indica, and the other is called Sativa. Indica originates from the Middle East, whereas Sativa was originally found in warm climates that are close to the equator, Mexico being the prime example.
Sativa has high THC content while having close to no CBD in it, whereas Indica has a high CBD content and a little THC content. This has made is easier to distinguish what strain an individual is after, as they can ask for Sativa for a more intense high, or Indica if they are after a more therapeutic experience.
Naturally, as Cannabis has become more prominently used around the world, people have started to alter the percentages that are in Sativa and Indica strains and have even created hybrids which involves mixing Sativa and Indica strains together. As humans, we like to push the limits to see how far we can go, and that is no different when it comes to cannabis.
As Cannabis has become more and more popular, people have desired a higher THC potency which so that the strength of a strain is as high as it could possibly be. This creates an extremely intense high that has made a lot of people want higher CBD percentages in their Indica strains
Throughout history, CBD and THC have primarily been introduced into an individual’s system through smoking. However, as Cannabis has developed recently, there are many ways that people enjoy these chemicals. Examples being through extracting the chemicals from the plant and then using them in food and vaping them. It is interesting to note that the different methods of using these chemicals can affect people differently. For example, edibles can often make the high from Cannabis much more intense.
As it was covered earlier, THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that offers a more euphoric, out of this world experience. THC has many benefits. Many people tend to use Sativa (High THC) during the day as it offers a more active, energetic, creative high. It is important to be careful about the amount of intake that an individual has of THC, especially if they haven’t had many experiences with it before, as it can be extremely overwhelming and can make the overall experience bad.
There are various strains of Cannabis that offer whatever percentage of THC an individual is looking for. It is interesting to note that the names of Cannabis strains are quite smart, so one can assume that whoever thought of the names of each strain must have been using a Sativa so that they are more creative.
There are countless different strains that are mainly THC-based, however, some of the most popular THC-based strains are: Sour Diesel (19%-25% THC), Purple Haze (13%-20%), Lemon Haze (13%-20%), Jack Herer (18%-23%) and Strawberry Cough (13%-20%). This is the standard percentage of THC found in most strains, however, there are strains such as Godfather OG which has been said to at times have a THC percentage of around 34%! This is insane when thinking about how most strains don’t have a THC percentage higher than 20%-25% THC.
The price of these THC-based strains can vary heavily depending on where an individual is purchasing them from. If we look at Oregon as an example, some dispensaries will sell an ounce of Sour Diesel for $220 USD, whereas others will sell it for $50-$100 USD. Until Cannabis becomes more accepted around the world it is likely that the high variation in pricing for not only THC-based Cannabis, but all Cannabis will not change.
As you have likely noticed, the chemical CBD basically effects humans in the opposite way that THC does. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a calming chemical that doesn’t offer a euphoric high but offers a calm experience that tends to mellow an individual out and can often make people very sleepy.
BD has been considered as one of the most promising solutions to various mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It has many different healing properties and will likely be much easier for people to accept because it isn’t a psychoactive chemical. Depending on your perspective, the only downside to CBD is that it doesn’t get an individual high, however, this is more of a good thing than a bad thing because not only doesn’t it offer healing benefits, but it doesn’t alter your mind to the point where it is hard to be normal if you are under the influence of it.
CBD is a chemical that although it is found in Cannabis, it is not necessarily always entered into an individual’s system through smoking or vaping it. Many people use CBD oil that they rub on themselves, which in turn makes their body feel much more relaxed. This is crucial as it means that an individual doesn’t have to inhale smoke to reap the benefits of CBD.
Just like how there are various THC-based strains, there are also many CBD-based strains. It is important to note that generally the amount of CBD in a strain is normally quite small, an individual will normally finally a strain with a CBD content of around 0.1% CBD, which may not sound like much, but it is enough for someone to feel the effects of the chemical. I will name some strains that have an excessive amount of CBD content if anyone is curious about it. A few of the most popular strains are: ACDC (16%-24% CBD), Charlottes’ Web (15%-20% CBD), Northern Lights (0.1%-0.1% CBD), Bubba Kush (0.06%-0.1% CBD), Blue Cheese (2% CBD).
Just like with THC-based strains, strains that focus mainly on CBD have variously different prices in different places.
CBD vs THC. Which is Better?
Now that you know more about the two different chemicals that are found within Cannabis, you must be wondering, which one is better? The truth is that the two chemicals are hard to compare because they are complete opposites that help people in different ways. It is also important to note that everyone reacts to each chemical and strain differently, so the only reliable way to find out which chemical you prefer is to experiment and try both. After an energetic buzz and a euphoric high? Try something with more THC in it. Want to feel less stressed and not be as anxious? See how a CBD product feels for you. Either way both chemicals have benefited so at the end of the day there is no loser, only two winners.