Though all cannabinoids share chemical similarities, and in fact THC and CBD are both produced by cannabis plants, the specific chemical structure of each gives them unique profiles of pharmacological effects. One of the main differences between THC and CBD is that CBD is not psychoactive and is overwhelmingly used in oils or gummies as opposed to typical smoking products associated with THC products.
Although CBD is not psychoactive, there may be some uncommon side effects when taken in larger doses. On occasion, it could leave you feeling lightheaded and dizzy, while others have experienced headaches and nausea. Less common side effects also include fatigue, diarrhea, and decreased appetite, and in rarer cases some may experience “cotton mouth”. Therefore, we highly recommend taking smaller doses and limiting your weekly use to four or five days.
How does it work?
The endocannabinoid system has two primary receptor types, CB1 and CB2 receptors. For example, the CB1 receptor is in the central nervous system, and it clears the way for the psychoactive properties of. However, CBD does not interact strongly with either the CB1 or CB2 receptors. Instead, its presence in your system is felt indirectly. There is still ongoing research into the matter, but the leading theory suggests that enzymes responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids is inhibited by CBD, as well as binding to dopamine and serotonin receptors, which help in the body’s pain and inflammation management.