The Differences Between CBD and THC in Marijuana

Half of the United States now has some form of legal cannabis, whether it is for recreational or “medicinal” purposes. Some places, like L.A. and Seattle, have as many, or more, marijuana dispensaries as Starbucks. One thing you will notice when you go into these dispensaries is a menu that tells you how much THC is in the product and how much CBD there is. So, what is the difference between CBD and THC?

The Difference Between CBD and THC

THC is the ingredient that makes you intoxicated and CBD is the ingredient that contains the analgesic, anti-seizure and purported anticancer effects. Most cannabis sold has a ration of 10 to 1 of THC vs. CBD. So, most of the marijuana has more of an intoxicating effect than healing effect. So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about an article that just showed up in the Wall Street Journal.

CBD and THCAccording to the journal:

“A new study by Dr. Winstanley’s group in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience examines how these two chemicals shape our willingness to face a challenge. Does marijuana make us lazy?

To answer this question, the Winstanley team first tested rats to determine which were hard workers and which were slackers. After being injected with THC, CBD or both, the rats had to choose between a simple task with a measly reward or a demanding one that reaped a bigger payoff.”

According to Dr. Winstanley, THC didn’t impair the rats’ ability to perform, only their willingness to try. That downshift in motivation didn’t happen in rats injected with CBD only.

So, we already knew that people that smoked marijuana were lazy and not motivated, but now you have the science behind it all. To see the whole article, you can go here.



Author: Keith Graves
Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California’s Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD’s California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases and rape prosecutions. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

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