Everything about the Psychoactive Element of CBD: The THC
When it comes to hemp products, CBD is the big player everyone likes to talk about. And rightfully so - CBD is the highest-concentrated cannabinoid molecule in hemp plants. However, the other cannabinoids in full-spectrum hemp oil also play a role. For example, THC is extremely important as well. Knowing more about the psychoactive element of CBD will help you understand how full-spectrum hemp oil works. Whether using an oil or CBD roll-on, knowing more about THC will help you get the most out of them!
What are cannabinoids?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids. There are over 100 different cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp! Cannabinoids are a specific type of oily molecule. These molecules only bind with one type of receptor in our bodies, called endocannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoid receptors are part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a series of glands located throughout the entire body that regulate hormones. Receptors in the endocrine system produce, regulate, send, and block hormonal signals in the entire body.
Researchers are still working to determine the exact link between CBD oil and these hormonal signals. What scientists do know for sure is that these hormonal signals are responsible for many biological processes. These hormonal signals control things such as, but not limited to:
- Gut health
- Neurological function
CBD and THC mimic the endocannabinoids our bodies naturally produce. They fit perfectly into our bodies’ endocannabinoid receptors. Researchers are still working to determine exactly how well they mimic and interact with natural hormonal signals.
Full-spectrum hemp oil
If a product label says “full-spectrum” then the product should contain minute amounts of THC. The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized all CBD products with less than 0.3% total THC content. While THC is a psychoactive compound, this minute amount will not cause psychoactive effects. It is not possible to overdose on full-spectrum CBD oil or to use it as an intoxicant. As a reference, modern strains of marijuana contain as much as 30% THC content. Using THC in combination with CBD boosts the potential wellness benefits and helps to reduce or eliminate mere intoxication.
The entourage effect
Many studies and scientists agree that the more cannabinoids present in a product, the better. CBD possesses many potential beneficial qualities, especially when combined with THC. This is called the entourage effect. Both THC and CBD stand alone as potentially beneficial cannabinoids. However, when combined they appear to bind better to our bodies’ endocannabinoid receptors. Therefore, we recommend a full-spectrum CBD product containing terpenes and a minute amount of THC.
We still do not know everything about THC and what it does for the body. Preliminary research and testimonials show promise in the way of potential wellness benefits, but we don’t know for sure yet. Many more years of studies and clinical research is needed to determine the full psychoactive and health benefits of THC. Although legal in some states, full-spectrum or higher doses of THC is not legal everywhere in the US.