The THC and CBD Difference

Cannabis is a complex plant. But your journey to relief doesn’t have to be. We’ll get you well-versed and prepared to understand how Greenlight Approved products can work for you.

Greenlight Approved: Guiding the CBD Curious.

Cannabis has been consumed by humans for more than 7,000 years, but until recently the science of how and why it works has been somewhat of a mystery.

In the 1960s, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, discovered the plant’s two key compounds, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Since then, researchers continue to zero in on how and why cannabis is so effective for so many conditions.

Nobody knows exactly how many cannabinoids and other chemical compounds are in a cannabis plant. Most scientists would agree that there are at least 100 or so different cannabinoids, each exhibiting varied effects. The two major cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

The Two Major Cannabinoids


THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, mainly because it is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. This is the compound that alters your consciousness and provides the euphoric feelings. But that’s not all it does.

Cannabis - THC

Other than the “high,” THC’s main effects are:

  • Analgesic: It relieves pain and inflammation.
  • Relaxation: It creates a state of relaxation and well-being.
  • Drowsiness: It induces sleep.
  • Appetite stimulant: It creates the urge to eat.
  • Muscle control: It suppresses spasms and seizures.
  • Nausea suppressant: It helps control stomach queasiness, especially for chemotherapy patients.

THC is helpful for those battling the effects of chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, AIDS, and severe spinal injuries.


Over the past decade or so, CBD has made a lot of headlines for its therapeutic benefits.  CBD is non-psychotropic. No matter how much you consume, CBD will not alter your perception or get you “high.”

Cannabis - CBD

More and more doctors and patients alike are discovering the myriad medicinal uses of this chemical compound. CBD has been found effective as an:

  • Anti-depressant: It combats anxiety and depression.
  • Anti-convulsant: It suppresses seizure activity.
  • Anti-oxidant: It fights neuro-degenerative disorders.
  • Anti-psychotic: It combats psychosis.
  • Neuro-protective: It protects the neurons in the brain.
  • Anti-emetic: It reduces nausea and vomiting.
  • Anti-inflammatory: It combats inflammation and the associated pain.
  • Anti-tumoral: It combats tumor and cancer cells.

The “Entourage Effect”

Dr. Mechoulam’s research demonstrates that THC, CBD and all the other compounds found in cannabis work together. He calls this the “entourage effect,” meaning the compounds act in concert to create a synergetic effect.

Because THC is responsible for getting people “high,” it somehow earned the label of the “bad” cannabinoid. And CBD has been called the “good” cannabinoid because it has shown to be more promising as a medicinal agent. But this is far from the truth. What Dr. Mechoulam’s study proves is that the whole plant provides benefits.

When purchasing cannabis, it is important to understand the key distinctions of the two main cannabinoids and how they interact with each other and your body. Ask your Greenlight Approved retailer to go over the testing of the cannabis and review the THC to CBD ratio. In Washington, cannabis products are required to provide this information on the label.

Pick Your Preference

Cannabis affects everybody differently, but here are a few guidelines:

If you are averse to a psychoactive “high” experience, select CBD-dominant cannabis products.

If you are new to cannabis, try CBD-dominant products and slowly work your way up to more THC.

Always start low (dose) and go slow. Cannabis is meant to be used mindfully.

Finally, let your Greenlight Approved retailer help you out. They are trained and knowledgeable about the products and can guide you through the process.

Greenlight Approved: Guiding the CBD Curious.

Cannabis Products Finder

The cannabis world can be a bit daunting. At Greenlight Approved, our primary goal is to guide the cannabis curious and simplify the buying process to help you find the right product designed just for you. There are a myriad of strains, devices, edibles and jargon out there. We are here to demystify the experience and make you an educated consumer. It’s that simple.

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Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.

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