CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are both natural compounds found in cannabis plants. They are both known for sharing similar therapeutic properties, however they have some significant distinctions between the two, mainly the legality of each and the side effects.
Benefits and side effects
Both are commonly used for medicinal purposes. The two compounds have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that may help users with a wide range of symptoms associated with conditions like chronic pain, anxiety disorders and insomnia. However, THC has potent psychoactive side effects even when taken in medical preparations. THC is the part of the cannabis plant that gives you the ‘high’ feeling. Meanwhile, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive effects like THC.
Due to THC having strong psychoactive effects, it is completely illegal in the UK, however CBD last year has become completely legal in England however different parts of the UK have different rules.
THC for Sleep
Due to its psychotropic effects, THC works as a strong sedative. Moderate doses of THC usually make users drowsy and relaxed. In many cases, THC can also slow down psychomotor functions, limiting movement and almost “forcing” the user to stay in place. However, first time users or too much THC in one dose can cause counterproductive effects when it comes to improving sleep as THC can cause paranoia, panic or anxiety which can cause people to be up later than normal.
CBD for sleep
Due to CBD’s less strenuous effects on the mind, CBD may not be as strong as THC when it comes to acting as a sedative. However, CBD can still react as an effective sleep aid, especially when used long term. CBD doesn’t necessarily help sleep; it helps things that such as pain or discomfort that cause sleeping problems. Thousands report using CBD to help relieve pain and discomfort which kept them up at night. CBD is widely used to reduce anxiety and stress, two common conditions that often have detrimental consequences on the quality and quantity of sleep.
So, which one is better?
Different things work for different people therefore there isn’t technically an answer, but legally speaking CBD is better as CBD is legal however if the right amount of THC is taken then sleep should improve, however it can be costly and whereas a bottle of 300mg CBD should last between 1 – 3 months. THC helps in the night of taking it whereas if you take CBD every day for months your sleep quality and quantity will improve massively without getting the psychoactive part of THC.
“Personally I struggled with sleep and started taking CBD from Yorkshire Health and Nutrition Limited, as before I was buying from other companies but it didn’t do anything but when I starting working at Yorkshire Health and Nutrition I did a lot of research to see why it didn’t work, and it turns out most companies use either hemp oil or grape seed oil as its cheaper and easier to make but at Yorkshire Health and Nutrition we use MCT oil which doesn’t block your receptors so it allows the CBD to work. So whether you buy from us or any other company check the ingredients before because you are looking for MCT oil or Palm oil.”