CBD and the difference between psychotropic and psychoactive
For any newcomer looking to buy CBD, there’s a lot of confusing terminology that surrounds CBD—cannabinoid, full spectrum...even CBD is short for cannabidiol! At Vitality CBD we believe understanding is key, which is we love breaking out our trusty jargon buster. Today, we’re going to tackle just what psychotropic and psychoactive mean.
For those of you still uncertain, we want to first emphasise that CBD is safe and legal. In a comprehensive report, the World Health Organization stated that CBD was “generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.” In defining psychotropic and psychoactive, we’ll also explain how CBD fits into these categories, and why that designates it as safe.
What is CBD?
Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in most plants in the cannabis family. Classified as a ‘cannabinoid’, this category of compounds were first discovered in cannabis plants, hence the similarity in naming structure. The significance is that cannabinoids like CBD exist throughout nature, including our own body.
A lot of the negative conceptions that surround cannabis come from another cannabinoid, THC. All Vitality CBD products guarantee 0% THC. This is the compound that gets cannabis users high, and is responsible for inducing the negative side effects such as paranoia and other mental health issues. It’s also the compound we’ll use to discuss the difference between psychotropic and psychoactive.
When we discuss taking CBD, we often can’t discuss any of the direct effects it has on the body due to the regulations surrounding it in the UK. However, we can discuss the ways it works from a strictly scientific point of view, and comment on its safety. A large part of that comes down to the cannabinoids our body produces, known as endocannabinoids.
Cannabidiol and endocannabinoids
When we introduce CBD into our body, it integrates seamlessly with our biology because there’s already a chemical directly similar to it. Known as 2-AG, this endocannabinoid is part of the reasons taking CBD is demonstrably safe. Think of it as a natural supporter of the body’s existing make-up.
It’s important to remember this because CBD is technically psychoactive, even though it doesn’t get you high. However, just because a compound is psychoactive it doesn’t mean it’s intoxicating. In fact, it’s likely you’ve ingested something psychoactive today without even realising it.
Psychoactive CBD vs. psychotropic THC
If you do some rudimentary research, you’ll find that psychoactive and psychotropic are often used interchangeably, but there’s a subtle difference in definition:
- Psychoactive: A substance that cross the blood-brain barrier
- Psychotropic: A substance that affects the user’s mental state
These may seem identical, but they actually point at a subtle distinction. Psychoactive chemicals have an effect yes, but they don’t change your perception, or your cognitive abilities.
Want an example of an unexpected everyday psychoactive compound? Well, would you believe that chocolate is psychoactive? The core ingredient of quality chocolate, cacao contains chemicals that stimulate the release of serotonin in the brain. There’s a scientific reason eating a whole bar makes you feel so good after all!
That’s why CBD is psychoactive and safe, where THC is psychotropic and damaging. If CBD didn’t have any effect on the body, there wouldn’t be much point in taking it, hence its psychoactive properties. However, THC is the chemical in cannabis that alters your mind state, getting you high and leading to other issues.
Learn more about CBD
Now you understand what CBD is, and why it’s still safe as a psychoactive compound, what better time is there to explore our range of CBD options? You can check the category pages for our CBD oils, CBD e-liquids, CBD topicals, and our CBD edibles, so that when you decide to buy CBD, you’ve got the perfect option for you.
Got some more questions about CBD and the effect it has on your body? Well, our CBD experts are right on hand. Either reach out on our CBD contact page, or pop up on our live chat, anytime Monday-Friday, 9-5pm. We’re here to help you with any queries you might have.