Misconceptions between Synthetic Cannabinoids and CBD

Misconceptions between Synthetic Cannabinoids and CBD

When many think of the word "synthetic", it conjures up images of a lab where experiments are conducted to further some chemical compound. Humans have extracted multiple compounds from the earth for years, and in some cases, we are better for it. In the advent of legalisation and medical cannabis becoming more popular, we are able to drastically shift our understanding of it and turn it from a recreational drug into a global health industry.

In this article, we look at the differences between the synthetic cannabinoids and natural cannabinoids that are extracted directly from cannabis [1].

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

Synthetic cannabinoids are just that, they are created artificially by scientists. The misconception with synthetic cannabinoids is that they are much riskier and are criminalised by the media and grossly misunderstood by governing bodies. You've probably heard of the compounds such as "K2" or "Spice" leading some people to cause harm to others, or to themselves.

Are they all dangerous?

Well, in short, YES! The danger with synthetic cannabinoids it is artificial and has the everyday risks of organic vs genetically engineered products. Take a tomato for example. If you know the farmer that is growing that tomato and has produced high-quality harvests free of pesticides. We can deduce that the farmer has correctly engineered a superior product that dominates its natural counterpart that might be filled with diseases. If we are to compare this to farmers that we don't know, we cannot trust what they are feeding the tomato is safe.

Synthetic cannabinoids work in much of the same fashion. Often created to become much more potent. But if you are sourcing it from a supplier that is unknown, then you are taking massive risks. Synthetic cannabinoids come in packaging, which may contain bacteria and mould, or manufactured with cheaper materials to line the pockets of the supplier.

It is essential to conduct your research and contact a supplier that you know and trust, one preferably that has an excellent reputation.

What are the side effects?

All synthetic cannabinoids are made to stimulate the brains CB1 receptors. This is comparable to the natural THC high that can be found in natural marijuana. If not manufactured correctly, other problems can arise; since they might stimulate other non-cannabinoid receptors, which may cause unwanted effects. This may mean that in addition to giving users a high, users may become more agitated, anxious, paranoid and aggressive.

Is natural CBD better?

Natural cannabinoids, (also named CBD) are much better and a safer option. CBD is found as a smaller part of the marijuana plant and often is used to temper the adverse effects of the THC. Recently, the cannabis industry has been using CBD to create many different gels, oils and jellies for enormous health benefits. Unlike synthetic CBD or THC [2], natural CBD does not get you high. Instead is used for the treatment of anxiety, nervousness, fatigue and other unwanted difficulties. They are being used to treat neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy and even something as familiar as Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

To conclude, always make sure you are safe. The purpose of consuming THC and other synthetic cannabinoids are usually to get an altered state of mind or a high. If this is the desire, please conduct your research before purchasing. CBD is used to treat many disorders and common afflictions, so if you would like to research the health benefits, there are many journals available. We hope we have made this topic much clearer today.


1. The flower-tops and leaves of some hemp may be a viable source of CBD (legal issues notwithstanding). But this is by no means an optimal source of cannabidiol. Industrial hemp typically contains far less cannabidiol than CBD-rich cannabis strains. Vast amounts are required to extract a small value of CBD, thereby raising the risk of toxic contaminants. This is because hemp is a "bio-accumulator" that draws heavy metals from the soil.

2. Single-molecule CBD synthesised in a lab or extracted and refined from industrial hemp lacks critical medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids found in cannabis strains. These compounds interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits.