CBD VS THC
With the federal legalization of hemp, you might notice yourself seeing billboards for CBD everywhere or hear your colleagues and family talking about how they use CBD and find yourself wondering how its any different from marijuana (THC). What is the big difference between THC and CBD you might ask? Well, there are quite a few distinguishable differences. Here we’ll tell you the difference from CBD and THC exactly.
CBD stands for cannabinoid oil. CBD can be found as a compound in the marijauna plant in lower percentages or in the cousin of the marijuana, hemp, and that’s where CBD is derived from in higher percentages. When the cannabinoid is extracted from hemp there should be no more than 0.03% THC. Unlike the similar compound THC, CBD has no psychoactive affects. This means CBD will not give you any sort of “high.” CBD is typically used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, pain, nausea, migraines, IBS, inflammation, and depression.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the molecular name for THC found in the marijuana plant. THC interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system by binding with your bodies CB1 receptor in the brain creating the psychoactive effect or “high” feeling. The reason CBD does not get you high is because it does not bind with the CB1 receptors well enough. Besides the feeling of euphoria there are a lot of other reasons to use THC. It is typically used to treat pain, muscle spasms, sleep disorder, anxiety, low appetite, glaucoma, and muscle spasticity.
The takeaway is that while THC and CBD both have medical benefits it’s a matter of choosing which one is right for you. CBD is federally legal while THC is not currently. There are still a lot of rules that need to be made when it comes to CBD so it is best to do your own research and buy from companies that show their COA’s online so you can assure your getting the best products.