Learn the differences between these two natural compounds found in cannabis
When it comes to THC and CBD, there is often a lot of confusion about their effects, legal restrictions, benefits, and more.
While THC and CBD are both derived from cannabis plants, there are some key differences between the two. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive element in cannabis that creates the feeling of being ‘high’. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive element commonly derived from hemp––a plant from the cannabis family that contains 0.3% or less of THC.
Continue reading as we discuss the differences between THC and CBD.
Difference #1: The chemical structure
THC and CBD have the same molecular structure: 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.
The difference? The arrangement of those atoms! This small difference completely changes their chemical makeup, therefore changing the effects they have on your body.
Difference #2: The psychoactive effects
Though both THC and CBD interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), they have very different effects. The ECS is a system in your body that helps regulate certain biological functions including sleep, mood, appetite, and more.
THC binds to the receptors in your ECS, which helps create the ‘high’ sensation. CBD, on the other hand, has no psychoactive effects and is thought to help increase the lifespan of endocannabinoids in your ECS, helping them have more of an impact. CBD is a completely natural remedy that works through this inherent system found within all animals and humans to foster homeostasis (balance and wellbeing) of the mind and body.
Difference #3: The benefits
THC has helped people in the past with:
- Nerve pain
- Low appetite
Research has shown that CBD may have the ability to help with issues including:
- Mental disorders
- Chronic disease
While THC and CBD may offer similar benefits, CBD is suggested for those who are looking for an alternative wellness solution that’s non-psychoactive and has no serious side effects.
Difference #4: The legality
CBD that’s extracted from hemp, a plant in the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% of THC, is legal under federal law in all 50 U.S. states.
Some states have legalized marijuana and THC for both recreational and medical use. However, they are still prohibited under federal law. While CBD is legal at the federal level, some states may have their own specific restrictions. Be sure to check your state’s laws to ensure that you are compliant with their THC and CBD restrictions.
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