CBD vs THC: What’s The Difference & Why does it matter?

Acceptance of using cannabis products is increasing. But still people are not getting the right idea about it. All cannabis products will not make you high. Many scientific and medical researchers have done recently that will help you to clear the misconception about the relationship between CBD & THC and their differences. So, let me enlighten you with the facts regarding this.  

What is CBD & THC: 

CBD is one of the main cannabinoids which is produced by the cannabis or hemp plant. The most important thing about CBD is it has no psychoactive properties and also it does not usually have any negative effects. Though still there are some altercation on exactly how CBD works on our body but all arguments indicate
the positive effects.

The other main cannabinoid THC. It has psychoactive properties that will make us “high”. Unlike CBD, THC binds directly with our CB1 and CB2 receptors immediately when they are introduced to our body. This is why it sometimes has powerful effects, sometimes more desirable depending on the result we are looking for.


Differences: “High” vs “Not High” 

As I have mentioned earlier, THC will provide a much more powerful effect than CBD. You will be clear-headed and will have a functional effect from CBD.  On the other hand, the euphoric high feeling comes from THC. CBD based products are good options for those people who are highly sensitive to the higher mind-boggling effects of THC. Also, if you need to control chronic conditions throughout the day, then CBD is a very good option.

Difference in Legality 

The legality of CBD and THC vary differently in terms of states and federal laws of the US.

34 states in the US now approve the use of medicinal marijuana with THC. But for that you need a prescription or license. Also, there are 12 states that have made marijuana and THC legal recreationally.

CBD derived from hemp is now legal in all 50 states as it does not contain intoxicating THC. CBD that is made from cannabis is not legal unless your state has legalized marijuana. This is because CBD from cannabis has high levels of THC.  

But before purchasing CBD or THC products, I will suggest to know the state law about it properly. 

Difference in Medical Benefits: 

Though CBD and THC have some common medical benefits, but also they vary in many cases. Let’s see how CBD and THC vary in their medical benefits.

How CBD Helps:

  1. Mental disorders
  2. In Epilepsy and seizure 
  3. Helps in depression, and anxiety
  4. Migraine 
  5. Multiple sclerosis
  6. Opioid withdrawal
  7. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 
  8. Pain and inflammation
  9. Nausea

How THC Helps:

  1. Pain
  2. Anxiety
  3. Nausea
  4. Muscle spasticity
  5. Glaucoma
  6. Insomnia
  7. Low appetite

Difference In Side Effects: 

Both in CBD and THC there are a very few side effects. But after a lot of research, WHO declared CBD is completely safe as no major side effect found in CBD even in large quantities.

There are some temporary side effects of THC that are mentioned below.

  1. An overwhelming feeling of being “high”
  2. Red eyes
  3. Dizziness
  4. Dry Mouth
  5. Reduced response times
  6. Short term memory loss
  7. Reduced coordination
  8. Increased heart rate

Wrapping Up:

So basically, CBD and THC both are products of cannabis or hemp. But they have some differences which I have tried to make clear to you. I hope you understand and now you can decide if you need one, which one is preferable for you.