CBD vs. THC: What’s the deal?

Those unfamiliar with cannabis are often confused about the various nomenclature used to describe its many components. Today we’re going to help you gain a better understanding of the differences between two of the most commonly discussed and praised compounds in the cannabis sativa plant: CBD and THC.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

What Does CBD Stand for?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, represents one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in both marijuana and hemp plants.

Will it Get you High?

No, it won’t. Not everything that comes from the cannabis plant will get you high.

Science has confirmed that CBD is entirely non-psychoactive. No matter how much you consume, it won’t get you “high” or give the type of euphoric feeling commonly associated with THC.

There are, however, some varieties of “full spectrum CBD” that do contain a marginal amount of THC. This variety is normally only sold in those states and jurisdictions where cannabis is legal to buy, sell and use.

CBD derived from hemp, on the other hand, is devoid of THC and will neither get you high nor make you fail a drug test. This type of CBD is also legal in all 50 states under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Is it Legal?

Due to the fact that CBD is not psychoactive and won’t get you high, it’s completely legal to own and use this substance. In fact, you’re even allowed to drive with CBD in your system, and CBD itself won’t show up on any type of drug test.

That said, always make sure you buy your CBD from a trusted manufacturer that guarantees and tests for under 0.03% levels of THC.

How do I Take it

CBD is normally taken in oil form from a tincture. Some people choose to add this oil into beverages like coffee or tea so that they don’t have to deal with the smell and taste of the raw CBD (which some individuals find unappealing).

Others prefer to eat it by adding the CBD oil to baked products, or even by marinating meat with them. In fact, there is even a whole market catered to CBD edibles that include gummies, chocolates, lollipops, and a myriad of other morsels.

Will it help with pain?

Pain relief is one of the main benefits of CBD and is by far what has made it so popular as a therapeutic aid. It has proven effective in treating conditions like arthritis — due to its anti-inflammatory properties — along with reducing the pain felt due to neuropathy in diabetics.

Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve damage — something that CBD has proven effective at halting altogether.

Will it help with metabolic issues

It’s hard to answer such a broad question like will CBD help with metabolic issues. Every metabolic issue is different and thus calls for its own type of treatment. That being said, many studies have shown that CBD may be effective at both preventing and improving symptoms associated with diabetes, especially those stemming from inflammation.

A potent anti-inflammatory agent

CBD has shown great promise in reducing inflammation, which is an underlying cause for a great many health conditions ranging from arthritis to digestive issues. This is thought to be one of the major mechanisms through which CBD is able to help so many individuals.

THC

What does it mean?

The term THC is the shortened version of the full name tetrahydrocannabinol — try saying that ten times fast.

Will it get you high

Absolutely. In fact, THC is the only reason that marijuana gets you high. Without THC, no one would ever be able to get stoned — save for those who are lapidated. THC is the psychoactive compound that makes marijuana a drug in the first place.

Is it legal

The legality of THC varies quite wildly from state to state in the USA, but is still illegal at the federal level. One thing can be said for certain, it is far less legal than CBD due to the fact that it has psychoactive properties and could sway judgment one way or another.

How to take it

When it comes to THC, most people just administer it the old fashioned way: by rolling up a joint and lighting up. Others also prefer the use of bongs. That being said, more modern methods such as edibles and tinctures are also available for THC.

It’s worth noting that brownies are a good choice as it will give you the THC dosage while also taking care of the munchies that come with it. Vaping puts a new spin on smoking marijuana making it a popular method for using THC oil. Another benefit of the vape method is the fact that it’s rather discreet meaning you won’t be judged by your peers for smoking THC.

Will it help with nausea

Marinol, an FDA-approved drug for treating nausea is actually made out of THC. It’s most frequently used to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. THC is often a good alternative to more conventional pharmaceuticals seeing as traditional nausea pills can cause diarrhea, fevers, rashes, constipation, and spasms.

Will it kill brain cells

While this is definitely the stereotype associated with it, the converse is actually true. THC may strengthen brain cells and protects them from damage — unlike most other drugs. Studies have even shown that you’re almost half as likely to die from head injuries if you regularly use THC or have it in your system at the time of the incident.

The bottom line

Both THC and CBD have their own benefits that they can boast, but at least now you know the difference between the two compounds derived from our good friend the cannabis plant.