The difference between CBD and THC

As cannabis is (finally) becoming legal in more states, CBD and THC products are becoming more in-demand. The most inquiries we’ve gotten lately are about the difference between THC and CBD, so we’ll do our best to break it down for you as simply as possible here:

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are two primary compounds found in the cannabis plant. Even though they’re both cannabinoids, they have different effects on cognition and physiology.

THC causes the ‘high’ feeling associated with marijuana. That’s why it’s popular for recreational use, and also for its abilities to relieve stress and pain.

CBD doesn’t cause any mind-altering effects. It’s become one of the most popular supplements in the US for relief of symptoms from a wide assortment of ailments.

THC and CBD have some similar benefits, and some different ones. The distinction between CBD and THC has to do not only with who they might benefit, but also their legality and availability.

What Exactly are THC and CBD?

CBD and THC are two primary compounds in cannabis (cannabinoids) responsible for its therapeutic benefits. Cannabis plants can be broken into two categories: marijuana and hemp. Marijuana plants are those that have been bred to have high concentrations of THC, while hemp plants have more CBD and almost no THC.

As you may have noticed, CBD products are now available throughout the United States. Here are some of the more popular CBD products:

  • CBD hemp oil
  • CBD capsules
  • CBD gummies
  • CBD vape pens
  • Topical CBD (salves, lotions, creams, etc.)
  • CBD edibles

Similar THC products (along with the OG, smokable flower) are also being sold legally in the US, but only in states that have passed bills legalizing medical or recreational marijuana use.

Any health-related information provided is for general knowledge only. The content on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified medical professional regarding any medical condition and your use of cannabis. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Be. products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Not all methods of administration are legal in each state that has legalized medical or adult use cannabis.

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