Consumers are becoming more curious about their options as the hemp and cannabis industry grows. This industry includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These are the most popular compounds found in the hemp and cannabis plants. Let’s discuss CBD vs. THC.
Chemical Makeup of CBD vs. THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) can be extracted from either the hemp plant or the cannabis plant. However legal hemp products must contain less than .3%THC. The same goes for all CBD products, gummies, oils, pills, and topicals. They must contain less than .3% THC.
THC is the main psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It produces a “high” sensation. There are many products on the market that contain THC. These products are only legal in certain states.
CBD and THC have the same molecular structures, but their difference is how their atoms are arranged, thus causing a different effect on your body. Although they are similar compounds CBD does not have the same psychoactive effect as THC, Therefore it does not produce a high effect.
Hemp was removed from the controlled substances act due to the 2018 Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm bill legalized the regulated production of industrial hemp. This means CBD products with less than .3% THC are legal across the United States.
Many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana and several states have also made the use of recreational marijuana legal as well. Before you try to buy products with CBD or THC it is important that you check your state’s laws.
CBD and THC have similar benefits. Many people chose CBD because they don’t want the high effect. CBD has shown to aid in the relief of inflammation, bone and joint discomforts, muscle aches, anxious thoughts, digestive issues, and neurological function. THC is also used for these same ailments, adding insomnia, low appetite, and nausea.
CBD is usually well-tolerated. Some temporary side effects of CBD include appetite changes, weight loss, diarrhea, and fatigue.
THC can cause temporary side effects such as coordination problems, slower reaction times, dry mouth, red eyes, increased heart rate, and memory loss. These side effects are all due to the compound’s psychoactive properties.
Most generally, CBD that contains less than .3% THC will not show up on a standard drug test. However, some tests can be CBD sensitive. THC and chemicals related to THC will show up on a drug test. You should not use CBD or THC if you are going to have a drug test.
CBD and THC both have benefits, but you will need to consider the possibility of side effects and interactions with your other prescribed medications. It is always recommended to consult your doctor before taking CBD or THC products.