Being a CBD user demands that you have sufficient information about CBD and other things that are commonly associated with it. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is one word that users usually come across on CBD labels and articles. You already know by now that CBD and THC are not the same. They are the most common cannabinoids in cannabis products. While both compounds are found in hemp and marijuana, the former contains more of CBD and the latter contains more of THC. There are five major areas where CBD and THC differ.
Difference Between CBD and THC
1. Psychoactive Effect
The psychoactive components of THC is another thing that differentiates it from CBD. In fact, CBD has no non-psychoactive effect as it binds weakly with the cannabinoid 1 receptors in the brain. CBD can therefore not make the user high. THC, on the other hand, creates a high as it is known to bind strongly with the cannabinoid 1 receptors in the brain. But CBD can be used to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC when it is added to a product in large quantities.
2. Chemical Structure
Interestingly, CBD and THC have the same chemical formula but the atoms are arranged differently. Both compounds contain 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The atom arrangement in CBD and THC gives each of them their unique chemical properties and this, in turn, makes the effect that each of them has on a user different. When CBD products such as CBD oil contain both compounds, they are called full-spectrum products.
3. Health Benefits
While both cannabinoids can help with conditions such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea, and many others, the aftereffect of THC makes it less of a popular option when it comes to treating these conditions. CBD however, has been found to be effective in the treatment of two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug for the treatment of epilepsy. There’s no proof yet that THC can provide relief for seizures and convulsions.
4. Side Effects
With CBD, the user does not really have to worry about side effects and overdosing. Most of the side effects that occur after using CBD is usually as a result of interactions between CBD and other medications that the user may be taking at that time. Some of the most common side effects associated with CBD oil and other CBD products include drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, low blood pressure and stomach upset. It can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications. The psychoactive components of THC can cause temporary side effects like increased heart rate, dry mouth, slower reaction time, red eyes, memory loss, and coordination problems. A THC overdose or long-term use can increase the risk for some psychiatric disorders especially in adolescents.
5. Legality Under U.S. Federal Law
The use of medical marijuana that contains THC is illegal. However, some states allow medical and recreational marijuana containing THC for personal use. The Farm Bill of December 2018 legalized hemp in the U.S. This means that products that contain hemp-derived CBD can be sold in the U.S. but these products must not claim t
Different studies have been conducted on these cannabinoids and they have been found to improve health and lifestyle. If you want to take THC based products, however, make sure that you do not overdose on it.