The Difference it Makes – The Great Divide of THC and CBD

The Difference it Makes – The Great Divide of THC and CBD

The great divide of THC & CBD is one of the most important comparisons that you can make because there are so many aspects of your life that it affects. Marijuana has some medical credits to his name but there is one problem – it also gives you a psychoactive “high” because it has a high content of THC. Hemp has a plethora, also, of health benefits and it has no psychoactive “high” because the 2018 Farm Bill limits THC content to 0.3% or less.

The Great Divide of THC and CBD – Going Different

THC and CBD are both cannabinoid compounds. And both are derived from the cannabis plant. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants. Some explain the difference in another way — “you can feel” the THC but “you cannot feel” CBD. Some would disagree with that because of the mega benefits of relief from insomnia, anxiety and depression. The pain relief that so many are experiencing from neuropathy, arthritis and muscle spasms is reason enough to contest the statement above.

Some strains of hemp contain a high CBD content of 20% or higher. In this case, you may feel a profound sense of relaxation but with total mental clarity.  CBD can be extracted from hemp or from marijuana. Hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC, while marijuana plants are cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC.

The Great Divide of THC & CBD – Going Chemical

Did you fail high school chemistry class? No worries, this is simple but still chemical. CBD and THC both have the identical same molecular structure:

  • 21 carbon atoms,
  • 30 hydrogen atoms,
  • 2 oxygen atoms.

Different, right? Well the chemical answer is no because these atoms are “arranged” differently in CBD than in THC.  This difference in arrangement can make the difference of how these two compounds effect your body and mind.

The Great Divide of THC & CBD – Going Psycho

To repeat, CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound; THC is a psychoactive compound. When a cannabis strain has high presence, it can also bind to the CB1 receptors even though weakly, to quell the THC psychoactive effects. Those who live in a state when high THC is legal, at least medicinally, can use it for many conditions which are stated below. But you will have to reckon also with the “psycho” part of the dosage. CBD also gives relief for many of the same conditions without the psychoactive part. 

The Great Divide of THC and CBD – Going Legal

Some states and Washington, D.C. finally passed cannabis-related laws for medical marijuana to be legal when prescribed by a licensed physician.  The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the growing and consumption of hemp and hemp products as legal on a federal basis if there is a 0.3% or less of THC.

The Great Divide of THC and CBD – Going Medical

In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex which is the first prescription medication to contain CBD. Its use is for rare types of epilepsy which are difficult to control. CBD also makes a difference in the following conditions:

  • Inflammation and pain,
  • psychosis, mental disorders, seizures,
  • inflammatory bowel disease,
  • depression and anxiety.

THC is used with conditions such as:

  • low appetite, nausea and anxiety,
  • pain and muscle spasticity,
  • glaucoma.

The 411 on THC and CBD

  • Hemp is cannabis;
  • Marijuana is cannabis.
  • Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC.
  • Marijuana contains up to 30% THC.
  • CBD Hemp Flower is legal on a federal level since the 2018 Farm Bill;
  • Marijuana is illegal on a federal level and state laws vary.
  • Hemp – you can smoke it, but you do not get a “high”;
  • Marijuana – you can smoke it and you will get a “high”;

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Peter