The Top Ten Differences Between CBD and THC

Learn about the top ten differences between CBD and THC. Why you should give CBD a try.

1. CBD Does Not Get You “High”


Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the main compound in Cannabis responsible for getting you high. Your body is filled with Cannabinoid receptors including areas of your brain responsible for things like memory, pleasure, and sensory perception. Once the THC reaches your brain, it stimulates the cells to release dopamine, creating that euphoric high feeling.

Unlike marijuana, Cannabidiol or CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. There is even evidence that shows that CBD helps to counteract the paranoia commonly felt when over-consuming THC. So if you’re too high, spark up a CBD Joint.

2. So What’s Better, THC or CBD?


The answer is, it depends. If you’re just looking to kick back, relax, and have a good time, then THC is your friend.

If you are looking for relief from stress, anxiety, or depression, then CBD might be just what the doctor ordered. Well, maybe not exactly. Due to years of prohibition, little research has been done in the field of Cannabinoids. However, anecdotal evidence shows significant improvements in people suffering from anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, and cancer among many other ailments.

3. Marijuana vs. CBD Hemp Flower


So far, 33 states have legalized medical marijuana, and of those 33 states, just 11 of those states have passed legislation for the legal sale and consumption of Recreational Marijuana. This means safe access to medical marijuana is not yet available to everyone who needs it.

Hemp-derived CBD Flower on the other hand, is now federally legal due to the passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, so long as it meets the maximum THC threshold content of 0.3% on a dry weight basis. This means you can now order CBD Flower right to your door!

4. So High


Recreational marijuana is bred for one thing and one thing only, getting you as high as humanly possible. THC is found in high concentrations in the Marijuana plant. The most potent of all testing out at a staggering 37.28 percent.

CBD is also produced in the Marijuana plant in smaller quantities, but it is found in much higher quantities in today’s Hemp Plants. Due to federal restrictions on the amount of THC allowed in the hemp plant, breeders and farmers are focusing their efforts on high CBD yielding plants.

5. Munchies


We’ve all been there. You finish smoking a joint and before you know it you are pouring yourself a bowl of Captain Crunch Cereal. Well, you can thank THC for that. THC stimulates the area of your brain that influences appetite, sense of smell, and taste. This is excellent for those who are looking to stimulate their appetite and gain weight.

For the rest of us, we would prefer to keep those late night cravings at bay. This makes CBD Flower a great alternative to marijuana if you’re just simply looking for the benefits of this plant without the added weight gain.

6. Potential Side Effects


Blood shot eyes, cotton mouth, memory problems, and slow reaction times are all effects that you feel immediately after smoking a bowl. These side effects are all due to THC’s psychoactive properties.

While neither THC or CBD is fatal to humans, CBD alone has shown to little to no physiological side effects. Large doses of CBD can be tolerated in your body. The interactions with CBD and other medication is not yet well known so it is best to tread with caution when mixing the two.

7. Drug Tests: Pass or Fail


Despite the overwhelming majority of Americans believing that Marijuana should be legalized, it is still considered a Schedule 1 substance, which the federal government classifies as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” So if you work for our federal government or a company that regularly tests for drugs, keep THC out of your diet!

CBD on the other hand, is not known to be tested in any standard drug tests due to its non-psychoactive properties. a word of caution for those of you who are interested in CBD but are regularly test: make sure you review the Certificate of Analysis for any CBD product that you are going to consume to make sure that the product contains NO THC.

8. Impairment


THC causes delays to your reaction time, coordination problems, and paranoia. This is a recipe for disaster when getting behind the wheel or operating machinery. While it may not not impair you in the same way that alcohol does, putting your life on the line by getting behind the wheel while high is never, ever, advised.

Because CBD is not known to have any psychoactive properties or side effects, CBD is generally accepted as safe for use during any time of the day.

9. Do I Have To Be Over 21?

In states where recreational marijuana is legal, you will have to be 21 and older in order to purchase and consume marijuana due to its intoxicating effects.

CBD on the other hand does not have the same intoxicating effects and there are no specific age restrictions for consuming CBD. Do check your own state laws before giving any CBD to your children.

The regulations behind Smokable CBD is not yet well defined so refer to your own state’s legal smoking age before purchasing and consuming any CBD Hemp Flower.

10. Can You Spot The Difference?

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If a marijuana bud and a CBD hemp bud was placed in front of you, grown in the same settings, do you think you would be able to spot the difference? OK, I know, this isn’t a “differences” comparison. But this is to illustrate the fact that, no, you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference. The two have similar looks, smells, and tastes. It is for this reason that law enforcement officers have been seizing large shipments of hemp, its because they can’t tell the difference either!

To Roll It All Up

CBD is a great way to relax and unwind after a long and stressful day. It won’t get you intoxicated so you can still go on about your day without being high. Or if you’re looking for some relief away from pharmaceuticals, CBD flower may be the perfect alternative for you. With the legalization of Industrialized Hemp, you’re just one click away from getting some CBD products delivered right to your door.


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