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Top 5 Differences Between CBD and THC -How they can help you?

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CBD and THC are by far the most popular compounds found in the cannabis plant, especially now in 2021 with continued growth in the legalization of marijuana around the globe. 

But what exactly are these two compounds and how do they differentiate from each other? 

What are CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most common active ingredients in the cannabis plant. 

CBD and THC are naturally extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant, CBD is more specifically extracted from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana. Other times it is manufactured in a laboratory. 

You can find CBD products in the form of oils and edibles like CBD gummies or CBD infused coffee. It can also be found in the form of patches, creams, and more. 

What is THC? 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. It’s responsible for producing a high sensation. It is typically consumed by smoking cannabis. Like CBD, THC is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.

In sum, these are the most important pieces of information you should know about CBD VS THC: 

1. Effects of CBD and THC on the body

THC Is the psychoactive component of marijuana that produces the popular “high” when consumed at high levels. THC can have different effects depending on the person, so may feel relaxed, others paranoid with high levels of anxiety or euphoria. Being high can produce confusion, short term memory issues, raising heartbeat, panic and more. 

CBD products do not contain high levels of THC (if they do at all), meaning CBD won’t get you high. 

2. Health Benefits 

Reports and evidence support the use of CBD for therapeutic purposes. Many studies have shown the potential of CBD in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, among others. 

There has been no scientific evidence proving that CBD could cause any sort of dependence or health-related problems in humans. 

THC is also similarly used for medical purposes. Even though they both interact with the Endocannabinoid system in the body, they have separate properties with different medicinal benefits that are still being researched. 

3. Legality of CBD and THC

CBD is legal in the UK. There is really no limit in purchase, possession and use of CBD in the UK, as long as it contains either no THC or a low THC percentage of under 0.2%. It also needs to be made using the EU-approved industrial in full compliance with existing regulations.

THC is illegal in the UK for non-medical use. 

4. Side effects

Among the most serious long-term, possible side effects of the use of THC include:

  • Learning problems (if heavy use begins during youth)
  • Memory problems (if heavy use begins during youth)
  • Chronic cough, bronchitis
  • Schizophrenia in some people with genetic risk
  • Recurrent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting

Regarding CBD, the WHO indicates that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.” 

There’s little to no evidence that CBD can cause negative long-term side effects in humans.

5. Drug testing 

THC can show up in a drug test even after several weeks if the person is a frequent user. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) can’t show up in drug tests if you’re getting legitimate CBD products. If your product contains traces of THC and if there happens to be enough THC in them, you’ll fail a drug test. 

Final word

These are just some key differences between CBD and THC. They are both derived from the cannabis plant but CBD is normally extracted from hemp because of its high CBD content whereas THC is extracted from marijuana because of its high content of THC. 

CBD and THC can help in the medical field but if you’re not looking to get high, CBD is the best choice. 

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