There has been such an influx in new science and technology finds, specifically in the cannabis industry – edibles, vape pens, tinctures, salves, etc. – and so many new strains of THC and CBD dominant products. And as mixtures continue to be tested for accuracy, it can get a little confusing deciphering between THC and CBD at times. It's important to have a hold on foundational cannabis information and know the difference between THC and CBD as you start or continue to consume your favorite strains.
THC, also known as Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, is derived from the marijuana plant and one of the 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and the reason why you feel "high" when you consume it; It specifically binds to what scientists have found to be called CB1 receptors when it enters your body, giving you the psychoactive effects because those receptors affect the brain and spinal cord. So effects like euphoria and paranoia, or that melting into your couch feeling.
THC tends to find itself in vapes, oils, edibles or flower, and is legal in 33 states for medicinal marijuana and 11 states for recreational marijuana. It's used to help various ailments in the medical industry like insomnia, body aches, anxiety and stress depending on the strain and consumption volume – more THC = more/longer high.
CBD, derived from the hemp plant, provides the biggest difference from THC being that it is non psychoactive, so it's really ideal for those looking to use CBD for medical reasons who do not want those added, sometimes impairing effects of THC. It's normally found in tinctures, oils, edibles, patches or vapes.
CBD binds to what scientists call the CB2 receptors, reducing inflammation without giving you the "high" feeling that THC cannabis brings. If you're looking for that muscle pain relief in a cream form, CBD is the way to go. Of if you need to still function at 100% and need a decrease in anxiety, CBD is an ideal remedy! It won't show up on a drug test like THC will and is technically legal in all 50 states, as long as there's less than .3% THC included.
While CBD and THC have the same atoms, it's important to know and recognize that they are rearranged completely differently. This way, you can move forward in an informed manner and decide which is best for you.