THC vs CBD, How Are They Different?

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A common question in the community is how does THC differentiate from CBD? Marijuana contains two primary ingredients: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both of them fall under “cannabinoids,” which refer to a unique class of compounds. Below, we discuss how these two differ from one another.


Legality

In many countries, there are many stringent laws and regulations regarding cannabis and THC. On the other hand, the legality of CBD is rather hazy. In the US, CBD is categorized as a Schedule I drug based on federal regulations, which technically makes it illegal. Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical variety of CBD, was just lately allowed by the FDA to be used in trials for kids with extreme epilepsy.  Then again, hemp contains CBD, and hemp can be imported and distributed in the United States legally. Some manufacturers capitalize on this loophole by sourcing hemp extracts that are high in CBD content from other countries.

Sleeping Aid Function

Medical marijuana is commonly used by patients with insomnia or pain to help them sleep. For this purpose, marijuana strains containing high amounts of THC is preferable because it is believed that THC is the compound that causes the sleep-inducing qualities of marijuana. On the contrary, CBD has a stimulating effect which makes it not ideal as a sleeping aid because it has an energizing effect. This is why some marijuana strains make patients feel more awake, while some make the drowsy.

Anti-psychotic Quality

THC produces psychoactive effects, that is, causes the “high” feeling. On the other hand, CBD does not have any psychoactive effect, and may also have anti-psychotic qualities. Thus, experts believe that CBD prevents patients from getting too high by ingesting THC. In addition, CBD on its own is currently being experimented on as an anti-psychotic treatment for schizophrenia patients.


Paranoia Induction

Marijuana strains high in THC are known to cause paranoia or anxiety in patients. CBD, on the contrary, has been shown by academic research to
counteract the feelings of fear or nervousness resulting from the ingestion of THC. Furthermore, CBD can also lessen the feeling of anxiety when taken on its own.

The “High”

As mentioned earlier, THC is what causes the feeling of being high. In contrast, CBD will not make you high. Therefore, marijuana strains with high CBD content are not popular choices for recreational use but are ideal for medical use since medical professionals usually prefer treatment options that have little or no side effects. Also, CBD has been used for treating children with many different illnesses.


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