I get this question a lot: What’s the difference between CBD vs THC? Whether it’s a drug test, legal questions, or simply curiosity, this should help clear the water.
Many see the two as completely different substances, while the truth lies somewhere in the middle. They are each unique.
Here’s how they’re different:
First of all, CBD comes from hemp. Hemp is defined as less than .3% THC. Marijuana can have over 20% THC. CBD is the non-psychotoxic part of the plant. This will not give the user the kind of high that THC would.
CBD works on the immune system to lower Cytokines, which lowers inflammation and will help decrease pain. CBD also works on lowering cortisol levels, which lowers stress and anxiety. THC can help with pain, but does not lower inflammation as well as CBD. Low doses of THC can help with anxiety, but if the dose is too high, it could even make anxiety worse.
This is why we often recommend full spectrum hemp, because CBD can help with pain and inflammation with a low level of THC which can also relieve pain and anxiety without the psycho-toxic effect of marijuana.
Here’s one way to break down the difference between CBD vs THC:
CBD from hemp:
- Less than 0.3% THC by law
- Doesn’t give you a high.
- Can be isolated to contain no THC
- Federally legal
THC from Marijuana:
- Is psycho-toxic
- Can possibly get you high with enough use
- THC from Marijuana is generally over 20%
- Only legal in some states.
Some helpful terms to know when it comes to THC content are “broad spectrum CBD” and “full spectrum CBD.”
If you’re trying to pass a drug test, broad spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate might be a great option for you. You can see an example of broad spectrum CBD here. In all other cases, we typically do not recommend broad spectrum, but instead look to full spectrum CBD.
Unless a drug test is in question, we typically only recommend full spectrum CBD because it uniquely activates the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. This helps lower stress, anxiety, and relieve pain and inflammation all at once. You can read more about the full benefits CBD can give the human body by reading our other blogs.
I hope this helped! If you’re looking for more answers to questions about CBD, make sure to check out our other blog articles, or click over to the shop to order broad spectrum or full spectrum THC.