- The real issue is, "THC vs CBD."
- They come from two different variations of the cannabis plant.
- They effect the body differently with a couple of similarities.
- Any CBD retailer should be able to prove the contents of their products to you!
Ever since CBD became a common term one of the first questions coming from curious consumers is, "Well...how is it different from marijuana?" This question is closely followed by the similar question, "Which one is better for you?" Let's explore these questions and try to gather the info necessary to understand both sides of the cannabis equation.
What's the difference
Some of you might already know this, but there really is a difference! Both compounds come from the same plant, but they provide vastly different effects.
Fist of all, the real question is not, "What's the difference between marijuana and CBD?" What we should be asking is, "What's the difference between THC and CBD?" Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound in marijuana that gives you a psychoactive experience. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that can have many positive effects on your body and mind, but does not include any psychoactive effects. Plain and simple: CBD doesn't get you high. These compounds are both known as Cannabinoids and they develop naturally in Cannabis.
Do they do the same thing?
1There are several similarities in the effects of CBD & THC, but there are also some key differences in how they interact with your body and what positive effects to expect.
THC has been found to help with:
- Muscle Spasticity
- Low Appetite
However, there are some drawbacks to THC in the form of:
- Increased Heart Rate
- Coordination Problems
- Dry Mouth
- Red Eyes
- Slower Reaction Times
- Memory Loss
No, that was not a typo. THC has been found to both decrease AND increase anxiety depending on the person! Now let's move on to CBD.
CBD has been found to help with:
- Psychosis or Mental Disorders
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The side effects found with CBD in recent research is:
- Appetite Changes
- Weight Loss
How do I know what I am getting?
The cannabis plant grows in two primary variations. Hemp is the variation that is low in THC and high in CBD. Marijuana is the variation that is high in THC and low in CBD. When walking into a shop that deals in CBD, all you should be getting is hemp based products. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp must contain below 0.3% of Delta 9 THC in order to be considered legal. Delta 9 THC is the specific kind of THC that causes psychoactive effects. There are other forms of THC (such as THCA) that do not trigger such effects.
Anytime you buy CBD from a retailer, they should be able to provide you with lab results for the individual products you are purchasing. This report should clearly display the amount of Delta 9 THC, CBD, and any other cannabinoids or compounds found in the product. At times a business may only have the report to display what is present in the hemp extract used to make the product and not for the finished product itself. This is not as comprehensive, but can be just as informative for most people's concerns. Ask your retailer for this information!
Please note: It is becoming less and less common for retailers to keep physical print outs of their lab results on hand. The standard that has been developed over the last year or so has been to put QR codes directly onto the product's packaging. These codes can be read by simply pointing your phone camera at them. If the code is a little too small, zoom your camera in a bit. We will be doing another article soon teaching you how to read these lab results!
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