CBD vs. THC: How Are They Different?

As the use of the cannabis plant and different types of cannabis products in the U.S. continues to evolve legally and become more widespread, more and more people are beginning to research their options. In your research, you’re going to come across many terms that appear to be interchangeable but in reality, have critical differences. Two of the most important terms you’ll see and need to understand in order to choose the right product for your needs are CBD and THC.

What are CBD and THC anyway?

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are both cannabinoids, or chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. On a molecular level, they are identical in makeup, but their atoms are arranged differently.

CBD vs. THC Psychoactive Effects

Both CBD and THC are psychoactive, but in different ways. THC produces the high most people associate with the cannabis plant, which can result in euphoria or sedation. CBD does NOT make you high, but is psychoactive in that it can affect brain activity to help conditions such as anxiety, depression, and seizures (as can THC).

CBD vs. THC Health Benefits

CBD and THC share many of the same medicinal benefits, such as helping to treat symptoms of epilepsy, anxiety, pain, IBS and IBD, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia, among other conditions. There are certain conditions though that are typically treated with one over the other, with some overlap.

CBD is often used to treat issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Migraines

THC is often used to treat issues such as:

  • Pain
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Glaucoma

CBD vs. THC Side Effects

Side effects associated with CBD and THC are typically minimal and temporary, though THC has been known to produce more. Potential side effects of CBD include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Appetite changes
  • Lightheadedness

Potential side effects of THC include:

  • Increased heartrate
  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Anxiety
  • Slowed reactions
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory loss

CBD vs. THC Legality

Laws on products containing CBD and THC are constantly changing and vary by state. Hemp-based CBD products have been legalized federally, with each state implementing its own regulations on the industry. Cannabis containing THC has not been federally legalized, but many states have legalized it for medical use, with some others also legalizing it for recreational use.

At Resolve Naturals, the CBD oil that serves as the basis for all of our products is made from organically grown Colorado hemp. The scientifically advanced extraction process we use allows us to offer you CBD oils, capsules, and topicals in their most natural and beneficial form, free of THC.

When you’re ready to learn about the amazing benefits of CBD firsthand, head over to our online shop to find the products you need!