The Difference Between THC and CBD

Does CBD get you high?

Although CBD products are becoming more and more popular in the mainstream, we here at Pure Lush Organics receive questions all the time about the difference between THC and CBD. It appears that there may be some confusion when it comes to the difference between THC and CBD, two compounds sourced from the cannabis plant. One of the biggest questions we receive from our customers is: will CBD get me high? 

Today, Pure Lush Organics will be explaining the difference between THC and CBD so that you know exactly what you can expect from our products. Once you understand the real difference between THC and CBD, we’re willing to bet that you’ll be ready to pick up some CBD products of your own. Let’s get started and get all of your questions answered!

What is CBD?

Before we get down to the key differences between CBD and THC, it’s important that you have a basic understanding of what each compound is. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from either hemp or cannabis. CBD is a naturally occurring substance that is commonly used in products like oils and edibles in order to impart feelings of relaxation and calm. CBD is also known for a variety of other medical benefits for the mind and body which we will discuss in more detail later. Unlike its cousin, THC, the major active ingredient found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. 

What is THC?

Now that you have a basic understanding of what CBD is, it’s time to talk about THC. THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the many compounds found in the resin secreted by the glands of the marijuana plant. More of these glands are found around the reproductive organs of the plant than on any other area of the plant. 

THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects and acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals naturally made in the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Unlike CBD, THC possesses psychoactive effects that stimulate the cells in the brain to produce dopamine, creating euphoria. It also interferes with how information is processed within the hippocampus- the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories.  

CBD Versus THC: The Chemical Structure

Now that you understand what CBD and THC are, it’s time for us to talk about the specific differences between the two compounds. Let’s start with the chemical structure of each compound so that you can understand more about the chemical makeup of each.

Both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 2 oxygen atoms, and 30 hydrogen atoms. So why do CBD and THC have different effects on the body if they have the same molecular structure? This is due to the fact that there is a slight difference in how the atoms in each compound are arranged. Both CBD and THC are chemically similar to your body’s endocannabinoids. This allows them to interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the body.

The interaction with CBD and THC with the endocannabinoid system affects the release of neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals responsible for relaying messages between cells and have roles in areas such as stress and sleep, just to name very few. 

CBD Versus THC: Psychoactive Components

Despite their similar molecular structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects on the body. That being said, it should be noted that CBD is psychoactive to some extent, just not in the same way that THC is. Specifically, CBD doesn’t produce the same high that THC does when introduced to the bloodstream. CBD, rather, is known to produce a variety of nutraceutical benefits for both the mind and body, namely, helping with everyday discomforts.   

While THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain and produces a high sense of euphoria, CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. In fact, CBD needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptor and, in turn, can even help to reduce the psychoactive effects produced by THC such as euphoria or even sedation. For this reason, CBD is often used to counteract the high caused by the use of THC. 

CBD Versus THC: Legality

Another key difference between CBD and THC is found in legality. Within the United States, cannabis-related laws are changing regularly. For this reason, technically, CBD is still considered a Schedule 1 drug under federal law. While hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FEA) still classify CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. That being said, CBD products are still entirely legal in the United States. This is due to the fact that CBD doesn’t cause psychoactive effects in the same way that THC does, producing a high. 

A total of 33 states in the United States, including Washington D.C., have passed cannabis-related laws, making the use of cannabis containing high levels of THC for medicinal purposes legal. That being said, cannabis must be prescribed by a licensed physician. In addition, several other states have made the recreational use of THC and cannabis legal. In states where cannabis is legal for either recreational or medicinal purposes, you should be able to buy CBD products. That being said, before buying products that contain either CBD or THC, you should check with your state’s individual laws

CBD Versus THC: The Nutraceutical Benefits

Next, let’s talk about the differences in the nutraceutical benefits provided by both CBD and THC. When it comes to the differences between the nutraceutical benefits of CBD and THC, it should be noted that the nutraceutical benefits are fairly similar between each compound. In fact, each compound can provide relief for many of the same conditions. CBD, again, doesn’t cause the same euphoric effects that occur with THC, however. For this reason, many people tend to prefer to use CBD to experience the nutraceutical benefits ensured by each compound. 

In June of 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first prescription medication to contain CBD. This particular drug is used to treat rare and difficult-to-control forms of epilepsy.

It is best to make clear that there has been a minimal (but growing) amount of scientific research conducted and there is little “evidence” that proves any of the uses & benefits of CBD other than in Epidiolex, which contains up to 100mg/ml of CBD.

Like CBD, THC also has several of its own nutraceutical benefits, but contains a higher % of THC and is typically sold in medical marijuana dispensaries.

As mentioned above under CBD, there has been a minimal (but growing) amount of scientific research conducted with THC.

Pure Lush Organics follows all FDA guides and does not claim that any of our products can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

CBD Versus THC: Side Effects

Another difference between CBD and THC can be found in the side effects associated with the use of each compound. It should be noted that CBD is typically well-tolerated by the body, even in large doses. THC, on the other hand, can cause a number of temporary side effects that can be a bit uncomfortable for users. This is why CBD is typically used to counteract the side effects of THC. It should be noted, additionally, that neither compound is fatal.

Let’s take a look at some of the side effects associated with CBD which are usually fairly minimal. Research suggests that any side effects that typically occur with the use of CBD are often due to a drug-to-drug interaction between CBD and prescription medication. Side effects associated with the use of CBD include:

  • Fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight loss
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea

Next, let’s take a look at the side effects associated with the use of THC. These side effects are part of the compound’s psychoactive properties. These temporary side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Coordination problems
  • Slower reaction times
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety

CBD Products by Pure Lush Organics

Now that you understand the key differences between CBD and THC (including the fact that CBD cannot get you high), you’re likely interested in purchasing some CBD for yourself. Luckily, Pure Lush Organic is your one-stop-shop for the most high-quality CBD products around!

At Pure Lush Organic, we offer a variety of CBD products that are made with the finest and purest, naturally and organically derived, non-GMO, and gluten-free industrialized hemp oil. Formulated for maximum benefits and optimum wellness, our products are sourced from hemp grown by U.S. farmers operating under strict guidelines. From the raw hemp processing and proprietary extraction to the refinement, THC removal, and nanoemulsion technology used, we believe that excellence is of the utmost importance in creating products of the highest quality.

We are committed to using organic ingredients whenever possible and refuse to sell any product that doesn’t meet our high standards. If you’re looking to experience the benefits ensured by CBD, there’s no better place to shop than here at Pure Lush Organics. Check out our selection of CBD products today and get started on your way to better mental and physical health!

By Nelson J Heredia

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