What Is The Difference Between CBD and THC?


In my last article I slightly touched on the topic of what is the difference between CBD and THC but some people still have questions which is fine! That’s the reason for this website, to try to help as many people as possible expand their knowledge on CBD.

There are hundreds of different compounds within cannabis and sometimes it can get confusing on which is which so today we will go over one of the biggest questions asked, what is the difference between CBD and THC?

Psychoactive? Nope!

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that they believe CBD (Cannabidiol) has the same psychoactive properties as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is 100% not true. Although CBD may contain trace amounts of THC, it is heavily regulated on the amount of THC is allowed to slide through, which is nowhere near the amount someone would need to feel “high”. In order to qualify as a legal hemp product, CBD oil must contain less than 0.03% of THC. This is a low enough number where no matter how much CBD you took, you wouldn’t get that “high” feeling like you would from marijuana. CBD definitely does calm and relax you though, one of its many benefits that it carries.

Is Hemp The Same As Marijuana

Just to make things clear, hemp is not the same as marijuana. There are two marijuana families, indica and sativa. Hemp is part of the sativa family and contains very low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. Marijuana is opposite in the fact that it contains higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. People sometimes think the two are the same since they technically cbd-oilcome from the same plant, but again to classify as hemp the plant must contain less than 0.03% THC. The marijuana family indica contains higher levels of CBD than its sativa counter-part but still way more than the ruled 0.03%, and still couldn’t classify as hemp since it isn’t the sativa strain.

When buying CBD products try to buy quality oils and creams from reputable companies, this will ensure you get the best CBD product that was processed correctly and has the lowest amount of THC!

Are They Both Beneficial?

Well, actually, yes! Both are! CBD and THC actually have similar benefits. That’s the great thing about CBD, you get all of the benefits without any psychoactive properties! The reason I say this is that a lot of people may try smoking marijuana for anxiety (one of the things it claims to help with), and the problem with this is that in many cases marijuana can actually cause anxiety because of its psychoactive properties.

CBD, since it contains very little to no THC won’t give you that same anxiety feeling many get using marijuana. This makes it a great candidate for helping people with anxiety, depression, inflammation, migraines, chronic pain, digestive help and much more!

The Upperhand?

Many people believe that using an isolated CBD supplement from hemp isn’t as effective as using a supplement from a whole cannabis plant source. In the past this would be illegal unless you had a marijuana card but as states legalize it, you might be able to purchase CBD oil extracted from a cannabis plant than from a hemp plant. cannabis

If you are indeed able to get your hands on CBD oil extracted from a cannabis plant (legally of course) than it will of course contain more THC, but also possibly more CBD. Cannabis farmers are starting to extract from plants with a higher CBD to THC ratio as to maximize its effectiveness on pain relief, anxiety, and much more.

If you aren’t able to purchase this where you live than CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant is still an amazing option and will provide you a multitude of benefits! It is now legal in all 50 states as well making it very accessible (if you are over 18)!

Both are great options, providing relief to pain, and aid with many diseases and disorders.

Now You Know!

The difference between CBD and THC is pretty visible to those who are educated on the subject, and not everyone has looked into what the difference between CBD and THC really is! If you were having trouble understanding the difference between CBD and THC I hope that this article has helped you to get a better grasp on it!

The biggest thing you need to know is really that THC is what contains the psychoactive properties that CBD doesn’t. THC itself does provide a few different benefits, but nothing compared to the amount that CBD does!

If you have any questions or would just love to share your thoughts on the topic please feel free to comment!


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8 thoughts on “What Is The Difference Between CBD and THC?

  1. Great article! I was one of those with the opinion that CBD (Cannabidiol) has the same psychoactive properties as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) but now i know better and thanks to this article
    Thanks for sharing and i will always come back here for more insights.

  2. Keenan,
    This is great information on the difference. Not having to smoke and fill your lungs is a great advantage that CBD oil has. My brother in law died of lung cancer from smoking, he did smoke weed a lot.
    I like how you can get the benefits of the CBD oil with out the side effects of smoking weed and the high that it gives you. The benefits of the THC does not compare to its bad qualities. Now that it is legal in all of the states, do you think that the quality will go down so that people can make more money with the same expense. How can you compare one product against another with out having it in hand, can you trust the sellers information.

    1. I’m glad I was able to help explain the difference! Smoking weed for the CBD unfortunately will most of the time give you that “high” feeling which can cause unwanted anxiety and more.
      I believe that CBD will most definitely have companies out there only trying to get a quick buck selling low quality CBD but there will always be the companies who strive to provide the most quality CBD for the best value!
      The best way to find the best CBD companies is to find the ones with the best extraction methods, something I will go in depth with in a future post!
      I hope this has helped John, and I appreciate the comment 🙂

  3. Hi Keenan,

    I am SO glad you put in bold that CBD does not have the “high” effect that marijuana has. I have taken CBD for anxiety for a few months now, and the biggest misconception among my friends and family is that it causes you to feel high. I am so glad that you have explained the actual properties and differences between the two.

    You do an awesome job highlighting the properties that differ between hemp, THC, and CBD and its refreshing and educational. I am so glad I found this post and will be sending it over to my friends and family who see CBD as being the same as THC. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Unfortunately many do still believe that CBD has the ability to get you “high” which is completely untrue! I’m glad I was able to provide you value Madysen and appreciate you passing on the article! Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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