Not all cannabis is created equal: CBD vs THC

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So for those of you who are unaware, CBD is the new kid on the cannabis block, and it has definitely brought a rave along with it. This is mainly due to the fact that it has several health benefits, and is used by many well known athletes across the globe. THC, on the other hand, is the OG on the cannabis block, and this has been the case for a long period of time. THC has honestly dominated the cannabis market for such a long period that many do not know how it has massive competition from CBD now.  Some consumers are not too sure which is best for them between the two, so this guide will help you figure out which of the two you should choose.

CBD is non-psychoactive

So, first and foremost, what is CBD? Well, if you are new to the cannabis game, there are two compounds that are present in the Cannabis sativa plant, known as cannabis, marijuana, or hemp, and these two compounds are CBD and THC. CBD stands for cannabidiol which is the second most active ingredient in the plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive which is the main difference between CBD and THC. In other words, with CBD products, the main aim is not to get high, however, with THC, the aim is exactly that. THC is much older in the market of cannabis whereas CBD is a lot newer. The main benefits of CBD is that it relieves anxiety and stress, among other benefits such pain relief.

THC’s legal status

THC’s legal status is a bit rocky in most countries and many countries have banned the usage of it for a plethora of reasons. Even in the USA, a lot of states still do not allow the usage of marijuana in their land. The legalization of marijuana in a state or a country actually means the legalization of THC as this is the compound which is psychoactive. The legalization of CBD has been made in many countries, mostly for medical use, however, it is now even being used recreationally in a lot of countries as topicals and in edibles. 

Health benefits

CBD has so many health benefits and you could list so many of them on paper, but the main ones are the following – it can relieve pain in areas of soreness or tension in your body; it has the potential to reduce anxiety of depression; it has the ability to relieve cancer associated symptoms; it has the potential to reduce acne; and last but not least it can help to stimulate an appetite. This makes CBD more of a medical use than THC as a lot of its effects are for relief whereas for THC most of its effects are psychoactive.

Which is better?

The difference between THC and CBD can be summed up simply as one has a psychoactive effect (THC) while the other interacts with different cannabinoids in your body to help achieve potentially beneficial health effects.

The differences are big, so to determine which between the two is better, is quite hard because it depends on what your aim is. The better option is honestly dependent on the user as there are a variety of types of users of cannabis who would choose one over the other. For example, if you want to get high, then THC may be a better option for you.. On the other hand, if you want relief from back pain, then CBD may be better. CBD is also available in some forms that may not be the best for THC like topical, which is essentially a cream or oil with CBD in it.

It’s important that you understand that not all cannabis is created equally, and, in the same breath, not all of them have the same effects. CBD is not psychoactive, which in other words, means that you will not get a high from using CBD – at least not to the same degree of usage of THC. Also, one thing to note, is that when talking about the legal status of marijuana, often they are talking about the legal status of THC. This is because CBD has more health-related benefits than THC which is psychoactive and viewed as a risk.


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