Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are related, as both come from Cannabis plants, but they aren’t the same! Keep reading to learn more about the differences between CBD and THC.
What is the Cannabis plant?
CBD is short for “cannabidiol,” a compound found in the cannabis plant Cannabis sativa. You may also know of the cannabis plant as marijuana or hemp. Marijuana and hemp are both considered Cannabis sativa, but there are slight differences since Cannabis sativa can be grown in various ways to enhance certain properties of the plant.
For example, marijuana plants contain more of the infamous THC compound, which is responsible for the feeling of getting “high” when using marijuana. But not all compounds produce this high. CBD is an example of one compound that does not have psychoactive effects, though it has loads of other benefits.
On the other hand, hemp plants are high in fiber and CBD and typically contain less than 0.3% THC.
Similarities and Differences between CBD and THC
Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. When the compounds meet ECS receptors, they send signals to your brain. The effects that occur as a result are different.
When THC binds cannabinoid-1 receptors, it leads to the feeling of being “high.” CBD doesn’t bind cannabinoid-1 receptors as much, so it doesn’t produce this euphoric feeling.
Despite not having the same euphoria-inducing activity, both CBD and THC may be helpful for use with similar conditions—seizures, inflammation, pain, and nausea, for example.
Where can you get CBD oil?
The Compounding Center in Leesburg, VA now carries a gluten-free brand of CBD oil grown from agricultural hemp called Plus CBD Oil.