By Allison Foster
What are CBD and THC?
Because of widespread misinformation around cannabis use, the myths, mysteries, and sometimes total bullsh*t that you see or hear about CBD and THC can sometimes feel like a bit much. Fortunately, new studies and research have provided cannabis lovers and those new to the plant with a lot more information on the two. Still, it’s easy to get confused as to how the two cannabinoids differentiate.
If there’s one thing about us, we’re going to spill the tea, so let’s start with the basics.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a compound found in marijuana and can be derived from hemp or non-hemp plants. According to the CDC, hemp is defined as any part of the cannabis sativa plant with no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, and any hemp that does contain more than that said amount is considered non-hemp cannabis or marijuana. In 2018, the U.S. Congress passed and signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act, which effectively legalized CBD as long as it came from hemp.
You can find CBD in various products such as oils, food, gummies, and even cosmetics. Many cannabis consumers prefer CBD products because CBD does not give them a euphoric head “high” but is instead thought to work with other components in the body connected to feelings of well-being.
THC, however, does provide the “high” that most people associate with cannabis. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis and, like CBD, is available in oils, edibles, capsules, and more. Although THC has now been legalized in several different states, it is still considered illegal throughout several states in the U.S.
Now, you may find yourself wondering which is better or which of the two may be the most beneficial for you.
Well, both CBD and THC have been reported to assist with everything from anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, glaucoma, and inflammation. Simply put—if one or both interest you, there are many product options available to try. Always remember to do your research, read the packaging of any products you plan to consume, and, most importantly, start low and go slow.
Stay fly and high, ladies and gents.