CBD vs THC: What You Need to Know

What to Use CBD vs THC For

As noted above, if you’re looking to get high, then THC is what you’re looking for. THC’s most famous property is it’s psychoactive nature, and the reason that most seek it out. But that’s not THC’s only human benefit.

As THC interacts with the CB1 receptors in the brain and sets about the process of getting us “high” our altered mental state means we also become more relaxed and talkative; we find it easier to laugh and enjoy the company of others, and every day tasks such as eating or exercising become more pleasurable.

THC’s overall sensations of euphoria can turn inward, though, and side effects can include anxiety and potential panic attacks after intake. Though outright audio/visual hallucinations are rare, sensations of paranoia after cannabis use can lead to increased awareness and mis-assignment of noises and other events nearby, increasing anxiety until the effects of the high decrease.

CBD, acting more on other receptors in the body, tends to focus on physical responses than mental. Typical user reports include usage of CBD helping to alleviate chronic pain and inflammation, deriving from both arthritis and other muscular ailments. CBD is also known for aiding with appetite in patients with nausea-related issues, and can help with insomnia as well. Though CBD won’t get you high it’s medical benefits can be myriad and shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Legality of CBD vs THC

Both THC and CBD are taken from the cannabis plant. But while all strains of cannabis contain some level of CBD, not all cannabis strains contain THC.

Industrial hemp, useful in a wide variety of non-intoxicating applications, has always contained very little THC compared to it’s more commonly-smoked cannabis cousins, and specially-bred strains of cannabis containing a decreased THC-to-CBD ratio are often used in industrial CBD farming operations.

The legality of THC is a sticky topic, and one where the details are constantly changing. As of the publication date of this article, 15 states have fully legalized cannabis possession and consumption, with many others allowing for medical marijuana use if recommended by a physician.

This means that, depending on where you live, THC may be fully legal, it may be legal only for licensed medical patients, it may be decriminalized, or cannabis may just be flat-out illegal in any context. Interactive maps such as the above can help you figure out what laws are applicable where you live.

Though not endorsed by the United States Food & Drug Administration, hemp-derived, CBD-based products containing zero percentage of THC are legal nation-wide; without the THC molecule, CBD is fully legal to sell, possess, and use. CBD cannabis farmers are still required to follow specific and strict regulations in growing and processing their crop (many of which we talk about in our article “Why is CBD Oil So Expensive?“), but for the end consumer there are no questions about CBD’s legality.

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