The most common question I receive is, “What is the difference between CBD and THC?” I am going to discuss the ten most significant ways in which the two compounds differ.
Both CBD and THC have the same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged accounts for the differing effects on your body
The biggest difference between CBD and THC is the lack of psychoactive effects for CBD, which does not typically cause the characteristic marijuana “high”, munchies, or impacts on motor function like THC.
CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits. They can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC. Some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect.
In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved Trusted Source Epidiolex, the first prescription medication to contain CBD. It’s used to treat rare, difficult-to-control forms of epilepsy.
Top benefits- this is just the top of the list, folks! :
Top Benefit for CBD
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Seizures- in pets too!
- Anxiety Disorders, including OCD
- Psychosis or mental disorders
- Pain and Chronic Pain
- Parkingson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Autism (check with pediatrician before giving any CBD to a minor)
- Smoking addiction
- Metabolic disorders (including weightloss)
- Pet conditions (animals cannot have ANY THC)
Top Benefits for THC
- Muscle spasticity
- Low appetite/Weight gainer
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Relaxation and recreational use
Where does CBD come from?
CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. “Hemp” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight). While the legal definition described above had not been legitimized until the Agricultural Act of 2018 had passed, “hemp” has generally been used to describe non-intoxicating Cannabis that is harvested for the industrial use of its derived products. In hemp, CBD is located in the aerial parts of the plant but is not present in the roots or seeds. The aerial parts of the hemp plant are the parts of the plant above the soil line, i.e., the flowers, stems, and leaves.
Where does Marijuana come from?
“Marijuana” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user. While THC is found throughout all of the aerial parts (i.e the sugar and fan leaves) of a marijuana plant, it is found most abundantly in the flowers of female marijuana plants. As we discussed above, these flowers are coated in small resin glands called trichomes.
Both hemp and marijuana can produce high amounts of CBD, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound; however, THC is produced at very different levels.
While hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, marijuana can contain up to 30% THC content.
Drug Tests Post THC or Full Spectrum CBD
Will you fail a drug test post consumption or inhalation of THC or Full Spectrum CBD:
Drug Tests Post Hemp, Sativa, Broad Spectrum CBD
Will you fail a drug test post-consumption or inhalation of hemp, sativa, broad-spectrum CBD?
This should be no, but not all brands truthful with their labels. It’s best to check their online testing reports before ingesting or smoking any product. Topical products will not show up on a blood test or urine test.
CBD oil can be made from both marijuana and hemp. Hemp-based CBD oils, when used in low doses, are unlikely to result in a positive test because they often don’t contain high enough levels of THC for detection. If an employee is using hemp-derived CBD oil, they would have to consume above 1000-2000mg of the product, considered a relatively large amount, to test non-negative. Note: Taking that much CBD oil could result in the user’s impairment.
Doses aren’t standardized across brands and some recommend higher doses than others. Also, hemp-derived CBD oils aren’t FDA regulated and the advertised THC levels of products can be unreliable. As a result of varying dose recommendations and uncertain THC levels, taking CBD oil comes with a risk of a non-negative test result.
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