Everything You Need to Know About THC and CBD
The Cannabis Industry is one that is booming with exponential growth, making its name as one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. According to IBIS World, the Cannabis Industry is one of the top 10 growing industries after looking at revenue increases from 2019 to 2020. Medical & Recreational Marijuana Growing has had a 25.2% jump in revenue and Medical & Recreational Marijuana Stores has had a 23.4% increase in revenue. This shows that the marijuana business is valued, but there are some things one must consider before using marijuana, whether it be for medical or recreational purposes. Today, I want to talk about the difference between THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabinol). Both are found in cannabis and have similar characteristics but effect the human body in completely different ways. First, I’ll talk about their similarities, then I’ll go into the key difference, and finally conclude with some closing remarks
Similarities Between THC and CBD
As I mentioned previously, THC and CBD have some key similarities. For one, both will interact with the body’s endocannabinoid systems, which deals with balancing various processes within the body, including immune response, metabolism, appetite, memory, etc. Though true, they have different side effects when being consumed and will look at what those specific differences are in the next section. Another key similarity between the two are that they both can provide support for some of the same health ailments, including nausea and anxiety. Th last similarity I want to touch on is they effect human’s when taking a drug test. I’m pretty sure most people have to take a drug test for one job or another before. Something to consider when consuming THC or CBD is that they both can and will show up on a drug test day, and sometimes weeks after consumption. There’s no specific amount of days or weeks because everything is situational. How long it is stored in the body’s fat is dependent upon the person who’s consuming it and the amount being consumed. With that said, this is something to keep in mind before entering any interview processes. Now that we’ve explored some key similar features of THC and CBD, we will know dive into the differences between the two.
Differences Between THC and CBD
The primary difference between THC and CBD is that THC is psychoactive, and CBD is non-psychoactive (Healthline). What this means is that THC is going to affect the human mind after being consumed. This psychoactive feature of THC is what give marijuana smokers the “high” feeling after smoking. Another key difference is that THC is essentially illegal. CBD on the other hand is legal, as long it is derived from hemp and contains 0.3% THC or less. Dutch Passion Seed Company breaks down THC levels by percentages as follows:
- Low = 0-5%
- Medium = 5-10%
- High = 10-15%
- Very High = 15-20%
- Extremely High = > 20%
As you can see, not much is needed to be effective, which is why a small percentage is allowed in the U.S. As I’ve said previously, THC gives smokers the “high feeling, and with that feeling comes drowsiness, euphoria, paranoia, an increased heartrate, dry mouth, red eyes, anxiety, memory loss, slower reaction times, and coordination issues. On the other side of the spectrum, CBD is anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory, an aid with pain, and a big help with skin and hair nourishment. While not as extreme as THC, CBD does have some other negative side effects like appetite changes, fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, and diarrhea. Lastly, as I mentioned earlier, THC binds with the endocannabinoid system, while CBD doesn’t, which is why THC is needed in CBD to get the wanted effects of consuming marijuana.
Congratulations! You’ve reached the end and learned about the key differences between THC and CBD. Both are associated with marijuana but are different in their own ways. The key takeaway is to know how each effect you after being consumed, and to know the laws for each in your respective state. Keep calm and smoke on!