With all of the information and misinformation about this plant, we’ve decided to tackle one of the biggest questions in cannabis: What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
It’s confusing enough having to differentiate between terms like Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana (more on that later), but having a grasp on the difference between CBD vs. THC can make the conversation around cannabis and health so much easier.
Once you understand how THC and CBD work, what their unique benefits are, and what side effects may come from using them alone or together, it’s much easier to figure out how to incorporate them into a healthy cannabis lifestyle or a journey of cannabis and health.
In this post, we’re going to dive deep into the differences between THC and CBD and then I’ll leave you with my personal experience from incorporating both of these cannabinoids into my journey of overcoming chronic pain, anxiety, and PTSD.
The great showdown: THC vs. CBD
For many years, especially during global cannabis prohibition, THC was the star of the cannabis show.
Because THC has the most pronounced effects (namely the feeling of being high), breeders became more and more focused on increasing the amount of THC in the plant, leading to higher and higher amounts of THC in cannabis.
THC was first isolated in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam, who most often gets all of the credit for finding THC, but it was first discovered by Roger Adams in the 1940s.
Even though CBD had also been discovered in the 1940s and research on it had begun in the ’50s and ’60s, interest in the compound was largely relegated to the scientific community.
Because CBD’s effects are much more subtle, breeders didn’t really have a reason to focus on it. Moreover, CBD dampens the experience and some of the intoxicating effects of THC, so when the goal was to have the “strongest” cannabis, breeders were unwittingly avoiding strains with a higher CBD content.
This led to CBD almost being bred out of American cannabis.
Fast forward to today. Largely due to increasing success from people using CBD in hard-to-treat medical issues like epilepsy, CBD came front and center in the conversation about cannabis and prohibition.
In 2018 in the US, CBD derived from hemp (a legal term used for any cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC) was placed into a grey area of legality via the Farm Bill.
Since then, CBD has become widely available throughout the United States in many forms. You’ll find CBD almost everywhere -including gas stations- and in products ranging from CBD oil, CBD salve, and dog treats.
Cannabis that has a THC content of over 0.3% can be found in states with medical and adult-use laws. It has been legalized in other nations like Canada and Mexico but is still federally prohibited in the United States.
This has led to a lot of confusion around banking, integrating this plant medicine into the medical system, and…
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