Often thought of as one in the same, CBD and THC are like fraternal twins. They look the same, they come from the same mother, but they have their own features and personality. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which CBD and THC are similar to. This allows both to engage with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, they each use different pathways to interact with the endocannabinoid system.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and derives from the cannabis (hemp or marijuana) plant. CBD is a nonintoxicant, meaning it won’t produce the psychoactive high you find in THC. Even though CBD products can contain up to 0.3% THC, it’s not enough to give you that psychoactive response. In fact, products that do give you a high feeling have up to 30% THC. CBD is known for its therapeutic properties and is well received in the wellness industry. CBD has an array of possible health benefits, such as relieving anxiety, reducing pain, and enhancing your quality of sleep.
Some other CBD differentiators include:
- 108 – 120 days of growth cycle
- Is found in clothing and body care
- Can be used in dog treats
THC stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and derives from the cannabis plant. The marijuana plant typically produces high levels of THC, where the hemp plant has higher levels of CBD. Unlike its counterparts, THC is known for its euphoric, analgesic, and stimulating effects. THC is the only known cannabinoid with intoxication properties. For this reason, it is linked to more recreational use than wellness. However, THC has its own array of health benefits. Its cognitive and mood-altering properties can be used medicinally for mental and physical conditions, though this does need to be doctor approved.
Some other THC differentiators include:
- 60 – 90 day growth cycle
- Highly concentrated
- Only recommended for humans
As mentioned before, CBD and THC come from the same cannabis plant. Like twins, they have two different compounds with distinct properties that separate them. CBD is more known for its health and wellness, while THC is more for recreational and psychoactive. We hope this helps you differentiate between the two. While Texas is a Marijuana free state, we do carry an array of CBD products from topicals to pet products.