What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products. Both compounds are derived from the same cannabis plant, but they have different properties that set them apart. THC is associated with feelings of euphoria or psychoactive effects, while CBD is best known for its health benefits. CBD does not contain THC, so it does not produce a high.

It is usually formulated as an oil, extract, vaporized liquid, or oil-based capsule. The FDA recognizes the public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD. In the body, CBD and THC interact with cannabinoid receptors to help treat or limit the effects of various conditions. When introduced into your system, they interact and have an effect on the endocannabinoid system. Both compounds can be found in products ranging from smoking flowers, foods and beverages, tinctures and balms.

THC is known to help relieve pain and nausea associated with chronic conditions. The only CBD product approved by the FDA is a prescription oil called Epidiolex. Research suggests that any side effects that occur with CBD consumption are likely due to drug interactions between CBD and other medications you're taking. To ensure safety, it's important to check with your doctor before using either compound. The entourage effect is the term used to describe the improved effects of cannabinoids like THC and CBD when they act together rather than alone. Smoking CBD gives quick results, but it also carries the risk of inhaling toxic chemicals if you use low-quality electronic or insulated liquid products.

A recent study of 84 CBD products purchased online showed that more than a quarter of them contained less CBD than the label. CBD and THC may share the same chemical composition, but their atomic arrangement is different. If any product contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it's not considered a controlled substance under federal law. However, more research is needed to determine the best type of CBD products and how much you should take to better improve your sleep.

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