As the legal use of marijuana and other cannabis products grows, consumers are becoming more curious about their options. This includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two natural compounds found marijuana and hemp (both plants of the Cannabis genus).
CBD is found primarily in extractions from the hemp plant. It’s sold in gels, edibles, oils, supplements, extracts, and more. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. It can be consumed by smoking marijuana. It’s also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, among others.
- CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp - While the primary reason many people consume marijuana is for the psychoactive effects of THC, CBD actually acts to temper the effects of THC. Hemp and marijuana are both subspecies of the cannabis plant, but one has been selectively bred for drug production, and the other for fiber and seed production, but they both contain high amounts of CBD.
- THC is found in both marijuana and hemp - Marijuana has been selectively bred for drug production, which explains why THC percentages can vary from a low 5% to a whopping 35%. In comparison, hemp only contains approximately 0.3% THC and can’t legally be grown, manufactured, or sold with more than .3% THC.
- CBD will not make you feel high - Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC. THC binds with the CB1 receptors in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria. CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. In fact, it even interferes with the binding of THC and dampen the psychoactive effects.
- THC and CBD both have medical uses - THC and CBD each have many medical benefits and uses. THC is often used for its euphoric, relaxing, and pain-relieving effects. CBD can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia and arthritis, among others. THC is commonly used to induce sleep and drowsiness, stimulate appetite, as a painkiller, antiemetic and muscle relaxant. CBD is used to prevent anxiety, as a neuroprotectant, as a painkiller, and an anti-inflammatory.
- THC will make you fail a drug test, CBD won’t - Whether you agree with it or not, some companies and organizations conduct drug tests. You likely already know that smoking THC-laden weed within 4-6 weeks will make you fail a drug test. However, you’re probably wondering if taking CBD hemp oil could make you fail one too. The answer is pretty straightforward; probably not. In order to potentially fail a drug test, you’d have to consume 1,000 - 2,000 mg of CBD hemp oil on a daily basis. Put simply, a consumer who uses a high-quality, scientifically vetted hemp-based product at the standard serving size is highly unlikely to test positive for THC.
If you are concerned about failing a drug test Relief Scout recommends that you avoid consuming CBD to play it safe.