CBD vs THC: What’s The Difference?

Cannabis is riding a new wave of awareness and popularity, and not just because of marijuana legalization in many states. One cannabis compound in particular, that has technically been legal for use in all 50 states for a long time but has only recently attracted the public’s eye, seems to be getting most of the publicity despite having no recreational use.

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil as it is more commonly known, is being mixed into everything from creams to gummies to coffee, and with good reason. CBD is a cannabinoid like THC, found in the hemp plant, but that doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects. Users of CBD are those looking to tap into the proven health benefits of cannabis, rather than the recreational high more traditionally associated with it.

Chances are you’ve already heard excited testimonials of people using it for various health benefits. Most of the people reporting benefits from CBD usage attest to its effects related to stress, sleep, and pain issues. Social media is awash with glowing reports of its effectiveness for myriad issues, and even simply a feeling of wellness. Even around professional corporate offices, where previously any mention of anything even slightly-related to cannabis would be sternly disapproved of, water-cooler conversations revolve around this exciting, and legal, usage of an extract from the cannabis plant. Long-time THC users are probably familiar with how the interaction of the minority cannabinoid CBD changed the effects of THC on them, and people are finding the reverse to be true as well; CBD seems to be absorbed more easily in the presence of a small (but federally legal) amount of THC. For this reason, full-spectrum CBD products have been the most popular, as they include these other synergistic cannabinoids in their oil.

. Because of its broad appeal in health and wellness, and recent clarification of its legality under federal law, CBD can be found everywhere from dispensaries to health food stores. CBD has also made inroads into mainstream medical culture, with many doctors now recommending it to patients. For those who still prefer THC as their “preferred” cannabinoid of choice, the federal laws still prohibit that one, and THC products are still only legally available in the few states that have chosen to legalize recreational usage. States with medical marijuana laws on their books tend to treat high-CBD smokable cannabis similarly to its THC cousin, but allow CBD oils like CBDPure to be purchased without a prescription or medical card.

 People from all walks of life seem to have caught on to CBD, and any stigma related to its association with cannabis and marijuana seems to have disappeared. Whether it’s depression, chronic pain, anxiety, or seizure disorders, research shows a broad spectrum of conditions and health concerns that cannabinoids may have a role in treating. Much research needs to be done though, and the scientific proof is way behind. U.S. drug policy of the previous 30 years, coupled with a societal distrust of cannabis as merely a recreational drug, have slowed the pace of the type of comprehensive clinical study that needs to be done. Until the science catches up with popularity, CBD usage will remain as a popular alternative to traditional medication-based treatment, rather than part of a comprehensive treatment regimen within the professional medical community at large.

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