What’s the Main Difference Between CBD and THC?

In recent years, we’ve seen increased discussion surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oils. But is it possible that some of you out there still haven’t fully understood the difference between CBD and THC?

Well, that changes immediately! Now that a majority of states are legalizing at least medical cannabis, people are becoming increasingly curious about what exactly it is and its uses.

It’s time to discuss the main difference between the two and why THC has psychoactive effects while CBD doesn’t.

Ready to get started? Let’s hop right into it!

Chemical Composition

The main difference between CBD and THC lies in the effects they have on their consumer. Both are types of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It does not bind with THC receptors in the brain and won’t get you high.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive compound. This creates a “high” feeling when consumed.

Meanwhile, THC binds to brain receptors and interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This is why CBD is usually found in products such as cliq pods, while THC is not.


Due to the lack of psychoactive effects of CBD, it is not generally subject to drug laws. It is legally available throughout much of the world.

THC, on the other hand, is still illegal in most of the world due to its intoxicating effects, with the majority of countries having very strict controls in place to restrict its use. In some countries, however, such as Canada and parts of the USA, the legalization of cannabis has occurred, with both THC and CBD now legal in some form.

Benefits and Shortcomings of CBD and THC

CBD is known to have many health benefits, such as pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-anxiety properties. It can help to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as epilepsy, depression, and anxiety.

However, it does not produce the same psychoactive effects that THC does. THC has all of the same medicinal properties as CBD but also produces a psychoactive high.

This high can be beneficial for some medical purposes, such as reducing nausea in cancer patients and a big help with appetite in those with eating disorders. However, it also has the potential for misuse and addiction.

CBD does not produce the same high or the same risk of misuse and addiction as THC does. Therefore, CBD is seen as the preferred choice for those looking to benefit from the medicinal properties of marijuana without the risks associated with the psychoactive effects of THC.

Difference Between CBD and THC

The primary difference between CBD and THC is that THC produces a psychoactive high, whereas CBD does not. CBD may provide relief from certain symptoms without producing a high, so it is the preferred of the two for those who want the therapeutic benefits without the euphoria.

If you’re interested in learning more about THC and CBD, please reach out to your primary care doctor.

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