They both stem from cannabis and are two of the most buzzed about and researched cannabinoids. While it seems rather obvious the difference between CBD and THC, there’s still quite a bit of confusion, especially when it comes to regulation. What’s more, there’s a bit of a gray area as to the benefits of each.
As an authority in the space, we’re here to clear up the confusion with clear-cut answers. Read on for the (uncomplicated) scoop on CBD vs THC.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is also one of the most abundant and heavily researched cannabinoids and does not produce any intoxicating effects—meaning, it will not get you high.
What is THC?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is also one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, however it does produce an intoxicating effect. Depending on the dosage, THC can make you feel high.
But they come from the same plant, right?
Yes, both CBD and THC stem from the cannabis plant. But here’s where it differs: Cannabis is considered the genus while hemp and marajuana are each a species of cannabis. The hemp plant is much more abundant in CBD than THC, whereas the marijuana plant is more abundant in THC than CBD. So while they’re both cannabis plants, they’re different types and yield different ratios of cannabinoids.