Article by Express CBD Store.
You may have heard some people hyping up the benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, and how it comes from cannabis plants, but doesn’t produce a high like marijuana. But is this the only major difference between CBD and marijuana?
Let’s clear up some confusion first. Both CBD and THC, the substance in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects, are present in marijuana and hemp, the related cannabis plant CBD can be extracted from. As defined in the 2018 Farm Bill, the difference is that hemp only contains about .3% or less THC, while marijuana’s THC content exceeds 15%, which is certainly enough to cause a high.
That being said, is CBD simply “THC without the high,” or does it come with its own distinct set of benefits? In the past, studies have observed some of THC’s medical uses, such as relief from pain, nausea, and insomnia, anti-inflammatory properties, and fighting HIV, and relieving anxiety. CBD has shown some similar benefits to THC, as it has also been used as an anxiety reliever, and as pain relief, but there are some other things CBD might be able to do. For example, in one study, CBD was effective at preventing seizures, while THC prevented them for some participants and caused them for others.
Some of the side effects are also different between CBD and THC. CBD may cause stomach problems or low blood pressure, while THC results in impaired mental functioning such as problems with memory and balance. THC also has some psychotic side effects that CBD users wouldn’t experience, such as paranoia.