The cannabis plant is one of the most amazing plants known to man and is getting more attention now than ever before. People are very curious to learn about it, but there still remains a lot of confusion about the different compounds found in the cannabis plant and the effects of these compounds. Two of the most common cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Let’s take a look at these compounds and discuss the differences between them.

1. The High

The fact that THC causes a high is one of the biggest differences between CBD and THC. Although cannabis has become known as a plant that people use on a recreational basis, it is only the THC molecule that causes a high. CBD has no psychoactive effects on its users. In other words, CBD itself does not cause any sort of high at all. With that said, there are strains of cannabis that have high CBD levels but still also feature THC.

2. Anxiety Side-Effect

One of the most well-known side effects of THC is that it can make its users feel anxious and paranoid. Amazingly, research has shown that CBD has the opposite effect on its users. In fact, many people use CBD to combat their anxiety.

3. Antipsychotic Effects

As mentioned previously, research has shown that CBD has anti-anxiety effects. However, there is also evidence that it can act as a potent antipsychotic as well. Researchers are examining CBD on its own as an effective antipsychotic for people with ailments such as schizophrenia.

4. Effects on Sleep

Over the years, one of the most common uses for cannabis has been as a sleep-aid. Some people who are using CBD on a regular basis have reported that it improves their sleep cycle because of the molecule’s ability to combat stress and anxiety. CBD will not make you sleepy during the day, but some users have experienced that it helps them with relaxation when it’s time to go to bed.

5. Legality

The legality of cannabis products remains in somewhat of a gray area. While the federal law states that THC is an illegal schedule 1 drug, state law contradicts this in many places. Even with the federal law stating that THC is illegal, the federal government has been mostly hands-off in the sense that they have allowed the individual states to determine whether or not they would legalize THC. As for CBD, it is a completely different story. In short, the legality of CBD is determined by the origin of the hemp and from what part of the hemp plant the CBD oil was extracted.

At CBDfx we only source European grown hemp and our CBD oil is derived from the mature stalks of the plant only. The reasoning behind this is that the DEA considers these parts exempt from the definition of marijuana and states that “The new drug code (7350) established in the Final Rule does not include materials or products that are excluded from the definition of marijuana set forth in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)” and that “ If a product consisted solely of those parts of the cannabis plant excluded from the CSA definition of marijuana, such product would not be included in the new drug code (7350) or in the drug code for marijuana (7360).

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) defines marihuana by “The term marihuana means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination” (21 U.S.C. 802 (16).