CBD Versus THC: The Difference Behind the Acronyms

If you’re been researching CBD, you’ve probably come across some information, or maybe even had some questions about the differences between CBD and THC. You may have even noticed that on our homepage we have a badge proclaiming “Contains Zero THC!” But what does this mean exactly? And how does it impact which products you buy? In this post we examine the meaning behind the letters, to explain the differences between CBD and THC and how this impacts you as a consumer.

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s one of the active ingredients found in the cannabis plant. CBD occurs naturally, and does not have any sort of psychoactive properties (it reportedly has no major “negative” or unexpected side effects at all!) Despite the fact that CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties, CBD still offers many benefits for health and well-being to its users. CBD has been formally approved in the treatment of a type of seizures in children, and is increasingly being researched and used for other purposes from anxiety, to cosmetics, to chronic pain. 

What Is THC?

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. Like CBD, it’s an active compound found in cannabis, or hemp, plant. THC is most commonly known for its psychoactive properties, or its ability to get one “high.” THC is used in the recreational drug marijuana, as well as in medicinal marijuana prescribed by physicians in areas where it’s permitted by law.

Differences Between CBD and THC

CBD is increasingly being shown to provide many similar medicinal and wellness benefits as THC-inclusive properties, but without the associated effect of getting its user “high.” This is desirable for many who want to reap the benefits of an-all natural, locally grown (in our case) hemp product but do not want to incur any psychoactive mental effects. 

In more technical terms, Web MD explains the difference as follows: “CBD and THC have the same chemical formula — 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The difference lies in the way the atoms are arranged. That gives CBD and THC different chemical properties, and they affect your body differently.”

Why Choose CBD?

So, now that you have a good grasp on the differences between CBD and THC, why would you choose CBD over a compound that includes THC? There are many reasons, which will of course vary by your individual preference or use.

  • No Psychoactive Effect: Emerging research and anecdotal evidence shows CBD offers many similar benefits to THC, but without the feeling of “being high” or mentally impacted in any way.
  • No Doctor’s Visit: While some medical professionals do recommend CBD as part of a standard routine, it’s possible to buy and take CBD yourself without an expensive office visit or special prescription which is needed to obtain THC-inclusive medical products.
  • Approachable: The cost point of CBD is often more approachable than THC-based products, making it a great, accessible option for many people who want or need to use the substance.


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