Differences between CBD and THC


As people continue to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, consumers are becoming more curious and at the same time more aware of the options and benefits of using cannabis. And this includes the two natural compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol  (THC).

These substances interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body via the cannabinoid receptors, but they differ in their effects. Nevertheless, let us discuss the differences between CBD and THC.

The Psychoactive and the non- psychoactive component

CBD and THC have different psychoactive effects despite their similarities in chemical structures. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound; this implies that it lacks the ‘high’ effect that is associated with THC. THC can bind directly with the CB1 receptors which result in the psychoactive ‘high’ effect. This effect induces drowsiness or sleeps while CBD keeps you up and energized.


Due to its ability to alter a user’s mind, THC remains an illegal substance in the US and most countries around the world, while CBD is seen as a safer option, thus making it legal. Though the legality is on a federal level, it is only meant for CBD derived from hemp and not marijuana.

Before buying either product, be aware of your state laws. Some states have legalized medical marijuana for medical and recreational purposes while others are yet to do so. Know what works for your state to avoid facing legal penalties.

Medical benefits

CBD and THC have many similar medical benefits; CBD does not cause the euphoric effect that occurs from the use of THC. It provides relief from seizures, inflammation, pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, inflammatory bowel diseases, psychosis or mental disorder.

THC provides relief from pain, insomnia, glaucoma, low appetite, anxiety, nausea, and muscle spasticity.

Side effects

If you take CBD in large doses, your body has the capacity to tolerate it. If there are any unpleasant side effects, it is probably as a result of drug-to-drug interaction between CBD and other medications you are taking.

With THC, you will experience side effects such as dry mouth, increased heart rate, red eyes, memory loss, slower reaction time, or coordination problems. These sides effects are part of THC’s psychoactive properties.


CBD and THC have many similarities, they also have distinct differences. Both compounds provide tremendous benefits to its user, and this is based on the individual’s special needs. If you are confused about which product to buy, talk to a cannabis expert.