What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Some people are reluctant to try CBD oil because they are confused about what cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are and what they are not. While they are completely different compounds, it is easy to see where the confusion comes from since both relate to the cannabis plant. Though, these are distinct compounds that impact the body quite differently.

Today we are going to dispel myths and clear up the confusion about CBD and THC. 

What is cannabidiol (CBD)?


Cannabidiol is commonly called CBD and can be found in oils, tinctures, creams, and other types of preparations. CBD occurs within the cannabis sativa industrial hemp plant, which has over a hundred distinct types of naturally occurring compounds. CBD is known to offer many benefits, including reducing inflammation, pain, and anxiety. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it does not produce any type of euphoria and cannot get you high. 

What is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active compound in marijuana that makes you “feel high.” It is a completely different chemical compound than CBD and does not impact the body the same way. While THC is known to have positive benefits, like reducing pain and improving sleep, it has a different impact on the body. 

How are CBD and THC different?

Part of the confusion between CBD and THC is because they are both related to cannabis. These compounds are just two of the hundreds of compounds found within the family of cannabis plants. Hemp is the least processed form of the cannabis plant, and its where CBD is found. So not only are they chemically different, but they are also derived from several types of cannabis plants.


For what can CBD be used?

There is ongoing and exciting research happening all the time regarding the uses of CBD. And although we still have things to learn, we know that CBD can help reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle soreness. We also know that it can help with anxiety, headaches, sleep issues and much more. Currently, the FDA has approved one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, for the treatment of seizures. As research continues, we might very well see additional FDA approved medications from CBD.


As you can see, CBD is a powerful and natural compound that holds a lot of promise for helping people boost their quality of life. If you are curious about the topic, and want to learn more, you can always contact us with your questions. We also encourage people to do their own research. If you are not sure where to start, check out Project CBD.  This is a non-profit news source that can help you understand CBD better, including the benefits and science behind it.