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What is the difference between CBD and THC?

When you hear the word “Marijuana”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many people are hesitant about the subject because of its negative “drug” reputation. It is often perceived as a drug that is abused. Unfortunately, people often confuse CBD with other products related to the Cannabis sativa plant without taking a moment to see the possibilities.


Marijuana is commonly perceived as a recreational and sometimes abused drug that contains THC. It creates a euphoric high that can assist many with pains and anxiety. For others, it may have the opposite effect and create extreme anxiety.

CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant as does marijuana, but its chemical makeup is entirely different, and it offers different healing benefits. The chemical CBD or Cannabinoid is extracted from the industrial hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that lacks anything more than 0.3% THC 

It can be extracted from the flower, leaves, and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD can be broken down and made into edibles, oils, and pills that are used to help people with anxiety, depression, inflammation, seizures, and pain. 


Like CBD, THC is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Plants bred for high THC content are referred to as marijuana. Those bred for CBD and hemp products are referred to as hemp plants or “industrial hemp”.

THC is further known as the compound that induces a state of intoxication or high. It is what users seek for recreational use. It can be extracted from the buds of the plant, which are ground and sieved when the time is right for the bud. It is usually extracted through solvent-free methods. It can also be extracted through a process involving carbon dioxide. 

THC can be beneficial for some but anxiety-inducing for others. Speak with your doctor to determine whether it may be a good option for your situation.