CBD vs THC: Carolina Dream

CBD vs THC: Carolina Dream


     What are the differences between CBD and THC? This is a very common question when you start to learn about the cannabis plant. If CBD comes from the same plant as THC, then why doesn’t CBD give you the euphoric high that THC does? If CBD doesn’t get you high, then what does it do?   

     CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the main compounds found in cannabis plants. CBD does not cause a psychoactive high like THC does, and instead has therapeutic and medical applications. THC is known for its intoxicating effects and is the primary compound responsible for the high associated with marijuana use.

     By 2020, cannabis has been legalized for medical use in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia. Recreational cannabis is legal in at least 15 states and DC. At the federal level, the cannabis plant is legal only if the THC content does not exceed 0.3 percent. These legal hemp-derived CBD products are called hemp.

     With hemp legal again, consumers and researchers are becoming more interested in the clinical uses of cannabis. The plant contains multiple compounds that can potentially bring significant health benefits, including both CBD and THC. CBD and THC are two of more than 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis. The most common cannabinoids being CBD and THC. There are two main sub-species of cannabis plants, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Both sub-species contain significantly higher concentrations of THC than CBD. Traditionally, hemp plants were sativa varieties of cannabis that grew tall for fiber production. But the Farm Bill of 2018 changed the definition of hemp to mean any cannabis plant with a THC level below 0.3 percent.

     This change of the definition of hemp by Congress is the source of confusion for many who thought of hemp only in a historical context. The hemp plants that create full spectrum CBD oils come from sativa-indica hybrids. That means they look and smell exactly like cannabis plants. The only difference is the THC level. Each variety of cannabis, whether cannabis or hemp, has a different ratio of cannabinoids, THC to CBD and other cannabinoids.

     In conclusion you should now have some more knowledge and insight to the difference between THC & CBD. Carolina Dream is advocating in South Carolina to bring legal medical THC cannabis to South Carolinians. CBD is legal in South Carolina but even then South Carolinians have legal issues with CBD products because of the vast similarities with THC. Though Carolina Dream cannot sell THC, they do have Delta-9 THC products and CBD products. 



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