THC binds to the cannabinoid (CB1) receptors in our brain and produces a sense of euphoria or high. Whereas, CBD has little binding effects, if at all, on CB1 receptors. It needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptors, which in turn helps reduce the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, like sedation and euphoria.
Similarly, hemp can produce some amount of THC along with CBD, so the test might turn out positive for THC despite not consuming it. Remember, the products that claim to be free from THC may not be completely THC-free. So, for drug tests, you should not use any THC or CBD products.
Medical benefits of CBD vs THC
The Cannabidiol drug named epidiolex was approved to treat two severe, rare forms of epilepsy named Lennox-gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. It is illegal to use or prescribe marijuana under medical advice in states that do not allow it. There is no federal law that allows using it illegally.
CBD can help with conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, psychosis or mental disorders, nausea, anxiety, migraine, and depression. Epidiolex is approved for the conditions above.
Although there is no data to prove that using cannabis can cause psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, THC causes temporary side effects such as dry mouth, coordination problems, increased heart rate, red eyes, memory loss, slower reaction times, anxiety, and memory loss.
The list of conditions CBD may help with is ever-expanding. More research is needed to better understand the efficacy and range of CBD’s benefits, but it’s popularly used to manage the following symptoms and conditions:
A high-CBD strain would also be a great choice for someone needing to medicate throughout the day to control pain, inflammation, anxiety, or other chronic conditions.
CBD vs. THC: legality
CBD strains can be consumed just as you would THC strains. You can smoke or vaporize CBD-rich flower, eat a CBD-infused edible, swallow a CBD oil capsule, apply a CBD lotion, or use a CBD tincture sublingually. Hemp products also contain CBD, though it is a less efficient source and lacks the beneficial chemical diversity of cannabis-derived CBD products (more on that here).
One of the earliest success stories involves a young girl named Charlotte who was given an ingestible oil derived from Charlotte’s Web , a CBD strain that was specifically developed to provide her with all the benefits of the drug without the high.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of CBD, check out our CBD Guide.