2018 looked like quite a good year for the cannabis industry but 2019 is even better. There have been more movements to legalize marijuana. Maybe, just maybe this is the year that they legalize weed. Before then its good to understand the basics, whats the difference between THC and CBD?
What you need to know about cannabis
Cannabis is a plant and is made up of over 40 compounds. However, two of the compounds easily stand out from the rest given its abundance. These compounds are CBD and THC.
The Difference between THC and CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound responsible for the stoned feeling whenever you smoke weed. CBD on the other hand is a compound abundant in cannabis but doesn’t make you feel high. It is sold in form of CBD oil.
Under the Cannabis Sativa family there are two species hemp and marijuana. The two look relatively the same but differ when it comes to the main compounds making it. The source of THC is marijuana while CBD is derived from hemp.
2. Chemical structure
CBD and THC have the same molecular structure. The only difference is in the atomic arrangement. THC has free atoms to ensure that it interacts with the endocannabinoids system in the body to make you high.
3. Psychoactive property
The sole component responsible for making people feel stoned is THC. CBD on the other hand doesn’t make you feel stoned. In fact, it counteracts the effects of THC in the brain.
4. legal stature
THC is illegal in most countries including the USA. Despite the fact that some states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana to the federal government it is still legal. CBD on the other hand is legal in many countries and is even sold in local shops. However, the CBD sold has to be pure.
Will there be a time when weed will be legalized worldwide just like alcohol and cigarette? I don’t know, we have to wait and see.