As THC is known for giving a ‘high,’ it is generally recommended to people who want to take their mind off their pain while also experiencing relief. Meanwhile, CBD is recommended to those whose pain is primarily caused by inflammation and those who want to continue their day with regular mental function.
Hemp and hemp-derived products are legal to produce, sell, and consume throughout all 50 states. These products must be derived from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3 percent THC. That being said, states can still decide if they want to allow the sale and production of hemp-based products.
Because CBD is a non-intoxicating component from industrial hemp, which legally must have less than 0.3 percent of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there’s no “high” or euphoric effect as a result of using hemp-derived CBD.
If a CBD product contains several naturally occurring cannabis plant extracts, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids (including up to 0.3% THC), it is full spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD also contains several cannabis plant compounds, but it is typically entirely free of THC.
Both CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are members of the chemical family called cannabinoids, and they are the two most common chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant. THC produces psychoactive effects by binding to the naturally occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside of the central nervous system and, as a result, does not produce intoxicating effects.
Even though CBD isolate and broad-spectrum products are “THC-free,” there’s always a slight chance they may contain trace amounts of THC. In rare cases, this may result in a positive drug test. If you’re concerned about this, you may want to avoid CBD products altogether.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia. Researchers suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain.
The term “THC free” is to technically say there is no “quantifiable” or “detectable” amount of THC in the product—it does not mean there is absolutely 0% THC.
CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits. They can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC. Some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect.
Trace amounts of THC may be found in hemp products. Hemp contains 0.3% or less THC, and these levels are present when cannabinoids are extracted to make hemp products. This extract, often called a full spectrum hemp extract, contains all cannabinoids, terpenes,flavonoids, and other compounds found in hemp, including 0.3% THC or less.