CBD products come in a wide variety, from tinctures and salves to capsules and gummies. But if you’re curious about the health benefits of this substance or medical marijuana in general, you might be confused about the differences between CBD vs. THC.
Both of these compounds are mentioned with cannabis, but they’re very different. While some users might prefer CBD over THC, we’re not here to debate. At 420sixty care deeply about our customers and cannabis culture in Canada on both sides of the THC vs. CBD equation.
We believe in the value of education to help grow a shared passion for cannabis with our customers. That means clearing the fog around some of the terms that get thrown around without much explanation.
So instead of weighing CBD vs. THC against each other, let’s learn more about each of them first.
What are Cannabinoids?
Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring compounds in cannabis plants, or Cannabis sativa. According to News Medical, one of the world’s leading open-access medical hubs since 2004, cannabis has at least 66 cannabinoids, and there are potentially many more just waiting to be found!
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, while CBD, or cannabidiol, comes second. They’re both essential components of medical marijuana.
What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?
CBD comes from the hemp plant, a variety of cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. Because the THC content is so low, hemp won’t get you high- even if you smoke it.
Hemp is one of the strongest natural fibres in the world, and manufacturers make a lot of commercial and industrial products using hemp, including clothing, textiles, rope, paper, food, and even biofuel.
THC, on the other hand, has psychoactive properties, which causes the altered state of mind that most people associate with smoking weed.
To keep the two straight, always remember the main factor that distinguishes them:
THC gets you high. CBD does not.
CBD vs. THC: Which is Legal?
Both THC and CBD are legal under Canadian law, although different provinces or territories might have their own restrictions.
The Cannabis Act states that adults 18 or older can legally possess up to 30 g of cannabis (dried or fresh) in public. At 420sixty, we deliver to any Canadian who is at least 19.
You can’t smoke anywhere you want, but Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia allow people to smoke cannabis wherever they can smoke cigarettes. Other places, like Halifax, have official Designated Smoking Areas.
Is CBD the Same Thing as Medical Marijuana?
No, but CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana nonetheless.
Technically, medical marijuana is the same as recreational marijuana. The only difference is the purpose you’re taking it- medical vs. recreational use.
They contain different strengths of CBD, THC, or a combination of the two, so you can get discreet relief without the smell of weed smoke.
Benefits of CBD
Although the research into its benefits is ongoing, authorities such as Harvard Medical School note that CBD may be used to manage a variety of medical conditions and symptoms, including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Arthritis and inflammation
- Muscle tension
- Pediatric epilepsy conditions, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Opioid withdrawal
- Vomiting and nausea related to chemotherapy
CBD has shown some promise in treating skin conditions like eczema and is often added to nourishing moisturizers and topicals.
CBD also has many advantages for our pets as it can benefit them in much the same way it helps us because, much like us, our pets also have an endocannabinoid system that interacts with CBD in similar ways. That’s why there are so many great products with CBD for cats and dogs– just be careful to read the instructions and give them the right dose. Since we’re a lot bigger than our furry friends, a human-sized dose would probably be too much for your dog.
For cannabis consumers, a product with CBD or cannabidiol can lower some of the unpleasant potential side effects of THC.
So, are there any drawbacks to CBD? Research conducted by the World Health Organization associates no risks of dependence or substance abuse with CBD.
CBD does have some side effects, including fatigue, nausea, and irritability. Also, consult your doctor before using CBD if you’re on medication, as CBD can affect your response to some of them. For example, CBD can prolong the effects of blood thinners.
Other medical experts advise against smoking cannabis during pregnancy, as it’s been linked to lower infant birth weights.
Benefits of THC
While some people might say that getting high is THC’s greatest benefit, it has medical benefits, too. THC has been found effective in helping patients relieve the following:
- Loss of appetite
- muscle spasticity
For those seeking a high, we at 420sixty find that for most cannabis consumers, between 10 to 25 mg of THC is a good “euphoric zone.”
Many patients find that a combination of CBD and THC is the best way to relieve their symptoms or conditions.
Can I Buy CBD Without THC?
Absolutely. We sell a variety of CBD products that are THC-free.
For instance, our vegan CBDMove capsules contain only CBD isolate and coconut oil. These capsules are an effective CBD treatment option for anxiety, inflammation, and chronic pains. Select from dosages of 10 mg, 20 mg, or 50 mg.
We also have a wide selection of CBD edibles, such as CBDMove Gummies, which are infused with either 100 mg or 300 mg of CBD per pack, and come in tasty gummy flavours such as Mint Leaves, Sour Watermelon, and Vegan Peaches.
We’ve also got CBD tinctures, such as one from Cannalife Botanicals, available in 120 mg and 350 mg for $32 to $95.
For topical use, try HempRéal Rejuvenating Miracle Cream or Revitalizing Skin Cream, manufactured in Montreal. Their combination of CBD, hemp seed oil, collagen, elastin, vitamins, and other nourishing ingredients improves skin’s moisture levels and elasticity while diminishing signs of ageing.
Where Can I Buy Cannabidiol?
You can buy cannabidiol from an online dispensary such as XpressGrass, where our cannabis products have been lab-tested and personally.
At XpressGrass, all of our cannabis products at minimum test in the top 85th percentile, so you can be sure of buying safe, high-quality products—and at affordable prices.
We love being one of Canada’s best values for hooking up your buds. Our flat-rate shipping throughout Canada is $15, but we offer free shipping on orders of more than $150. Score 10% savings on your first order by setting up an account with us. Plus, when you refer a friend to XpressGrass, you’ll get $25 on us toward your next purchase.
If you have questions about CBD vs. THC or want recommendations from our knowledgeable staff, we’re glad to help. Just click on “Contact” and send us an email today.