The first question that comes to the minds of all those who have been prescribed CBD for their pain is ‘does CBD make you high?’ It is quite natural to think this way. However, the answer to the question is ‘No’. Let us discuss the difference between CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Based On Their Chemical Structure
In the light of their chemical composition, there is no major difference between THC and CBD. However, the difference lies in the way in which the atoms are arranged. This is the main reason behind the difference in the reactions each of these has on the human body. It is surprising how two components having the exact number of molecules be so different.
Based On Psychoactive Components
There is indeed similarity in the chemical structures of both; however, they do not share that similarity in the case of their psychoactive effects. To be more specific, CBD is non-psychoactive and thus doesn’t give its users a ‘high’. On the contrary, THC is psychoactive and the users feel ‘high’ when consumed.
Based On Legality
Only in a few states, CBD has been made legal because of its therapeutic uses. Also, fewer states have legalized the use of THC because of its psychoactive property.
Based On The Medical Benefits
The medical benefits offered by CBD are that it reduces the symptoms and treats medical conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, anxiety, inflammation, mental disorders, nausea, and depression. On the other hand, THC is used to treat conditions such as pain, glaucoma, low appetite, anxiety, muscle spasticity, insomnia, and nausea.
Based On Side Effects
When consumed, the human body has proved to tolerate CBD well. So there are no recorded side effects of CBD. THC, on the contrary, comes with a range of side effects such as a rise in heart rate, dry mouth, reduced reaction time, coordination issues, red eyes, and memory loss. It has to be noted that neither CBD nor THC is fatal.
When consumed, the human body has a tendency to store cannabinoids in its fat; cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Therefore, it does show up in the drug tests for several weeks. It is advised to check whether the state you are traveling to has legalized the use of this drug before traveling, or you might just end up behind the bars for owning an illegal drug.