- Cannabis contains some amount of both CBD and THC, but the amount of each dictates whether the cannabis plant is classified as hemp or marijuana.
- Hemp is higher in CBD, while any cannabis that has a THC concentration of greater than 0.3% is classed as marijuana.
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CBD and THC are the two most common chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Although the plant contains more than 140 chemical compounds that are unique to cannabis, CBD and THC are most plentiful.
Their effects are responsible for the recreational and possible medicinal use of the cannabis plant, says Daniele Piomelli, PhD, director of the University of California Irvine’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, and professor of anatomy and neurobiology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology.
Although all cannabis contains some amount of both compounds, Piomelli says the amount of each dictates whether the cannabis plant is classified as hemp — legal in all 50 states — or marijuana. Marijuana is entirely illegal at the federal level, but legal for recreational use in 15 states and medical use in 35 states and Washington D.C.
The root of the distinction comes down to a simple fact, Piomelli says: “THC is intoxicating and produces the high, stoned feeling associated with marijuana [when consumed in toxic amounts]. CBD is not intoxicating. It’s not psychotropic. It doesn’t have any of the strong mental effects that THC has.”
When THC is consumed in a therapeutic amount, no such intoxicating effect, such as the high, stoned feeling is experienced. Learn more about the differences between CBD and THC, and the effects of each, below.
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