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Since the federal legalization of hemp derived CBD took effect in 2018 the media has been covering the topic with great interest.
Though the media coverage has certainly helped bring a wider audience to the industry, it has also created some confusion as to the difference between CBD and THC.
We will try to crush some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that people have regarding the differences between CBD vs. THC.
THC and CBD: An Overview
Though both compounds come from the same family of plants they do have some large and important differences.
Starting with CBD, we will look at the differences between the two cannabinoids, the effects they have and how they are most commonly consumed.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol (ca-nuh-bi-dye-ol), is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis plant has many nicknames, such as marijuana and hemp.
What separates hemp from cannabis is really just the concentration of THC in the plant. Where any cannabis plant with .3% or less THC is considered a hemp plant.
Cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis plant.
Today, we know that CBD has many interesting effects on the human (and animal) mind and body but for most of history, growers have been trying to grow cannabis plants with as-low-as-possible levels of CBD.
This was because breeders wanted to cultivate cannabis plants with as-high-as-possible THC percentage in order to give a stronger psychoactive effect.
Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects at all but is actually known to balance out the effects of THC.
Charlotte Figi (2006 – 2020) — Her heroic battle helped push CBD into the mainstream
Why is CBD so popular?
CBD isn’t a new invention but has actually been around for over 80 years.
It was first discovered in the early 1940’s by Harvard chemist Roger Adams who extracted the compound by accident when doing research on the cannabis plant. Since then, it has been included in medical studies dating back to the 1960’s with the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System in 80’s.
In the early 2000’s CBD got a large upswing and gained media attention when a young girl named Charlotte Figi, who suffered from a severe case of Dravet syndrome found relief in alternative treatment with a high percentage CBD cannabis strain.
The story got much attention worldwide and sparked a whole new debate regarding the legalization of the cannabis plant.
In 2018 the US farm bill completely legalized the production, harvest and sale of all hemp derived CBD products with total Δ9 THC equal to or below 0.3%.
Roger Adams — Discovered CBD in the early 40’s
Methods of consumption
Today you can find CBD products in a large variety of consumption types. The products vary from regular oral consumption products to skin and beauty products that are applied topically.
At GetEvoke we focus on a line of CBD products that help you achieve peak athletic performance, recovery and relaxation.
Popular CBD products include;
Tinctures are sublingual drops of concentrated CBD oil which are consumed with a little pipette attached to the lid of the bottle. Blood vessels under your tongue absorb the oil and transfers it into the bloodstream. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes to take effect.
How to drop tinctures
Charge the dropper with the oil and place a couple of drops under your tongue. Leave the drops under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. Avoid contact between the dropper and your mouth or tongue in order to preserve the tincture’s quality.
Our 30ml tinctures are designed to be consumed in either 30 servings of 1ml, or 60 servings of 0.5ml.
Topicals is the category-word for transdermal (through the skin) CBD products that usually come in the form of creams, lotions, and gels.
Applying CBD directly to the skin where you want the effect to be felt is an easy and effective way to speed up post-workout recovery and hemp you stay active throughout the day.
GetEvoke offers two high powered topicals that help you stay moving 7 days a week.
Our THC-free warming botanical salve is an all-natural formulation of premium botanical ingredients, fortified with 500mg of pure CBD to offer a superior, holistic experience.
Expertly formulated with traditional ayurvedic ingredients, this warming salve offers improved bioavailability of ingredients and encourages optimal healing by stimulating local blood flow and vascularity
Cooling Gel Roller
A soothing freeze gel that combines a highly natural, deep penetrating, cold therapy relief gel formulation, with 350mg of pure CBD.
Conveniently available as a roll-on, it’s the perfect CBD solution to accompany you as you dive into your fitness or wellness routine.
Softgels or Gel Capsules are small, easy to swallow, oil capsules that come pre-dosed for easy consumption.
Pre-dosed softgels are a great place to start if you are new to CBD. Just take one capsule per day with a glass of water and give the capsules 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.
Avoid swallowing with milk, juice, or any kind of soda.
Try our our true full spectrum softgels capsules for a natural formulation, crafted for maximum bioavailability. They are designed to support the stresses and strains of an active lifestyle and are really easy to use for people who are always on-the-go.
What is THC?
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol (teh-truh-hai-drow-ka-nuh-buh-nol) is another chemical compound found abundantly in the cannabis plant. THC is naturally psychoactive; it stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine and create a sensation of euphoria, making it a very popular recreational drug.
THC products are largely legal on a medical level but remain illegal for recreational use in large parts of the US (see individual state laws here).
Legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use is becoming more and more common in the US as well as the rest of the world.
Since tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are both derived from the same plant, they do have many similarities.
However, there are some key differences…
The main difference being that THC and CBD react with different receptors in the brain. THC reacts in a way that makes psychoactive and CBD does not.
So when you ask — “Does CBD get you high?”, the simple answer is no…
Effects of THC
The effects of THC differs from person-to-person and strain-to-strain.
See this guide to cannabis strains for more information.
Generally speaking, THC products give the consumer a sense of relaxation and mellowness. For some people, and in some instances, these feelings can turn into spells of laughter (the giggles) and increased social comfort and extroversion (you get extra chatty).
For others, and in rare cases the effects may turn into social paranoia and nervous jitters.
It’s important to understand that people in the Western world are not as experienced with THC as we are with other drugs (like alcohol). This tends to make us less skilled in navigating the sensations that being “high” might stir up.
Our advice is to start off slow and try different strains of cannabis to find what works best for you.
See our resource page for more information about THC.