Why It’s Important to Know the Difference Between CBD and THC

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on table

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on tableSince its widespread legalization, the rapidly growing industry of hemp and other cannabis products has raised continuous questions among consumers who plan on visiting a cannabis dispensary. As the market grows and expands, it is important to become educated, as there is still some confusion on the difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, what they do, how they are used, how they are legally different, and what potential benefits they may have. 

CBD and THC are two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus. CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis, both of which come from the Cannabis sativa plant. In order to be recognized as federally legal, hemp must contain 0.3% of THC or less. CBD is non-intoxicating. It works naturally with our bodies by binding to receptors in our endocannabinoid system. Popular CBD products are sold in the forms of topicals, gummies, oils, extracts, flowers, and more. 

Gummies, such as the pomegranate gummies manufactured by From the Earth, are easy, chewable gummy tablets and can be used to provide relief for anxiety, depression, and pain.

Other products, such as the ReLeaf Balm, are a topical balm that can be applied to sore or overworked muscles and is great for providing relief from inflammation and stiffness.

The main psychoactive compound in cannabis is THC, which is responsible for producing the ‘high’ sensation when you consume cannabis. Our bodies absorb THC & CBD whether it is smoke, eaten, or applied as a topical to our skin. Cannabis legalization has opened the door to a growing list of products including oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, topicals, drinks, and more.

At From the Earth, you can buy a variety of THC products Nighttime Tablets are a sleep aid that can help provide a good night’s rest without the groggy, hangover feeling that some over-the-counter meds can cause. 

While THC and CBD, have a few things in common, they also have some staunch differences and knowing those are essential to being a responsible consumer. 

 

CBD vs. THC: The Chemical Makeup

Though CBD and THC differ in many ways, at their core, they have the same chemical structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.  slightly adjusting how these atoms are arranged has varying effects on the body. 

Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which are molecules that help our internal functions run smoothly. Our endocannabinoid system is the bridge between body and mind, it’s what keeps our bodies in homeostasis. CBD and THC have very similar chemical makeups to our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, allowing them to interact with our cannabinoid receptors. When this interaction occurs, it triggers the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals responsible for sending messages between cells, and also have an effect on pain reception, immune function, sleep, stress, and more. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Psychoactive Factors

Even though they share a similar chemical structure, both CBD and THC have very different psychoactive effects. CBD is classified as psychoactive, meaning  CBD is proven to help with issues like anxiety, depression, and seizures but it doesn’t produce the same ‘high’ experience that THC does.

In order to produce a high, the THC consumed will bind the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. However, CBD forms a very weak bond, if one ever forms at all, to these receptors. Without THC, unwanted psychoactive effects such as sedation or euphoria won’t happen. So in other words, without this bond, there is no high. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Legal Issues 

As the current situation in the United States stands, the legality of cannabis-related products is constantly changing and shifting.  36 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis at varying degrees for adult and medicinal use. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp-derived CBD, this means it cannot contain more than .3% THC. Although this bill does legalize hemp-derived CBD, any CBD that was derived from a cannabis plant is still deemed illegal under federal law. 

Before purchasing any CBD products, it is important to educate yourself on your state’s laws. Should you possess cannabis-related products when they’re illegal, you could face criminal or legal repercussions. 

Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia have ruled medical cannabis with high levels of THC legal when prescribed by a licensed physician. Some states have taken it a step further and passed laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. To read up on the legality of these products as well as a cannabis dispensary in your state, check out this resource.

Tincture bottle and cannabis plant with THC and CBD molecules written overtop

 

CBD vs.THC: Potential Benefits

Due in part to their similar chemical makeup, CBD and THC share similar medical benefits as well. Some of the various health conditions CBD helps with are listed below.

 

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Psychosis or mental disorders 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nausea
  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 

In turn, THC helps with the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Muscle Spasticity 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety 

As indicated by their lists, they help aid with many overlapping medical conditions. However, CBD doesn’t have the aftereffect of getting high.

 

CBD vs THC: Side Effects

The consumption of any sort of chemical has a side effect. THC and CBD are no different in this regard. However, what exactly these effects entail do vary between the two. CBD is well tolerated, even when used in high dosages. 

Potential side effects of THC:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia 

CBD side effects may include:

  • appetite changes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • Diarrhea

These side-effects are a direct result of the compound’s psychoactive properties. And while neither compound is fatal, excessive use of THC may have a connection to long-term psychiatric effects, especially in teens who consume the product in high amounts. 

 

Conclusion

Overall, THC and CBD infused products have designated medical benefits and are considered safe to use. But as with any drug, over-the-counter, or prescription, your medical history, and current medications should be taken into consideration prior to use. This is an important factor to ensure that you are using cannabis-based products as safely and effectively as possible. Before use, consult your doctor or physician to make sure you are using the correct and legal products.

 

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

Walking down the beauty aisles at any retail store you will start to notice CBD taking over the shelves. Thanks to the loosed regulations in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil, so long as it is extracted from an industrial hemp-based plant, labeled correctly, and has lower than 0.3 percent THC, is legal to use. 

 

One of the most asked questions about CBD beauty products, or anything containing CBD in general, is “will it get me high?” The answer is no. Because these products are to have lower than 0.3 percent THC, you cannot get high from CBD infused products. THC is the cannabinoid that, in high percentages, will produce euphoric properties and creates a head high. CBD, the other main cannabinoid, has more health benefits and calming effects.

 

Thanks to the loosened laws and the latest scientific studies coming out about CBD and how it can offer many health benefits, CBD is here for beauty, and you should be too. 

Woman smelling Papa & Barkley calming balm at From The Earth

Everyone is on the CBD Beauty Product Train

 

Many celebrities have fallen in love with CBD beauty products. The beautiful and funny Melissa McCarthy applied CBD oil to her feet while getting ready for the 2019 Oscars. Not only to alleviate some of the stressfulness that comes with preparing for the Oscars, but also to remove any discomfort from her feet from the heels she wore that night. 

 

McCarthy is not the only celeb rocking CBD beauty products on the red carpet. Other superstar celebrities like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mandy Moore, and Michelle Williams have also used CBD products on their feet, calves and ankles to help ease the pain of wearing heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Even the Oscar afterparty included some CBD beauty products for everyone to enjoy. From curated CBD goodies to a vape lounge, cannabis made a statement at the Oscars. 

 

Why Buy Beauty Products with CBD?

 

CBD has many benefits to our skin and body. It contains many vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids and anti-inflammation properties. These fatty acids are also found naturally in our bodies, which makes using CBD beauty products even more efficient. 

 

The anti-inflammation properties CBD beauty products provide can help our skin in many different ways. From helping to heal dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and it even fights against signs of aging and acne. This is one reason why some of the most popular CBD beauty products are lotions, creams, and serums. 

 

These body lotions and creams are also great for massages, whether that be after a hard workout or for pleasure. The CBD properties target the area in which you applied the cream to and help to ease and relax the muscles quickly. Topicals are the perfect form of CBD beauty product that you can easily add into your daily skincare routine. Plus, you can use it as much or as little as you want throughout the day with no major side effects. 

What Types of CBD Beauty Products are there?

 

When it comes to beauty products in general, there are tons of things out there for you to try and get your hands on. The same can be said for CBD beauty products. If there’s a beauty product, there’s likely a version of that product that contains CBD. 

 

As mentioned before, some of the most popular items are lotions and creams. You can find many of these CBD beauty products at retail stores or even your local dispensaries. You might even catch yourself picking up a few other things to help you wind down while using some of your new CBD beauty products. Some popular brands include Papa & Barkley, Vertly, Kush Queen, and Care by Design.

 

Papa & Barkley have a variety of different versions of their CBD relief product. You can choose to get a balm or lotion, or even drops (tincture), capsules, or oils. Their 1:1 Repair Cream is specifically designed to help with sensitive areas like your face and neck. It also uses the whole plant profile to provide a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Papa & Barkley 1:1 Repair Cream uses natural ingredients to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.

 

If you are looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long day, try a Kush Queen bath bomb. They describe their bath bombs as using “organic essential oils and cannabinoids to create effect-specific full-body experiences.” 

 

Vertly is another popular CBD beauty product brand that offers many things like face serums, bath salts, relief lotion, and even lip butter. Their lip butter includes full spectrum Hemp Extracts to help “you feel great knowing you’re absorbing a little bit of Hemp Extract with every swipe of Vertly on your lips.”

 

Are you someone who has uncomfortable dry skin? Cannuka CBD Healing Skin Balm might be the wonder balm you have been looking for. Cannuka’s blend of Manuka honey, CBD, and other natural ingredients create a calming and moisturizing protective layer for your skin. Add it in as part of your nightly routine or whenever you feel your skin is needing a little extra moisture. Cannuka also has other skincare products you can use alongside its healing balm that all contain CBD. From the Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm to the Cannuka Harmonizing Face Cream, you can have your entire skincare routine include CBD for an overall calming feeling. While CBD beauty products are great for their calming effects, as we have discussed, they also include many other benefits for our skin. CBD is great for reducing inflammation which can cause dry skin, acne, and wrinkles. 

 

The next time you are shopping for new skincare products, want to try to heal your skin, or are just looking for a nice lotion for a calming nightly skincare routine, consider a product that contains CBD. 

 

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