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THC vs CBD: What's the Difference?

THC vs CBD: What's the Difference?

Cannabis is one of the most ancient plants known to mankind, but we're just barely scratching the surface of this complex plant. While there are hundreds of compounds found in the plant, close relatives THC and CBD get most of the attention. 

One of the biggest misconceptions is that CBD and THC are both intoxicating, psychoactive, and give you that "high" feeling. Another misconception is that since you don't "feel" anything from CBD, it doesn't work or isn't doing anything. 

Both THC and CBD interact with our body's Endocannabinoid System, producing a variety of effects and potential benefits. The molecules are almost identical, so both produce very similar benefits, but have a few crucial differences. 

Let's break them both down. 


  • THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol and is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 
  • THC is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, is federally prohibited and regulated by the DEA. State by state laws vary. 
  • THC produces the intoxicating feeling of being "high" when you consume it.
  • THC products can only be purchased in a licensed retail shop called a dispensary.


  • CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is also one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 
  • Industrial Hemp - the cannabis Sativa L. plant that contains  .3% or less of THC - was removed from the list of Schedule 1 drugs and is federally legal. CBD is regulated by the USDA and the FDA. State by state laws vary.
  • CBD does not produce the intoxicating "high" effects that THC dominant products do. 
  • CBD products can be purchased online, in retail stores, and other non-cannabis related businesses.