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June 3, 2019

What Is the Difference between CBD vs THC?

If you are someone who likes to remain updated on the latest health and wellness news, it’s likely you’ve heard a great deal of buzz about CBD recently. CBD is being studied by scientists and medical researchers looking at its effect on people. While more research needs to be completed, the results of CBD oil in humans looks promising.

As CBD is still relatively new, people are understandably curious about it. One common question is the difference between CBD vs THC. This association between CBD and THC is understandable because CBD and THC compounds both come from the cannabis sativa plant.


Main Difference Between CBD and THC

The main difference between CBD vs THC is that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not psychoactive.  Psychoactive refers to the "high" or "stoned" sensation or side effects some users of marijuana experience.  Users of CBD will not experience any psychoactive side effects as the CBD only has trace amounts of THC in the product.

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The Cannabis Plant has Multiple Strains Including Hemp and Marijuana

However, what most people are not aware of is that the cannabis has more than one species.  The two most common species of the cannabis sativa are Marijuana and Hemp.  Both of these species of Cannabis have oxygen atoms, carbon atoms and hydrogen atoms and based upon their ratios,their effects on the human body are different.

The cannabinoids CBD and THC are each found in both plants BUT the levels of THC and CBD vary from each other.  Marijuana has inherently high levels of THC and Hemp has considerably lower levels of THC so users of CBD or THC will experience very different side effects. CBD only has trace amounts of the THC compounds.

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What is the Cannabis Plant?

Cannabis is a type of flowering plant of which there are a variety of species.


Is the cannabis variety that CBD is most commonly sourced from. When you buy CBD vs THC, the CBD is likely originated from the Hemp plant.  Cannabis Hemp derived CBD has low levels of THC. Therefore, as long as the CBD you buy contains less than .3% THC, it is legal in the United States per the Farm Bill Act of 2018.  CBD THC may be illegal in some cities or municipalities even though Federal Law has made it level on a national level so check with your local jurisdiction.


Is the cannabis compund used and known to produce the psychoactive effects of feeling “stoned” that many users seek, because it contains extremely high levels of THC. Marijuana is still generally illegal in the United States except for a few states that have passed laws making medical and recreational use legal.

Many companies have business interest in Marijuana as it is believed to have health benefits. In fact in cancer treatment, many people are prescribed medical marijuana cannabis products to help with the side effects of chemotherapy.

A look into the variety of differences between these two cannabis plants can be very helpful in understanding the different ways they affect and interact with our bodies and receptor.

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What is THC?

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive ingredient present in marijuana in high levels which is known to create the psychoactive effects many know as a “high.”  The effects of THC cannabinoids vary by the amount you consume and the potency of the cannabis.

A Closer Look at the Differences between CBD and THC

THC Content

Both hemp and marijuana contain cannabinoids, of which cannabidiol (CBD) is one, and tetrahydrocannabinol (more commonly known as THC) is another. THC is the ingredient in marijuana primarily responsible for causing the feeling of being stoned or high that many users experience in addition to increased heart rate. Hemp is, stated simply, a variety of cannabis that contains significantly lower levels of THC compared with the Marijuana. Both varieties do contain CBD.

In contrast to the trace amounts of THC found in hemp products, marijuana content contains 5% to 20% THC cannabinoids on average which accounts for the psychoactive effects of THC. This is a significant difference, because it means that those who use cannabidiol CBD, can take it with the peace of mind knowing that it is non psychoactive.

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The Growing Process

Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are grown very differently and for very different purposes. Marijuana plants are ultimately grown to produce the flowering portion of the plant, which are the “buds” that are known to give people the feeling of being high when they use it. Marijuana plants can be grown both inside and outside for recreational or medical consumption.

By contrast, cannabis plants are typically male and do not produce any flowers during their life cycle, they are most often grown outside in large fields, and at first glance it almost appears as if it is a weed. During product development, growers seek to produce large bountiful yields and harvest the crops without any flowering for use in any number of helpful purposes.

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Hemp has been used for thousands and thousands of years for any number of purposes. In fact, some historians estimate that it was first discovered and used more than 10,000 years ago and was perhaps one of the first crops ever cultivated by mankind. Over the course of history, it has not only been used for food because of its nutrients, but it’s also been used to make rope, clothing, industrial materials, fuel, paper, plastic, and more. It is an extremely durable and renewable resource with benefits that are virtually unlimited.

In addition to hemp’s nutritional value, as noted, it also contains over a hundred cannabinoids – a primary one being CBD. Those cannabinoids are extracted from the plant and refined into a CBD product that we can consume, or use topically.

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Due to their different composition and very different uses, hemp and marijuana, like CBD vs THC have been regulated very differently under the law. At one time, under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, hemp was previously regulated as an illegal substance. However, under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as “The Farm Bill Act of 2018,” hemp was officially federally legalized along with any related compounds or products that contain no more than .3% THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, while legalized in a number of states, is still considered federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

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How They Function in the Body

Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the cannabinoid receptors found in our bodies.

The ECS System

The ECS is responsible for maintaining balance or homeostasis. This means that CBD may assist with the regulation of some important functions like metabolism, temperature, inflammation, secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters, and other important processes offering numerous health benefits. The ECS does this through a number of cannabinoid receptors with which CBD cannabinoids interact.

While THC and CBD both interact with these receptors to produce their relative effects, they do so in very different ways. CBD vs THC, has no psychoactive effects. Ultimately, those interested in using hemp derived CBD products, without wanting the psychoactive effects of marijuana for whatever personal reasons, including lack of health information associated with THC, can take CBD with peace of mind. 

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Will I get High From CBD or Fail a Drug Test?

The bottom line is that you will not get “high” from CBD, and if you choose a “Broad Spectrum” CBD brand like Palm Organix™, you will not fail a drug test screening for THC.  Why is this you may ask? The answer is that in a Broad Spectrum CBD product, the THC content is intentionally removed so users of Broad Spectrum CBD products will get all the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant minus THC.  At Palm Organix™, our lab testing shows our THC Free products to be (0.0%)


How Can I be Sure I Won't Fail a THC Drug Test From Taking CBD?

If your goal is to experience the health and wellness benefits of Cannabis but not fail a drug test for any number of reasons from the THC compounds including military position, government job, professional athlete, etc., it is recommended to purchase a Broad Spectrum CBD product.  It is important to choose a reputable Broad Spectrum CBD company that Lab Tests their product to ensure all the THC is removed.  If you are consuming medical marijuana, it is very likely you will fail a drug test screening for THC.

Palm Organix™ Lab Tests

Palm Organix™ entire line of premium CBD products are backed by Certificates of Quality Assurance and Third Party Lab Testing. Our quality control standards ensures the beneficial effects of CBD. When buying CBD oil, it is imperative that you only buy your CBD oil from a reputable supplier who tests their CBD product and more importantly, third party tests their CBD products.


Palm Organix™ CBD is THC Free (0.0%)

Our CBD testing and data clearly show that our entire line of CBD products is THC Free (0.0%).  All of our Lab reports are available online right on our product pages. Additionally, you can access all results from the QR code found on the bottles label.  At Palm Organix™ that is our promise to you; Honest Trusted Quality CBD products at affordable prices.


We hope we have cleared up the confusion surrounding CBD and THC.  CBD compared to THC, what's the difference, well now you know. If you are looking strictly for a natural supplement to boost overall health and wellness, CBD may be just for you.

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