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CBD vs. THC: What's the Difference?


CBD is a chemical compound naturally found in Cannabis Sativa, a plant species that includes both cannabis and hemp plants. (Think of Cannabis Sativa as a family and cannabis and hemp as sisters within that family.)


Cannabis is a plant that makes a thick substance full of compounds called cannabinoids. There are more than 100 of these chemicals in cannabis. They cause drug-like reactions in your body.

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products.

THC and CBD are in both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains much more THC than hemp, while hemp has a lot of CBD.

The primary difference between the two plants is that hemp contains higher amounts of CBD than THC (the main intoxicating psychoactive compound in cannabis). In comparison, cannabis plants have higher amounts of THC than CBD.

Chemical Structure

CBD and THC have the same chemical formula - 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The difference lies in the way the atoms are arranged. That gives CBD and THC different chemical properties, and they affect your body differently.

Both CBD and THC work with receptors that release neurotransmitters in your brain. They can affect things like pain, mood, sleep, and memory.


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