Cannabidiol (CBD) has become very popular recently. Despite the spike in popularity, there has been some confusion on the difference between CBD and the other well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Phytocannabinoids Interacting with the Endocannabinoid System
CBD and THC are both phytocannabinoids and interact with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). THC mainly reacts with the CB1 receptors, which are largely designated to the brain and nervous system. This activation causes the “high” that is associated with THC. CBD does not bind to CB1 receptors, but rather to CB2 receptors – found throughout the body. Therefore, CBD does not cause a high, but it does interact with endocannabinoids all over the body.
CBD and THC Found in Hemp & Marijuana
THC and CBD are both found in hemp and marijuana plants. However, they are found in different quantities of the two cannabis plants. THC is more potent in marijuana plants than in hemp plants; this is the opposite with CBD, where it is more plentiful in hemp than in marijuana.
THC Can Be Found in CBD Products
Products derived from industrial hemp, such as the products we sell, are legal because the level of THC is always 0.3% or less. Hemp and hemp-derivatives were made federally legalize in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Many of our products do contain THC, but never more than 0.3%. These products are full-spectrum, as they contain all the available cannabinoids from the hemp plant. It is also possible to buy hemp-extracted products that contain no THC but include all the other cannabinoids. These products are called broad-spectrum and are also available to purchase from us.
Both full and broad-spectrum products are great options that encourage an entourage effect in the endocannabinoid system.
THC and CBD are very different because of these critical details. Healthy Hemp sells federally legal hemp products, containing the two very different cannabinoids – THC and CBD.