With the recent rise in demand for greener and more natural solutions, traditional plant-based remedies are becoming increasingly popular. Especially when coupled with the latest regulatory changes within the UK, this has opened the door to a variety of products, based on previously prohibited sources. One such product is Cannabidiol (or CBD for short), extracted from cannabis or hemp. And while cannabis still remains an illegal drug to consume, the CBD, which can be extracted from it, is not only safe, but also completely legal. In this article, we’ll go over the main differences between CBD and THC in an attempt to shed some light on the matter.
First and foremost
Before we begin, let’s get one thing out of the way – CBD and THC are two vastly different compounds. There is a huge difference between consuming CBD and THC, both in legal terms and in the ways they affect our bodies. Within the UK, CBD products are required to contain no more than 0.2% THC.
What scientists have to say on the matter:
According to scientific studies the psychoactive effect (high) of marijuana should be primarily attributed to its THC content, with CBD carrying no such downsides. And even though conclusive evidence about whether or not the CBD can reduce the cognitive impact of THC is still lacking, scientists agree that CBD on its own does not cause the negative effects, largely associated with cannabis.
A brief history of CBD in the UK
Being a by-product of an illegal substance, CBD was only available by prescription to patients with specific health conditions up until 2017. As a matter of fact, all products, containing cannabidiol were required to pass a “check-up” by the MHRA (UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and prove their medicinal properties before being approved.
Due to recent changes, however, cannabis oil (CBD) has been made legal to possess, sell and buy within the UK, as long as it doesn’t contain any more than 0.2% THC and is not advertised as a medicine.
Naturally, this resulted in a huge spike of consumer interest, leading CBD products to be classified as “foodsupplements".
What is THC and why you want to stay away from it
The acronym THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol – an illegal psychoactive compound, found within the cannabis plant. Consumption of THC temporarily alters a number of brain functions, resulting in mood and perception changes, along with impacting behavioural patterns.
The Short-Term effects of THC on humans can include:
- Altered senses of sight, smell, and hearing
- Reduced aggression
What is CBD oil
Cannabidiol (usually shortened to CBD oil) is one of the many chemical compounds that make up the marijuana plant. Discovered all the way back in the 1940s’, CBD is a phytocannabinoid which accounts for roughly 40% of the extract of a cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart - THC, CBD carries none of cannabis’ adverse effects. According to researchers, CBD oil can potentially counteract the effects of THC and aid an individuals well-being.