CBD vs. THC and the Rest: Making Sense of the Options
CBD is rapidly gaining popularity on an international scale, but there is still plenty of confusion about what CBD is and how it compares to other cannabinoids.
Here is a quick overview of how CBD differs from some of these other substances.
CBD vs. THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is, alongside cannabidiol (CBD), one of the two main substances found in the marijuana plant. While both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, there are many key differences.
First and foremost is the fact that THC, unlike CBD, is psychoactive. This means it can get you high, which makes it obviously more appealing to recreational users. CBD’s non-psychoactive properties, meanwhile, make it particularly appealing in the world of medicine, as doctors want to limit the amount of side effects a patient will experience as much as possible.
THC in high doses can cause anxiety or paranoia, while CBD actually has the opposite effect, being used in many cases as a means of relieving people of their anxiety.
Many people use marijuana as a sleep aid, because THC has many sleep-inducing effects. However, CBD by itself actually works to promote alertness and provide the body with more natural energy, which is another reason why it is so appealing in the natural products sphere.
CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil
CBD oil also differs from hemp oil in that CBD oil comes from the aerial parts of the cannabis plant (whether it’s hemp or marijuana), whereas hemp oil typically refers to the oil pressed from the seed. Hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids, but is a rich source of linoleic acid (Omega 6). Hemp is often mistaken for marijuana, but it has much lower levels of THC (the legal definition of hemp is any part of the plant must fall below 0.3% THC). It is important to understanding the difference between these when seeking alternative therapies.
CBD Oil vs. MCT Oil
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a type of fatty acid that comes in medium-length chains. MCT oil is used for a wide variety of purposes, from weight management to better brain function. A common source of MCTs is coconut or palm kernel oil, as approximately two thirds of the fatty acids in it are MCTs.
MCT oil is a food-grade oil that acts as a great carrier for CBD or other cannabinoids as it can play a synergistic role with energy and brain function.