What is the difference between CBD and THC?

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Oh, the confusion…Yes, so many names like Hemp, Cannabis, THC, CBD, CBG…

All of them doesn’t tell a lot for people who don’t know much about cannabinoids. In Europe and the United Kingdom, many still shake all these words under one umbrella - Narcotics. 

By narcotics, they mostly mean that it should be illegal as it causes issues to health and is in general bad. But is it really true? Step by step we will find this out.


What is THC

A natural compound, formerly called tetrahydrocannabinol can be found in the Cannabis plant. This is probably the main cannabinoid that made cannabis so popular for recreational purposes. THC causes the “High” sensation, but it also has many other benefits. This cannabinoid is chemically similar to our own endocannabinoids produced in our bodies. This means that THC can actually affect many bodily functions.


THC Benefits

Many people truly think that cannabis has only a bad reputation and it shouldn’t be used as a natural remedy. However, tetrahydrocannabinol has many benefits like antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Bronchodilator, Anticonvulsant, Muscle relaxant, even has potential anti-tumour properties and can actually help to improve your health in many ways. It is mostly used for:

  • pain
  • muscle spasticity
  • glaucoma
  • insomnia
  • low appetite
  • nausea
  • anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Epilepsy


THC Side Effects

This cannabinoid can offer many benefits, but it also comes with some side effects. If dosed right, THC will not cause any major side effects. On the other hand, some people can be very sensitive to THC and even a small dose can cause some serious issues. Here are the most common THC side effects:

  • feeling wheezy or out of breath
  • developing an uncomfortable or painful cough
  • making symptoms of asthma worse in people with asthma
  • reduced ability to drive or operate machinery safely
  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • memory loss
  • anxiety

Some of the negative effects appear only if cannabis is used regularly for a long period of time. There is a risk of getting addicted to THC. Also, if the main source of THC is from smoking cannabis with Tabasco, there is a chance to get addicted to nicotine too. 

Smoking cannabis plant flower is the most popular way to get THC. Still, there are many safer ways to get THC instead of smoking it. The most popular products with THC are:

  • Cannabis concentrates
  • Edibles
  • Beverages
  • Tinctures


Is THC Legal?

If you get a prescription from your doctor, you can use THC in the UK, unfortunately, it is still illegal for recreational purposes and is classified as a Class B drug. 

THC for medical purposes is legal in most EU countries, however, fewer of them have decriminalised cannabis. In some EU countries, even medicinal use of THC is fully illegal. 

The US on the other hand has over 15 states which fully legalised Cannabis. This is a piece of great news as it’s unnecessary to have a doctors prescription to enjoy the benefits that THC can provide. Also, the wide choice of products can suit everyone's tastes and requirements. 

However, there are still 5 states where THC in any form is illegal. Laws are changing frequently, so people do have hopes that at least medical use of Cannabis will be soon legalised. 

If you couldn’t find more information if THC is legal in your country, you can always check your government’s website for all the necessary details.


What is CBD

Also one of the cannabinoids found in the Hemp or Cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is different from THC as it doesn’t cause that “high” feeling and is not addictive. Same as THC, CBD binds to our endocannabinoid system, therefore helps to regulate many bodily functions like sleep or appetite. CBD by now is a well-known cannabinoid due to its properties and not having any serious side effects. 


CBD Benefits

Cannabidiol has many benefits and it has shown its ability to help relieve or even eliminate many symptoms. Unfortunately, people still think that CBD is the same as THC and will cause that “high” feeling or dependency. However, CBD can offer many the same benefits as THC just without any psychoactive properties. To be honest, CBD can even enhance your thinking and help you cope better at your studies or work. Some of the conditions that Hemp oil is mostly used for:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Acne
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Alcohol Use Disorder 
  • Pain
  • Cancer

The list would be going and going as it was found that CBD may be a great help for more than 500 different conditions and diseases. This is really fascinating as unlike over the counter medication, CBD doesn’t harm your body in any way. Only natural benefits for your body and mind. 

Another benefit is that if CBD is sourced from a reputable shop, the price for high quality product shouldn’t bite your pocket. Big companies usually have very high prices as they need to pay a lot of money for marketing. VerusHemp always offers the highest quality CBD hemp oil products for great prices. 


CBD Side Effects

CBD is a relatively safe cannabinoid. It doesn’t have as many side effects as THC and most of them are seen only when someone takes a much higher dose than was recommended in the first place. As we have mentioned before, there is no risk of dependency or any psychoactive properties, so no risk of feeling that “high” feeling. Therefore, CBD is very appreciated by people who work in a place where they are constantly checked by drug tests. As THC is caught right away, CBD (if with 0% of THC), will not be shown on any drug test. 

Here is the list of CBD side effects: 

  • Interacts with some medication
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Diarrhea 

If you’re using any kind of medication and want to start using CBD oil, always talk with your doctor about it beforehand. Hemp oil can interact and stop some of the medication from working. This is really important to know, so you could avoid any troubles. 

Cannabidiol can also reduce appetite, so if you’re suffering from any condition where you need to gain weight, be careful and discuss it with your practitioner. They usually know you well and can suggest great alternatives or advise with the right dosage.


Is CBD Legal?

CBD oil UK is not sold for medicinal use. It is legal to sell it as a food supplement if used orally. It can also be sold as a cosmetic product if applied topically. THC is illegal here, so the maximum limit that is legal in the UK is 1mg per package. It doesn’t matter how big is the package, but it can’t have more than 1mg of THC in it. 

CBD is already legal in many EU countries. That is great for people who suffer from many conditions and want to use Hemp oil to help relieve some of the symptoms or simply boost their immune system. However, don’t forget to frequently check all the updates if you’re going to any of the EU countries for holidays or work as these regulations are often updated. 

Cannabidiol is legal in most of the US. However, there are still a couple of states where even medicinal use of CBD hemp oil is illegal and will be prosecuted. This saddens many people who sometimes need to move to a different state in order to use the benefits of this great cannabinoid.



Hopefully, you got some clearance between these two cannabinoids and how they can improve your daily life. You could get even more benefits if small amounts of THC would be legal in the UK and EU. THC+CBD oils work really well in relieving pain and helping in many other conditions and it's unfortunate that people still can’t use all the advantages that come right from nature itself. 

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