Let’s take a moment to look at THC vs CBD.

Although both compounds are found in the cannabis plant, they have very different effects on the body and mind.

What is Cannabis?

Although most people associate cannabis exclusively with marijuana, the plant that gets you high- this is not the full story of cannabis.

The cannabis plant is genus of plant that has three separate subspecies: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis.

There are plants in the Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica family that are bred to strengthen the genetics of the plant to get people high, that is not all this amazing plant is capable of. In fact there are many of other active compounds within Cannabis, all of which have different effects, benefits and ways to consume them and each. Cannabis cultivars (plants chosen for their specific genetic make up) are chosen and bred for their high THC low CBD- most marijuana plants, while others are chosen for low THC and high CBD content- all industrial hemp plants. Industrial hemp cultivars are also chose for their seeds and fibers as well.


What is THC?

THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol and it is the primary element of Cannabis that gives the sensation of being “high,” and although it is legal in a handful of states, it is still Federally illegal in the U.S. This often what is sought after for people growing and looking for medicinal and recreational marijuana- the more THC in the plant, the more potent the psychoactive effects will be. However, this is only one of the over 60 elements that Cannabis produces, and there are many varieties, or strains, that produce very little, almost non-existent amounts of THC – such as Industrial Hemp.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is the primary element of Cannabis that provides medicinal, therapeutic, and healing effects, only CBD does not make you “high”, it is not psychoactive, it is not illegal, and it does not show up on any drug tests. Industrial Hemp varieties of Cannabis are intentionally grown to produce high concentrations of CBD– so the positive medicinal benefits of the plant are maximized, and at the same time, the illegal psychoactive effects are eliminated.

Science is still in its adolescence concerning research into understanding CBD, THC, and the many other elements contained within Cannabis. However, testimonial evidence has been around for thousands of years, and continues to be a great resource for further understanding the countless ways that Hemp can benefit our lives, our health, and even our economy. For more information regarding Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD check out Happy Buddha’s FAQ.

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