Effects of CBD versus THC

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Cannabis is made of more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two main chemical compounds derived from cannabis.  However, the two chemical compounds have different side effects and potential benefits. 

This post looks to help you understand the varying effects of both CBD and THC.

What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is the second most popular cannabis chemical compound. It was first discovered in the 1940s, but the compound has grown in popularity as a natural treatment for various medical conditions over the past few years. CBD can be collected from marijuana or hemp, with the former containing some traces of THC, while the latter may contain more amounts of THC.

What is Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

THC is the primary psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis. According to studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the chemical compound activates your brain’s reward system by initiating dopamine release. Dopamine is a brain’s neurotransmitter that plays a vital part in pleasure and mood. Since THC triggers high amounts of dopamine beyond normal levels, it causes users to experience feelings of euphoria. 

CBD VS. THC: The Main Differences

Both chemical compounds directly affect the endocannabinoid system, which plays a crucial role in regulating homeostasis. Researchers are still trying to grasp how the complex system functions, but they know that the endocannabinoid system is linked with processes such as sleep, memory, fertility, mood, and appetite. While CBD and THC have some similarities, they also differ in various ways. 

Here’s a breakdown of their differences:

Psychoactive Properties

The two chemical compounds tend to affect different receptors in the brain. To that end, CBD does not have psychoactive effects, meaning it will not get you high. On the other hand, THC is known for its psychoactive effects, which produce the high that most people associate with marijuana. 

Chemical Structure

THC and CBD have a chemical structure that resembles the body’s natural endocannabinoids. While cannabis chemical compounds have the same molecular structure, there is a difference in how the molecules are arranged, resulting in differing effects for both compounds. By acting similar to the natural endocannabinoids, they bind with receptors, causing different effects in the body. 


The source of your CBD, whether hemp or marijuana, determines the amount of THC present in the product. CBD is mostly derived from hemp to minimize the number of THC compounds, whereas THC is mostly derived from marijuana. 

CBD from marijuana usually contains more THC, which is not ideal for individuals looking to avoid THC.  Also, some CBD products made from cannabis may contain more THC than the packaging suggests.

Potential Benefits of THC and CBD

While research on the medical benefits of cannabis chemical compounds is still in its initial stages, there is already evidence that indicates cannabis products might be helpful for various medical conditions. 

CBD Benefits

THC and CBD mostly have the same effects and are used to treat many of the same conditions, but there are some differences. 

CBD is often utilized to alleviate symptoms associated with:

  • Seizures
  • Mood
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Headaches
  • Various Body Discomforts and swelling

THC Benefits

THC can be administered as medical cannabis and may be used to alleviate symptoms of different medical conditions. It is usually effective in managing conditions such as:

  • Sleep Issues
  • Swelling and body pains
  • Poor appetite: including appetite issues brought about by treatment of cancer.
  • Nausea

The Legality of CBD and THC

Before starting to shop for THC or CBD products, you should first consider their legality in your state. Both chemical compounds may fall under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, making them illegal under federal law. 

However, as of 2020, more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. have lifted restrictions allowing the consumption of medical marijuana and products if patients have an mmj card. Some states also allow recreational use of marijuana and THC- containing products. 

Although CBD in certain forms is legal in most states, the specifics of the legality of any THC or CBD product can vary from one state to the next. Because the laws regarding the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products are rapidly changing, you should always check your state’s regulations before using products containing CBD or THC.

Luckily, in Colorado, we have both adult-use and medical marijuana legalized, and CBD products are available to anyone over 18  with a valid ID. Ask our budtenders about 1:1 edibles that combine THC with CBD for a balanced experience. 

Find The Best Quality Recreational Cannabis and MMJ in Denver at RiNo Supply co.

Since each cannabis chemical compound offers different effects and benefits, the product you choose depends on the kind of effect you are trying to achieve. 

At  RiNo Supply co., we are committed to providing an artisan level of care for our medical marijuana patients and adult-use consumers. By working with our friends and partners in the community, we can provide premium cannabis for medical patients and recreational enthusiasts alike. You can order online for max convenience, from PHOs and BHOs to pre-rolls, topicals, and edibles.

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