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Wondering what the differences are between CBD vs THC?
CBD oil has quickly become a popular supplement but is associated with marijuana because, like THC, it comes from the cannabis plant. However, because CBD comes from cannabis, there’s a lot of confusion and false information about it.
This article will clear all of that up and explain exactly what the differences are between THC and CBD, what each of them is used for, bust some common myths, and answer some frequently asked questions.
Why trust us? Most of the information out there on CBD is written for scientific journals, by companies trying to sell you something, or by trendy sites only interested in this week’s buzzword. Our goal is to provide the most accurate information about CBD and do all the research so you don’t have to.
Now then, let’s get started!
DOES CBD SHOW UP ON DRUG TESTS?
The short answer? No.
The longer answer? CBD oil does not show up on drug tests unless you take a lot of it in one day – you’d have to take 1,000-2,000 mg for it to show up. But even then, it would be a false positive (meaning it won’t show true THC and you’ll have to be retested). Hemp-based CBD should contain only trace amounts of THC, helping in this regard. If, however, a CBD product contains high levels of THC, the drug test will be positive for THC. How long it remains in your system varies, as the half-life is dependent upon how frequently it is consumed.
WILL CBD GET YOU HIGH?
No, CBD oil will not get you high.
As we covered above, there are non-psychoactive compounds in CBD. As long as you’re taking pure CBD oil with no THC, you won’t get any high effect.
WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants.
CBD VS. THC: CHEMICAL AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE
The first time CBD was isolated was in 1940 and THC was isolated in 1964 by the pioneering cannabis scientist Raphael Mechoulam. CBD was discovered after identifying cannabidiol acid, or CBDA, which is a non-intoxicating, acidic precursor to CBD.
CBD and THC have the exact same chemical structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. However, these molecules are arranged differently, and that’s why they affect you so differently.