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Every Cannabis User Should Know the Difference Between CBD and THC [VIDEO]

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*The CBD market is reportedly on track to explode thanks to popular items such as gummies, teas, tinctures and lotions.

According to a September story by Rolling Stone, while research continues on the hemp extract’s abilities, the CBD market alone is set to outpace legal marijuana sales nationally; with potentially $22 billion in three years.

“What we started tracking this year was an explosion — face mask, bug bites, skin care, topicals,” Bethany Gomez, director of research for the Brightfield Group, told Rolling Stone. “It’s being used for everything you can think of — sports, triathlons. People want to buy it for their grandma, for arthritis. Women get it for PMS and endometriosis — common things that people have been using over the counter medications.”

Coca-Cola has even announced possible CBD-infused drinks.

Martha Stewart also has entered the market with a line of CBD products for pets and humans.

CVS Pharmacy recently confirmed plans to sell hemp-derived CBD products in eight states, according to NBC News.

So what is CBD?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, per

As noted by Mashable, while THC will get you high, CBD probably won’t. Below is a break down via the outlet of the difference between CBD and THC.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that interact with receptors found throughout the body to achieve certain physiological effects.

Scientists have identified over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the ones you’ll most commonly hear about are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Why does THC get you high while CBD doesn’t?

This part gets complicated, but what you need to know is that THC tends to interact with the parts of your body that makes you feel “high,” while CBD tends to interact with the parts that reduces inflammation.

And most CBD products, whether a tincture to help you sleep at night or a shot of oil in your smoothie, won’t get you high if it’s hemp-derived because hemp products cannot legally be sold if they contain a THC content higher than 0.3 percent.

How do they work together?

Anecdotally, cannabis consumers report less feelings of anxiety and paranoia when they consume products with both THC and CBD, as opposed to products that contain just THC. In one study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, participants who were given CBD before they were administered a dose of pure THC experienced less cognitive impairment and paranoia than participants who only received pure THC. Wired describes CBD as an “antidote” to weed freak outs.

All marijuana technically has both THC and CBD, but decades of curating plants without understanding CBD’s potential means that weed tends to be very high in THC. CBD content has been overlooked in favor of weed that’ll guarantee an extreme high. If you tend to get anxious after smoking weed, try out products that have a more balanced ratio of THC and CBD, or are higher in CBD.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both derived from cannabis plants, but industrial hemp can’t be more than 0.3 percent THC to be legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. That means that hemp-derived CBD, which is rarely psychoactive, is legal all across the country regardless of whether or not marijuana is legal in a certain state.

That’s not to say that all CBD products will be accessible nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration still considers CBD to be a “drug ingredient” and won’t allow CBD in food or health products.

Read the full Mashable report here.

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