The cannabis plant contains over 480 elements. Two of them being THC and CBD. Both are ubiquitous in modern day cannabis products, with different benefits and side-effects to each.
As CBD increases in popularity, many are starting to wonder about the chemical structure and science behind cannabis. In addition to different chemicals contained in cannabis and hemp, there are differing legal requirements, regulations and bans that apply to both. This infographic provides a breakdown of both chemicals — their differences, applications, and legal statuses.
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THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is commonly known as as the primary agent in the cannabis plant that gets you high. It takes the form of crystal on the flower, but can also be found in edibles, joints, lotions, and teas. THC is known to provide pain relief, feelings of euphoria, dry mouth, and relaxation. This substance is psychoactive — some side effects include increased levels of anxiety. THC is legal in twenty-nine states and is still illegal under federal law.
CBD is cannabidiol, a component of cannabis that is mainly used for healing purposes. CBD can be found in products such as lotions, bath salts, lattes, balms, and serums. The substance is not federally legal, but it can be found online and all over the United States. It is commonly used to treat schizophrenia, joint pain, stress, and even epilepsy. A few examples of cannabis strains that have high CBD content are Stephen Hawking Kush, ACDC, and Canna-tonic. CBD is widely known to be non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory.