Defining the Difference Between CBD and Cannabis


Within the world of marijuana, there are many terms thrown around, the intricacies of which are not always clear. Terms often get confused because there are so many, and even marijuana versus cannabis is an easily-mixed up concept. Today, we’ll be looking at the differences between “cannabis” and “CBD.”


What Is Cannabis?


“Cannabis” refers to a genus (which can be thought of as a “family”) of plants with similar characteristics. There are three species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Each plant has a number of compounds found within the flowering buds, called cannabinoids, that are all closely related. Within that group of cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which are the two most abundant in cannabis plants as well as the two most popularly known. While related, THC and CBD vary in their effects on the body. THC is psychoactive, and is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis. THC is not legal on a national level due to its intoxicating effects, though it is legal in several states – like ours.


What Is CBD?


Cannabidiol is the second most abundant chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol, more often referred to as just CBD, is found only in the Cannabis sativa plant. It may be derived from marijuana, which also contains THC, or from hemp, a form of cannabis grown to have little to no intoxicating compounds. CBD itself is not intoxicating, and often called non-psychoactive because it does not produce a high. However, it is known to affect the brain by altering mood, disposition, and energy, technically making it psychoactive though not in the way THC is. CBD is legal nationwide so long as the product contains less than 0.3% THC. Most CBD products are derived from hemp as to avoid more-than-trace amounts of THC. It has even recently been approved in one pharmaceutical form by the FDA; a seizure drug called Epidiolex was introduced to the market in 2018. CBD shows promise with a lot of chronic diseases beyond those with seizures, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. Beyond medicinal uses, CBD is often used in conjunction with THC in recreational products because the two similar compounds can work together in synchrony for a stronger effect.


What’s the Difference Between Cannabis and CBD?


Cannabis is a blanket term that covers everything from a cannabis plant. CBD is a cannabinoid, meaning that it is one of 100+ chemical compounds found in cannabis plants. Therefore, CBD is found in cannabis, and cannabis often contains CBD, but the two terms are not interchangeable. Unlike CBD, cannabis can also include any products with THC, which is strongly different from CBD in that they’re psychoactive on an intoxicating level.


Learn More About CBD and Cannabis With Wheelhouse


While there are a lot of cannabis products, Wheelhouse has knowledgeable budtenders ready to help clarify any confusing terms you may run into. Plus, our team is experienced and can help you find the products you need, whether it be those with CBD, THC, or both. If you’re leaning towards a non-intoxicating option, shop our CBD products now, available in the form of tincturestopicals, and more!


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