CBD vs THC: Differences, uses and legal status

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You probably heard lots of positive feedback about CBD or Cannabidiol products, but might not be totally sure about what they are? If this is the case, here is your one stop shop for information about those in-demand products that gained an incredible popularity over the past few years!
But before we talk about any CBD product, let’s put any worries to rest by explaining the difference in CBD and THC. Despite being both cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, they are different in many ways.

Differences between THC and CBD

Understanding the main difference between THC and CBD will allow you to be not only educated in general, but also to be an educated buyer when the time comes!

Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana

First of all, let’s clear up everything – Hemp, Marijuana and Cannabis are all different things.
Hemp and Marijuana are both part of the Cannabis Sativa plant (more commonly referred to as cannabis) however each plant has crucial distinctions in their chemical composition. As a result, they have been selected for different uses:
Marijuana is grown for the production of primarily the THC cannabinoid. Hemp is grown primarily for the production of seeds, fiber, and the CBD cannabinoid, and contains very low amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC for hemp grown in the United States).

Can CBD get you high?

No it cannot.
Both THC and CBD interact with cannabinoid receptors that are found in the brain and body, but one main difference comes in the overall effect that you feel. That difference is that THC can get you ‘high’ while CBD cannot, which makes CBD more desirable as a natural supplement for many people.

THC – Technically speaking, THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. It mimics the effects of anandamide and 2-AG that are naturally produced by the body to regulate sleeping and eating habits. These neurotransmitters also have a part in the perception of pain and other bodily functions. When taking or using THC, the effects can include relaxation, hunger, fatigue, and even altered senses.

CBD – Almost chemically identical is CBD. However, it exists in agricultural hemp as well as marijuana. The slight chemical variance means that CBD is not psychoactive and will not make you high. When ingesting CBD, you will not have cognitive impairment.

CBD vs THC: Legalities

While THC is still a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, many states have legalized marijuana and THC to varying degrees – some states just for medical use, and some states for both medical and recreational use.
This makes THCs use come with considerable concerns as far as the legality of use and possession, as well as negative cognitive side effects. Impaired thinking, altered decision making abilities, and a reduced ability to control impulses are common with THC. This may limit its use for those in professions where organization and clear thinking are necessary.
However, CBD does not have the harmful cognitive effects of THC, and is safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive. Without the psychoactive effects, the user can monitor use and still get the health and wellness benefits. Hemp-derived CBD has been explicitly removed from the scope of the Controlled Substances Act.

CBD Uses

CBD comes in a variety of forms. The good news is that due to the many forms of CBD most products are readily available in either specialty shops or online. One of the most common forms of CBD is in pills or capsules. This allows for the user to simply consume a once or twice a day pill. Pills and capsules also offer the convenience of a steady and predictable dose with no smell and more discretion.
Tinctures also come in CBD versions and are alcohol or oil-based extracts that are taken under the tongue. These oils can also be used in cooking or drinks if desired. This is a slower delivery method than smoking or vaping but lasts longer.


While THC and CBD each has its use, many people choose CBD oil capsules and tinctures over THC to eliminate the concern of being ‘high’ while working or in general daily activities. Since THC has effects that are not necessarily safe for general daily use, CBD is the best alternative.
VIDA+ offers high purity CBD capsules and tinctures to meet your needs. All our hemp oil extracts are naturally processed using CO2 supercritical extraction. They are then tested by an outside lab for purity, potency, and most of all quality. Our quality standards do not stop there as even the bottles are specially designed to protect the botanical oils from harmful UV light for an extended shelf life.