The two most well known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is known as the psychoactive compound which produces the powerful and enjoyable high which we experience when we eat, vape or smoke cannabis (or cannabis concentrates). CBD doesn’t produce a psychoactive high.
Other differences between THC and CBD concern legality. CBD remains legal in many places and is even available online, from health food shops and herbalists. THC has been prohibited for many years, though is slowly gaining medical and recreational legality around the world.
CBD vs THC for anxiety
Interestingly, many people use THC and CBD for anxiety. There are some disagreements about which cannabinoid is better for anxiety. Many recreational cannabis users find that THC is a great antidote to stress and anxiety.
However, some people report the opposite effect, feeling that THC can actually make them feel more anxiety. Many of the online/high-street CBD buyers use it to help them relax and counter anxiety. For these people, CBD with no THC seems to be the best for anxiety. CBD without THC doesn’t make you high, for some people thats perfect! For the rest of us that enjoy THC, a little bit of THC with CBD is a great combination with a relaxing body effect and pleasant enjoyable high.
CBD oil with THC and CBD oil without THC
CBD oil can be bought online and in many high street shops. Usually, for legal reasons, the CBD oil is without any THC. How much THC is in CBD oil? THC, if present, is usually present only at trace quantities (e.g. below 0.2%).
Unless you live in a part of the world with legal cannabis e.g. USA or Canada, it can be very difficult to get CBD oil with THC. If you can, you will notice a strong psychoactive effect from the THC. If you definitely don’t want to get high from your CBD oil, then get low THC CBD oil. Or get CBD oil without THC.
CBD vs THC, does CBD work without THC?
Yes, CBD does work without the presence of THC. Much of the CBD oil products sold online and in high street health shops is sold without THC. People use CBD for a variety of ailments, aches, pains, sleep, and anxiety.
What about CBD oil which contains THC?
Some pharmaceutical medicines, such as Sativex from GW Pharmaceuticals contain a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD. This gives the user the benefit of both cannabinoids. CBD is thought to have an attenuating effect on THC. This means that the CBD may limit and ‘dampen’ the effect of THC. This may slightly reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD oil and THC content
When you buy CBD oil pay careful attention to the labelling. If you are buying CBD oil in Europe, either online or in a shop, you won’t be able to legally buy CBD oil with THC present. You can only buy CBD oil without THC. Visit a country where THC is legal and you will be able to buy CBD oil with THC present.