However, many CBD products do contain trace amounts of THC. While these amounts are small, they may still be detectable if you are consuming large quantities of CBD or if the products you are using contain more THC than the packaging label claims.
When choosing products containing CBD or THC, it is also important to consider their legality. Both marijuana and THC are included in the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, which means that they are not legal under federal law. As of July 2020, 33 states and Washington, D.C. have enacted policies allowing medical marijuana and products containing THC to be prescribed by a doctor. Some states also allow recreational use of marijuana and THC-containing products.
Both THC and CBD can be consumed in a number of different forms. THC may be consumed as marijuana by smoking, but a number of other cannabis products are also available including:
Although CBD in certain forms is legal in most states, the specifics of the legality of any THC or CBD product can vary from one state to the next. Several states have also approved the use of marijuana and THC for recreational purposes.
Non-psychoactive (does not produce a high)
Some research suggests that CBD and THC are generally safe and result in few side effects.
THC, which may be administered as medical marijuana, may be used to alleviate symptoms of a number of conditions. It may be helpful for conditions such as:
THC, on the other hand, does have psychoactive effects. It is the compound that produces the high that people associate with marijuana.
CBD and THC have the same molecular structure, but there are differences in how these molecules are arranged that are responsible for the differing effects they have. By mimicking endocannabinoids, they bind with receptors and cause different effects in the body.
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Legal cannabis market revenue in Europe 2020-2024
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Average sales price of high-THC and high-CBD cannabis products in the United States from 2014 to 2019 (in U.S. dollars)
$468 / Year
$708 / Year
Price of cannabis per gram in the United Kingdom 2018, by scenario
*First half of 2019
Death from cannabis use in England and Wales 1993-2020