CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid present in both hemp and marijuana. Both of these plants are a part of the cannabis family; looking at them after the buds have been cut, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Both look the same, smell the same, and taste similar. There are only two ways to tell, either smoke it or conduct a series of scientifically demanding procedures. I know I’d be scrambling for a light. CBD and Delta-9 THC can be found in the same place, marijuana. However, the CBD you see on the market is generally derived from the hemp plant.
What is CBD?
Sure, CBD Flower can look the same as Delta-9 Flower, but there are a few differences. For one, CBD is non-intoxicating regardless of what you may believe. It’s often the most straightforward thing of explaining to someone who has been misguided—however, some people will still leave the conversation calling it weed. Nope, it’s hemp. There are significant health benefits that come with CBD, as well as its magical capability to fight off too much THC latched onto your ECS (Endocannabinoid System). CBD provides relief from inflammation, chronic pain, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety symptoms.
What is Delta-9 THC?
Delta-9 THC, better known as traditional THC, is the psychoactive component in marijuana. With extraction, hemp has allowed its sibling Delta-8 THC to exist within federal laws while Delta-9 THC remains illegal in a hand full of states. Progression hasn’t made its way everywhere. But some of these states have decriminalized marijuana possession in the wake of the legalization. But many people get confused about what Delta-9 is versus your standard CBD. Delta-9 THC is illegal in some states, and CBD is a derivative of hemp, so it is federally legal amongst all states.
What are the Differences Between CBD and Delta-9 THC?
CBD comes in an isolate, a blend, or full-spectrum. Generally, this is the tinctures field because it is the desired route. Isolates have only CBD; no other cannabinoids are in the oil because it’s been filtered out. A blend would be like CBN (it promotes sleep) and CBD—similar to our CBD Sleep Gummies. And lastly, full-spectrum is when there is no filtration during the extraction process, so you receive the medicinal properties from any remaining cannabinoids, including CBC, CBG, and CBN. CBD doesn’t only come in flower; there are other options. ATLRx has an entire collection of Premium Full-Spectrum CBD products, including Pre-Rolls, CBD Oil, Gummies, CBD drinks, topicals, and even pet treats. Please be careful if you do get tested for drugs. The metabolites from the full-spectrum products may lead you to fail. Because they’re full-spectrum products, we cannot guarantee that you will pass a drug test. This situation would more than likely have to be approved by your supervisor. Who knows? Maybe they’ll understand; perhaps they’re fans.
Speaking of failing a drug test, let’s talk about Delta-9 THC. Delta-9 THC is a cannabinoid that everyone knows from 6th period in high school. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught smoking weed by other people’s parents, but it’s more than three. Marijuana is considered the overall master cannabinoid for medicinal and recreational purposes. Marijuana is known for its cerebral euphoria and body high that promotes relaxation. But marijuana also helps with reducing chronic pain, nausea, appetite stimulation (the munchies), and easing inflammation. Like CBD, marijuana contains terpenes. Terps are the therapeutic properties of a bud; it is what you smell and feel is your unique biochemistry reacting to the terpenes. Yes, hemp has them as well. That peppery smell on the bud might be beta-caryophyllene which can be found in black peppercorns. Terpenes are an evolutionary compound that gives plants their defense and lure characteristics. There are more than 50,000 different terpenes, so you have quite a few to pick from. I stress terpenes because they are the chemical properties that decide how we respond to them. This is believed to be a more accurate way of determining if a flower is sativa, hybrid, or indica. In fact, Dr. Ethan Russo thinks that we should forget about those three categories to define flowers properties:
“Since the taxonomists cannot agree, I would strongly encourage the scientific community, the press, and the public to abandon the sativa/indica nomenclature and rather insist that accurate biochemical assays on cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles be available for Cannabis in both the medical and recreational markets. Scientific accuracy and the public health demand no less than this.”
It’s difficult to say whether the industry will abandon something that has been going on for decades. It’s also vital to remember that our biochemistry is different. What works for you may not work for Sally or Todd, and it’s limited to your experience. It would be interesting to see what would have to happen if these three types of plants were abandoned at dispensaries. If it were strictly terpenes, that might be even better—then you can find out what terpenes work best for you.
CBD can play a partner with marijuana as well. This is often a tincture blend supplied for medicinal patients so that it isn’t too much THC for them, causing them fatigue throughout the day. CBD can tame the beast of Delta-9 THC because, in lower doses, it is stimulating. But for now, the state of Georgia has to wait for its recreational legalization. Still, we have begun medical with low THC levels, so low that it isn’t considered intoxicating, which doesn’t provide much support for those in excessive pain. But we do have Delta-8 THC. CBD can help, but the extra push from the THC is needed to eliminate the pain. CBD has also shown promising anecdotal evidence in assisting with addiction withdrawals such as nicotine and opiates. I can vouch for the nicotine. But we are fortunate because we have all of these lovely and legal alternate cannabinoids that provide different effects. It’s exciting; it’s a preview for what’s to come.