What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

While THC and CBD originate from the same plant, the two compounds couldn’t be more different in their bodily effects and legality. However, with CBD being relatively new to modern society, many people aren’t aware of the differences. To help you out, we’ve got together some of the major differences between THC and CBD.


The law makes it very clear regarding the legality of CBD and THC. Any CBD oil containing more than 0.2% of THC is illegal under UK law and, as a Class B drug, growing or owning cannabis containing THC can lead to up to 5 years in prison. However, as of January 2019, the EU has included CBD in the Novel Foods Catalogue, with the UN continuing to reassess its status. Ultimately, our CBD Concentrates and Oils are legal because they don’t contain THC.

Bodily effects

Most people are aware of the psychoactive element of weed, which leads to a ‘high’ sensation. THC is the compound in weed that leads to this psychoactivity and, like alcohol, is intoxicating, leading to psychosis, anxiety and hallucinations. So – does CBD oil need THC to work? No. In contrast, CBD is not psychoactive or intoxicating and doesn’t make you ‘high’. Without changing the way you act, CBD can instead leave you with a soothing effect. So – does CBD Oil have THC? Our Oils contain a minuscule amount, which is well within the legal requirements.

Chemical composition

While CBD and THC have many important differences, their chemical compositions are identical, with 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms and two oxygen atoms. While they may be identical, these atoms are arranged differently and lead to different experiences when consumed. In fact, the way these atoms are arranged is the main reason that THC leaves you with that ‘high’ feeling and CBD doesn’t.

Medicinal value

The medicinal effects of CBD have been used for thousands of years, dating back to various ancient civilisations. The compound can help to soothe your mind, helping you feel less anxious, calmer and more able to get a good night’s sleep. While THC may contain some of the same therapeutic properties as CBD, the extra baggage that comes with THC (especially its legality and psychoactive effects) can cause more problems than it solves.

Side effects

Another huge difference between CBD and THC is their contrasting side effects. As a compound THC clings onto cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain to create that distinctive ‘high’ feeling. This can lead to uncomfortable, psychoactive side effects, often leading to paranoia, depersonalisation and anxiety. CBD, on the other hand, can supply you with calming, soothing effects that are 100% non-psychoactive and can be easily consumed in a variety of ways.

From concentrates to vaping, our CBD range features a whole host of ways to sample full-spectrum, terpene-rich CBD. Take a look through our entire collection today to discover why so many people use CBD daily.

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