Differences between CBD & THC

By the end of this post, you will know what THC is, what CBD is and where they both come from. You will also learn the vital differences that set the two apart, as they are very different and are treated separately in the eyes of consumers and the law.

Differences between CBD & THC

CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) both come from the same plant, but are seperate, and react with the human body in completely different ways. THC is the natural compound found in the hemp plant, also known as the cannabis plant, and is notorious for providing its users with a ‘high’. CBD on the other hand does not give consumers a mental high, and has been used as a natural remedy to help ease various health ailments for thousands of years.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is extracted from the hemp plant, also known as the cannabis plant, although CBD will not provide consumers with a mental high. CBD is 100% legal and can be bought in stores and online, in various forms. The oil has gained popularity in recent years as a food supplement to help with the users health and it is attractive to lots of users due to it being completely natural.

Oil is not the only form in which CBD can be taken, it can also be taken in these ways;

  • Topical Cream
  • Food (Cannabidiol infused snacks)
  • Vapourised
  • Smoked

THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is CBD’s notorious sibling. It is one of the main compound found in the cannabis plant and it provides its users with a mental ‘high’. It is mainly consumed by smoking and is categorized as a class B drug by the UK government, making it illegal to possess and use.

What effects do CBD and THC have on the human body

CBD and THC affect the mind and body in different ways, the following lists will give you an idea of what ways these substances affect humans.

CBD effects on the human body

Cannabidiol (CBD) effects the human body through interacting with our bodies endocannabinoid system. It is absorbed by two receptors called CB1 and CB2. Once absorbed by the body, CBD is known to have many beneficial effects, such as;

  • Can reduce anxiety and depression
  • Can relieve pain
  • Can reduce in inflammation
  • Can help with heart health

CBD is known to have various health benefits, but before using it to help relieve any health ailments definitely consult your doctor.

THC effects on human body

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is absorbed by the endocannabinoid system just like CBD, although provided different effects, such as;

  • Can increase anxiety
  • Can decrease concentration
  • Can cause hallucinations
  • Decreased ability to perform tasks

CBD & THC and the law

CBD is perfectly legal to buy, possess and use. CBD oil is considered legal if it has less than 0.2%
THC in it, which is a safe amount to consume without having any psychoactive effects.

THC is illegal to buy, possess and use in the UK, whether that be in plant form or oil form. Fortunately, CBD oil sourced from a reputable merchant will contain less than 0.2% THC, meaning that it is perfectly legal and safe to buy and take.

Information provided is for the UK, check laws of your country


CBD and THC both come from the cannabis plant and effect the body in different ways. CBD is perfectly legal, safe and has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. THC is not legal and can affect users undesirably. If taking CBD oil, ensure to get it off a trusted merchant and always speak to your doctor before using CBD oil as a food supplement to help with any ailments.