CBD vs THC: Understanding the Key Differences
What’s the Difference Between Hemp and THC?
Out of the 80+ cannabinoids found in different varieties of cannabis, none are more important than Hemp and THC. The primary compounds of cannabis can be considered siblings due to their similar genetic makeup but with different “personalities.” Even though they have different properties, genetically, both THC and Hemp have the same chemical makeup: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. So how are they different?
The main–and only–difference between these two sibling cannabinoids is how one of their atoms is arranged. That is a microscopic difference which in turn is responsible for making an immense difference.
Does Hemp Oil Have THC?
Technically, pure Hemp oil shouldn’t contain any THC since they are completely different compounds; however, it all depends on where Hemp is sourced and how it manufactured. Typically, Hemp is sourced from industrial hemp, but it can also be extracted from marijuana.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Even though many people conflate hemp and marijuana, the reality is that they are entirely different. Marijuana and hemp are different varieties of cannabis, each with different properties and uses. Marijuana contains moderate amounts of THC and low Hemp. On the other hand, hemp is rich in Hemp and contains insignificant traces of THC.
THC Oil vs. Hemp Oil
Hemp oil often refers to oil containing Hemp extracts from industrial hemp. Because it is obtained from industrial hemp, Hemp oil may contain trace amounts of THC; however THC in Hemp oil never surpasses 0.3% which is too small an amount to cause any psychoactive effects. Some Hemp brands will go the extra mile and remove all THC content from their products. Since Hemp oil contains little to no THC, hemp-derived Hemp oil is used solely for its therapeutic benefits.
In contrast, THC oil is obtained from marijuana and usually contains a blend of other cannabinoids in addition to moderate amounts of THC. The purpose of THC oil is to benefit from its medicinal properties or enjoy its psychoactive effects, or both.
Does Hemp Counteract THC?
Not only is Hemp not psychoactive, but studies suggest it can actually counteract the psychotropic effects of THC. If Hemp and THC are ingested at the same time, the soothing properties of Hemp can mediate the psychedelic properties of THC by interacting with receptors responsible for the onset of the “high” feeling THC generates.
Effects of Hemp vs. THC
The tiny, microscopic difference in their atomic rearrangement makes a massive difference in how THC and Hemp affect our nervous and immune systems. Both compounds are known for their medicinal benefits which may alleviate pain, promote better sleep, relieve anxiety, improve metabolism, and much more.
So how do they differentiate?
The answer is in the way they interact with our nervous system. Hemp communicates with our systems in a purely medicinal manner without any considerable side effects. THC produces a “high” feeling that slows down motor functions, causes red eyes, delayed reaction times, and increased appetite, among other things.
What’s the Best THC: Hemp Ratio?
Deciding what is the best Hemp and THC ratio depends entirely on your wellness needs, personal preference, and tolerance levels. Typically, however, ratios with high levels of Hemp and low levels of THC work best as they deliver therapeutic benefits with a very clear head. If you are an experienced marijuana user, you may find balanced THC: Hemp ratios to be more enjoyable.
What are the Best High-Hemp Low-THC Strains?
If you are looking for strains that are more medicinal than therapeutical, the following strains rich in Hemp are the answer:
- Stephen Hawking Kush
- Ringo’s Gift