CBD vs. Marijuana: What You Need to Know

As a cannabis expert, I am often asked about the differences between CBD oil and marijuana. While both are derived from the cannabis plant, they have distinct characteristics and uses. In this article, I will break down the key differences between CBD and marijuana, and provide insight into their effects and potential benefits.

Chemical Composition

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that is chemically similar to THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive properties and does not produce a "high" feeling.

In Connecticut, CBD products must contain less THC than a hemp product in order to be sold outside of authorized cannabis establishments. THC is the main psychoactive component in marijuana that is responsible for its mind-altering effects. It is what makes you feel "high" when consuming marijuana. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but they have very different effects on the body.

Effects on the Body

While both CBD and THC can have relaxing and pain-relieving effects, they differ in their psychoactive properties. As mentioned earlier, THC produces a "high" feeling, while CBD does not.

This makes CBD a more desirable option for those seeking relief from pain or anxiety without experiencing mind-altering effects. In addition to its calming effects, CBD has also shown promise in alleviating a variety of conditions such as skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. It has also been studied for its potential benefits in improving mood and sleep.

Legal Status

One of the biggest differences between CBD and marijuana is their legal status. While CBD is legal at the federal level, it is still subject to state laws. In order for CBD to be legal in a state, it must also be legal at the federal level.

This means that the legality of CBD can vary from state to state. On the other hand, marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 substance at the federal level, meaning it is illegal and has no recognized medical use. However, some states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, so its legality can also vary depending on where you live.

Product Variations

Another important distinction between CBD and marijuana is the way they are consumed. CBD products are typically available in the form of oils or tinctures, which are made by suspending CBD in a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil. These products do not contain THC and are not psychoactive. Marijuana, on the other hand, can be consumed in various forms such as smoking, vaping, or edibles.

These products contain varying levels of THC and can produce psychoactive effects.

Quality and Regulation

When it comes to purchasing CBD products, it is important to be aware of their quality and regulation. Unlike medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CBD products are not regulated by the government. This means that there is no guarantee of their safety or effectiveness. In fact, a study on CBD products found that more than 25% contained less CBD than what was listed on the label, and some even contained THC. To ensure the quality and accuracy of a CBD product, consumers can look for certification through independent laboratory tests or scan a QR code on the product packaging.


In conclusion, while both CBD and marijuana come from the same plant, they have distinct differences in their chemical composition, effects on the body, legal status, and product variations.

CBD is non-psychoactive and has shown promise in alleviating various conditions, while marijuana is still considered illegal at the federal level and can produce mind-altering effects. As the interest in other cannabinoids grows, it is important to continue researching their potential benefits and effects. As an expert in the field, I believe that CBD has great potential for cosmetic uses for skin and hair, but more studies are needed to evaluate its effectiveness.

Makayla Orscheln
Makayla Orscheln

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