CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) are distinct compounds found in cannabis plants. While they come from the same source, they have different effects on the body and mind[1].

CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a "high" sensation that is commonly associated with cannabis use. It is believed to have therapeutic properties and is used for various purposes, including pain management, anxiety reduction, and anti-inflammatory effects[1][2].

On the other hand, THC is psychoactive and can produce a euphoric feeling or "high" when consumed. It affects the brain by binding to specific receptors, leading to various psychological and physiological effects. THC is primarily used for recreational purposes but also has some potential medical benefits, such as pain relief and appetite stimulation[2][3].

In terms of chemical structure, CBD and THC have the same formula but differ in how their atoms are arranged[3]. This difference in structure leads to variations in how they interact with the receptors in the brain and the overall effects they produce.

It's important to note that the legal status of CBD and THC varies depending on the jurisdiction. While CBD is legal in many places, THC is often subject to more restrictions due to its psychoactive nature[2].

Overall, CBD and THC have distinct properties and effects. CBD is non-psychoactive and is believed to have therapeutic benefits, while THC is psychoactive and primarily used for recreational purposes[1].


  1. Verywell Health - CBD vs. THC: A Chart to Help You Understand Cannabis

  2. Healthline - THC vs. CBD: What's the Difference?

  3. WebMD - CBD vs. THC: Properties, Benefits, Risks, & Legality