The research on CBD is limited because for years researchers thought that it did not affect the body, according to Piomelli. However, there are potentially three scientifically recognized uses for CBD, he says. They are:
Hemp is higher in CBD, while any cannabis that has a THC concentration of greater than 0.3% is classed as marijuana, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Despite the limitations of research about CBD, proponents claim that it can help with conditions ranging from insomnia to chronic pain. However, these purported benefits haven’t been proven, Weiner says.
The relationship between CBD and THC
Many states have legalized marijuana to treat conditions ranging from anxiety to glaucoma. However, it’s important to recognize that chemically, there is no distinction between recreational and medical marijuana, says Aaron Weiner, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and addictions specialist.
CBD and THC, the two main chemicals found in the cannabis plant, both have potential health benefits. However, research on both is extremely limited, since hemp (containing CBD) was federally illegal until 2018, and marijuana (containing THC) remains federally illegal.
What is THC?
Their effects are responsible for the recreational and possible medicinal use of the cannabis plant, says Daniele Piomelli, PhD, director of the University of California Irvine’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, and professor of anatomy and neurobiology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology.
While research about many health impacts of cannabis — both positive and negative — is inconclusive or lacking, there are some important points to remember:
CBD and THC may come from the same plant, but their unique chemical structures affect how they interact with the body. Because of these inherent differences, they are also treated differently in the U.S. legal system.
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Potential Side Effects
CBD can be derived from any type of cannabis sativa plant, but it’s legal throughout the U.S. only when it comes from hemp specifically—an important distinction explained in greater detail below.