Is CBD Psychoactive? The Difference Between CBD and THC

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Here we explore further the question: Is CBD psychoactive? The answer is no. CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t cause euphoric feelings.

The use of cannabis and cannabinoids is growing in the U.S. and around the world, with many interested in taking advantage of the benefits of cannabinoids. However, some curious individuals are hesitant to use cannabinoids because of marijuana’s potential intoxicating psychoactive effects. If you are someone who is reluctant to use cannabis products because you do not want to experience psychoactive side effects, consider CBD products instead.

Is CBD Psychoactive?

Because CBD products are federally legal and becoming much more popular over the last few years, many people are wondering, “Is CBD psychoactive?” In fact, this is one of the most common questions CBD experts get from individuals interested in trying CBD.

The answer is a definitive no. CBD is not psychoactive. However, perhaps the better question is whether CBD is intoxicating or not. While the question is slightly different, the answer is the same. CBD alone is not intoxicating and will not produce any of the euphoric feelings commonly associated with cannabis use.

Cannabis features many active compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce various effects when ingested. The two most well-known compouds are cannabinoids called THC (which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (short for cannabidiol). The key difference between THC and CBD is that CBD does not produce any intoxicating effects.

THC is the chemical found in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects and euphoric feelings. Marijuana naturally contains higher levels of THC, explaining why using marijuana tends to have such effects. CBD is naturally found in higher quantities in hemp. CBD products made from pure hemp, such as the products found in the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store, contain no more than trace levels of THC.

Some users report feeling increased relaxation when taking CBD. While this may be misperceived as being intoxicated, it is simply an effect of the CBD and shouldn’t be confused with the impairing psychoactive effects of THC. As such, low-THC and CBD products with no detectable amount of THC offer the natural benefits of cannabidiol without THC’s intoxicating, or psychoactive, effects.

Now that we have answered the question “Is CBD psychoactive?”, read more below about the differences between CBD and THC and discover the difference between hemp and marijuana.


As mentioned above, both CBD and THC are a type of active chemical compound called cannabinoids. Since CBD and THC are both plant-based, they are known more specifically as phytocannabinoids. Even though THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, they interact with and affect the body in different ways, leading to different results.

Another important distinction to make when discussing the differences between the cannabinoids CBD and THC, is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

CBD’s distinct effects on the human body, while non-psychoactive, are easier to understand when you consider where your CBD is coming from. CBD can come from either a hemp plant or the marijuana plant.

While hemp and marijuana are both members of the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa L, the two plants are unique in their chemical makeup. These chemical differences mean that hemp and marijuana are often used for very different purposes.

Despite these differences, hemp is often wrongly lumped in with its illicit cousin marijuana in prohibition. That is far from the truth, and below we explore the important distinctions between these two members of the cannabis family next.

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What is Hemp?

Hemp is a cannabis plant harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks,. Hemp seeds and stalks are used to produce a number of products, including:

  • Food
  • Wellness products
  • Body care products
  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Building materials
  • Plastic composites
  • Biofuels

For cannabis to be considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC per dry weight. This level of THC in hemp is far too low for hemp derived CBD products to get a user intoxicated. Hemp products are federally legal in the U.S. However, hemp is often cultivated to produce a much higher concentration of CBD.

All of our CBD products are hemp-derived, containing pure CBD hemp oil and no more than trace levels of THC (some products contain no detectable levels of THC).

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a cannabis plant most frequently harvested for its euphoric, intoxicating properties, which are responsible for marijuana’s euphoric effects. The fibers and stalks of marijuana are not used commercially. Instead, the marijuana plant is cultivated specifically for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC in the plant.

Through selective breeding, varieties or strains of marijuana can contain THC concentrations that range from 10 percent to 30 percent. Marijuana is also naturally lower in CBD than THC.

Because it contains high levels of THC, use and possession of marijuana remains federally illegal in the U.S., although more than half the states in the country have passed laws that have legalized marijuana for regulated use.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. CBD Oil Products

Now that you know the basics of CBD vs THC, and know that CBD is not psychoactive, why not explore more about its natural benefits for the whole family? All Medical Marijuana, Inc. CBD oil products are made using hemp, rather than marijuana. Our non psychoactive CBD oil is available as daily products like pure hemp oil concentrates, tinctures, liquids, capsules, and CBD topicals such as lotions and topical salves. We even sell CBD for pets!

Hemp oil contains high levels of CBD and only trace levels of THC – far too little to be negatively psychoactive at suggested serving sizes, even in Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s most concentrated products.

However, if you are looking to eliminate concern over THC in your CBD product, we also offer CBD options like CBD Isolate and RSHO-X
that don’t contain detectable levels of THC.

To learn more, here are 5 questions you should be asking about your CBD oil.

CBD Isolate Products

If you want to avoid THC in your products, Medical Marijuana, Inc. sells CBD products that don’t contain any detectable levels of THC as well. By formulating with non psychoactive CBD isolate, we are able to offer all the benefits of CBD’s effects on the body without the worry of ingesting any THC.

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CBD isolate is not a synthetic or lab made cannabinoid. Instead, it is an all natural product, extracted from the hemp plant and refined down to an incredible purity. The effects of CBD isolate are immediately felt when inhaled, and the powder allows for easy measuring and use.

Like RSHO® hemp oil, Real Scientific Hemp Oil® CBD isolate is extracted from non-GMO hemp using supercritical CO2. The extraction produces a botanical concentrate that includes the cannabinoids and other plant material found naturally in hemp plants.

The CBD hemp oil is then purified using a proprietary process that filters plant material and removes excess waxes, producing a pure isolate powder that is 99% CBD. The CBD isolate powder has no taste or smell to it and can be integrated into a number of products, like edibles and vape oils.

CBD oil products without THC

The first CBD hemp oil product of its kind, RSHO-X ™ is a version of our customer favorite Real Scientific Hemp Oil
Liquid that contains no detectable levels of THC. RSHO-X
contains no detectable levels of THC. It has therefore become the CBD product of choice for many, including:

  • Parents of small children
  • First responders
  • Competitive athletes

provides safe, non-intoxicating delivery of CBD to the body by combining our CBD isolate with healthy MCT oil. With virtually no taste at all, RSHO-X
can be taken as is or added to foods or beverages.

How to Start a CBD Oil Routine

You can get started adding CBD oil to your day by visiting Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s online CBD store, or visit our CBD oil education page to learn more about everything CBD.

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