Understanding CBD and THC: Clarifying Common Misconceptions

May 24, 2024  •  CBD, Educational

CBD vs THC - Exploring and Understanding the differences - Lab testing cannabis for THC and CBD levels

As interest in cannabis-based products grows, it’s crucial to understand their key components: cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both are cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant, but they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) differently. The ECS is a complex cell-signaling system in our bodies that has been identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC. It plays a crucial role in regulating a range of bodily functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility.

What are CBD and THC?

CBD and THC are the most well-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the “high” sensation. It’s often extracted from marijuana whereas CBD is usually extracted from hemp, which contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. In terms of interaction, THC binds with the brain’s cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors and produces a high or sense of euphoria.

CBD on the other hand doesn’t directly activate the brain’s CB1 receptors like THC does, but it can influence how these receptors behave. By affecting other molecules in the cell, CBD can change the way these receptors respond, which can reduce the effects of THC and offer other health benefits such as anxiety reduction, better sleep, and more. In its interactions with CB2 receptors found throughout the body of humans and animals alike, CBD’s interaction is associated with anti-inflammatory effects, playing a key role in pain and inflammation management.

Can using CBD make you high?

No, CBD does not cause a high like THC. While both are cannabinoids, only THC has psychoactive properties. Products that contain both CBD and THC can produce psychoactive effects, but only because THC is present. Products that contain CBD isolate are a great choice for all who want to experience the benefits of CBD without risking the psychoactive effects of THC.

Can CBD be detected during a drug screening?

Regarding drug screenings, a frequent question we get is whether cannabidiol (CBD) can be detected in such tests. Generally, standard drug screenings are not designed to detect CBD, as it is not classified as a controlled substance and does not induce psychoactive effects. Instead, these tests typically target tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

However, it is important to note that some CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC due to varying purity and manufacturing standards. If the concentration of THC in a CBD product (or if CBD product is mislabeled and not third party lab tested in accordance to state law) is sufficiently high, it might lead to a positive drug test result.

Individuals who undergo regular drug screenings are advised to be cautious about the source and composition of CBD products they consume, ensuring they are of high quality and from reputable sources that provide detailed, accurate product information. In these cases, we usually recommend sticking to consumable hemp products that contain strictly CBD isolate – a pure substance that has been completely stripped of all THC and other cannabinoids.

What are Delta-9 and Delta-8?

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) is the scientific name for THC, responsible for the intoxicating effects of marijuana. Delta-8 THC is a similar cannabinoid with a slightly altered chemical structure, often synthesized from CBD in a lab. Delta-8 is thought to be less potent than Delta-9 but still has psychoactive effects. Texas law requires consumable hemp products to contain no more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC by dry weight. Delta-8 THC currently remains mostly unregulated and, due to limited research, its safety profile is less understood.

Is CBD safe?

CBD is known for being non-invasive, non-addictive, and typically well-tolerated with minimal side effects. In Texas, CBD product manufacturers must comply with stringent third-party lab testing to verify potency and purity. This ensures that products like those offered by Jammin Canna are not only effective but also safe for consumption, free from unlawful THC levels and contaminants.

Is CBD legal in Texas? What about THC?

CBD derived from hemp with less than 0.3% THC is legal in Texas. However, larger percentages of THC are still largely illegal except for medical purposes under very strict conditions. This clear distinction helps consumers understand what they are legally allowed to purchase and use within the state.

Just to be clear, there cannot be THC in CBD, right?

Correct, THC and CBD are separate compounds extracted from the cannabis plant. They can be present together in some products but can also be completely isolated.

At Jammin Canna, we ensure our CBD products are crafted from CBD isolate or broad-spectrum distillate, which contain no detectable trace of THC. This distinction is crucial for providing all the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. All products that contain THC (within legal limits) are clearly labelled to denote the difference.


Understanding the differences between CBD and THC is vital for making informed health decisions. Whether you’re looking for relief from pain or anxiety, it’s important to choose products based on accurate, scientific information and compliance with local laws.

If you have further questions about CBD and THC or their effects, feel free to reach out to our team at info@jammincanna.com. Our goal at Jammin Canna is to empower you with accurate knowledge so you can make the best decisions for your health and wellbeing based on science and informed, educated choices!


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