Green Light: Benefits of CBD vs. THC

RACHEL CRISP PHILIPS for the Missoulian

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Montana has made it possible for responsible adults to choose their intoxicant of choice. There are also numerous mental and physical health benefits from the legal consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

But not all weeds are created equal, and while most folks associate marijuana with getting stoned, that feeling is created by the amount of THC in the plant and can vary wildly by strain. In fact, some strains contain barely any THC at all and instead have a dominant amount of cannabidiol, or CBD.

There are three types of CBD that can be found in a variety of products, and they all provide the benefits of marijuana without the intoxicating effects of THC. Full-spectrum CBD retains all components of the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC, but not enough to cause the stoned effect caused by typical marijuana. Then there is broad-spectrum CBD, which removes the THC completely but retains the other chemical compounds found in cannabis. Finally, CBD isolate is a purely concentrated form that contains no other cannabis plant compounds.

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