CBD Edibles Vs THC Edibles

Cannabis edibles were developed in an attempt to deliver the therapeutic benefits of cannabis through the tasty option of edibles. The medicinal benefits of cannabis are rooted in the presence of two active cannabinoids, namely CBD and THC that are extracted from hemp and marijuana, the plants of cannabis family. Hemp plant is rich in CBD even though it contains low levels of THC while marijuana has more than 30% THC.

CBD edibles are made by adding CBD extract from hemp plant while THC edibles are made using marijuana extract. In this session, we make a comparison between CBD edibles and THC edibles.

Crteria CBD Edible THC Edible
Ingredients Mostly CBD More THC
Legality Legal Illegal
Drug Testing Mostly Negative Positive
Psychoactive No Yes


Edibles infused with CBD are referred to as CBD edibles, and take a note of the fact that the CBD added to the edibles can be extracted from hemp as well as marijuana, but marijuana derived CBD edibles will have higher levels of THC. If the THC levels exceed 0.3%, the CBD edible will be deemed illegal in the US as per FDA regulations. In this session, we will be referring to hemp derived CBD edibles alone.

CBD edibles are made by adding any of the three types of extract, namely full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate as ingredients in traditional edibles. Being made from whole plant source, full spectrum CBD will contain all the essential phytochemicals including permissible levels of THC (less than 0.3%) whereas broad spectrum CBD contains all full spectrum compounds except THC. CBD isolate, on the other hand is the purest CBD product that exclusively contains CBD.

THC edibles are made by adding substances like cannabutter, live resin, hash oil etc to edibles and the potency of the edibles vary according to the type of ingredients added. THC edibles made using cannabutter has lower potency than the ones made using wax or shatter while the edibles made using distillate contain about 99% THC.


The objective of consumption of CBD edible is different from that of THC edibles. While the former is taken to get the benefits out of CBD, the latter is taken for getting the benefits out of THC. while THC edibles have high THC content, the THC content in CBD edible is maintained below 0.3% lest they will be declared illegal. If the THC content in CBD edibles does not exceed the permissible levels, you are free to buy and use CBD edibles in every state of the US but things are not that easy with THC edibles.

THC and marijuana are included in the list of controlled substances and unless you are in a state that has legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, you are not permitted to use THC edibles. Before you start using CBD or THC edibles, understand the cannabis laws of the state well to avoid facing the trial for illegal possession of controlled substances.

Medical Benefits

Both CBD and THC edible offer various medical benefits but the nature of the effects that the compounds offer is different. CBD does not cause a high while THC has the ability to do so. The reason why CBD edibles are legal while THC edibles remain controlled in many states is the potential of THC to cause euphoric effects in users.

CBD edibles can treat the following medical conditions:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Seizure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental disorders

THC edibles are efficient in treating the following medical conditions:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle spasticity

Drug Testing

Some people have to take drug tests because their profession demands it. Drug tests screen for the presence of THC and even the minimal levels of THC can lead to a failed test. THC edibles contain high THC levels that can be easily detected in a drug test while with CBD edibles you can probably pass a drug test, provided the edible is not made from full spectrum CBD extract.

Although full spectrum CBD extract contains less than 0.3%, consuming a CBD edible made from full spectrum extract may lead to a drug test failure. For people who take regular drug tests, it is advisable to avoid products that contain THC. You may take CBD edible made from broad-spectrum extract or CBD isolate, as they are THC free.

Side Effects

CBD is well tolerated even if we use it in large doses. Thus, the chance of overdosing by consuming CBD edibles is quite low but the case of THC edibles is different.

Some of the temporary side effects caused by THC are:

  • Coordination problems
  • Red eyes
  • Memory loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow reaction times

Whether you make the choice of CBD edibles or THC edibles, you have to make sure that the edibles are of fine quality.