Difference between THC and CBD in Marijuana

“Wax, Oil and Buds… Oh my!” Difference between THC and CBD in Marijuana

It is no surprise that marijuana laws are starting to relax in the United States. As of today 8 states allow legal recreational use with another 22 states who allow marijuana in some sense. Since marijuana is turning into a booming industry, many companies have started to find other marijuana products to sell such as oil and wax.

Marijuana 101

Originally, marijuana is a plant that is grown from a seed. People smoke the flower of the plant and it gives the “high” feeling. The active ingredient in marijuana that creates the high feeling is THC aka  tetrahydrocannabinol. It is ingested in the body most commonly by smoking. More recently however people have created ways to extract other ingredients from the marijuana plant such as CBD aka Cannabidiol. This CBD is collected and is sold in forms of wax or oil in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

CBD vs THC

Even though THC and CBD both come from the same plant the law views them differently and because of that they have different classifications. Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, the definition for marijuana is

“Marihuana” means the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not, the seeds of that plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of that plant or its seeds.The term does not include:

(A)  the resin extracted from a part of the plant or a compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the resin;

(B)  the mature stalks of the plant or fiber produced from the stalks;

(C)  oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant;

(D)  a compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks, fiber, oil, or cake; or

(E)  the sterilized seeds of the plant that are incapable of beginning germination”

At the time there was not a definition for CBD because it was not a known substance to the general public. Technically it could not be called marijuana because it fell under the first exemption of the definition above. Therefore in 2015 Texas added a new definition to cover these new compounds.

THC – CBD – Marijuana Consequences

A big difference between THC and CBD is how Texas law punishes possession of the substance. Assuming you only have a small personal amount, marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor. CBD is however a State Jail Felony and can carry up to 2 year jail time. Many people think smoking wax or oil is the same as marijuana, unfortunately the law does not view it that way. The law classifies them differently and treats CBD harsher.

Conclusion

Even though marijuana is still illegal in Texas it can commonly be seen used by people. Things to remember next time you are with people consuming marijuana is whether they are smoking the plant or the oil/wax. It may be a good idea to minimize risk and stick to the plant to help protect yourself. If you find yourself in a tough situation and need legal help, feel free to contact us at Zavala Texas Law. We are here to help and have helped many Houstonians with their drug charges.

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Avoiding a Traffic Ticket: LASIK

Over the 4th of July weekend, I took a trip to scenic Brenham, Texas to enjoy a relaxing weekend in a small Texas town. As anyone who has ever visited the area knows the landscape and scenic route is beautiful and it may cause ones foot to get pretty heavy on the accelerator. Long story short, I got pulled over for speeding and got a traffic ticket.

The state trooper was very courteous and we chatted for a little bit. As he was inspecting my driver’s license he saw that I had the “Corrective Lenses Restriction” on the back of my license. (Anyone who uses glasses or contacts should have this restriction on the back of their license).

He asked me about my corrective lenses and I proudly told him that I no longer use corrective lenses because I received LASIK surgery and no longer needed corrective lenses. He told me that was fantastic but my license still indicated that I needed corrective lenses.

At this point I wasn’t sure if he didn’t know what LASIK was, so I begin explaining the procedure and he cut me off stating that he knows. Unfortunately, when you get LASIK or any procedure to adjust your eyesight you must get the restriction lifted from your license.

Luckily at the end of my encounter with the officer, he just gave me a warning on the speeding but did give me a traffic ticket for my “Corrective Lenses Restriction.” He told me that if I got the restriction removed before the court date, they would dismiss it. To do this, just go to DPS and get the restriction removed. It was a very easy process to do.

Certainly I’m not the only person to have had vision adjustment. Check your Texas driver’s license and see if you have the Corrective Lenses Restriction. If you do, and you no longer require correction, be sure to update your license so that you don’t get a citation over something you probably never thought of.

Cheers