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With state legislators continuing to address efforts to legalize or decriminalize the use of marijuana, and cannabis and hemp shops springing up in northeastern Louisiana, it is easy for consumers to be confused with what it’s all about and what, exactly, is legal.
What’s the difference between cannabis, marijuana, CBD and THC? In the eyes of the law, they are not the same thing, but the distinction between the terms is largely semantic.
Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than 80 biologically active compounds, according to the U.S. Drug and Food Administration. The most commonly known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC has psychoactive properties; it’s the chemical that generates a high for the consumer. Consuming THC is legal for recreational use in some U.S. states, but Louisiana is not one of them.