Cannabis products are being touted as treatments for chronic pain, inflammation, and body aches. You may be exploring that option yourself and are confused about which cannabis compound is best for your particular health concern. What is the difference between THC and CBD? Read on to learn valuable information in your search for pain relief.
CBD vs. THC
The various types of cannabis plants contain more than 100 phytochemicals that cause psychoactive reactions in your body, but CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common and well-known.
CBD and THC have different chemical properties, and they affect your body differently. Both work with receptors that release neurotransmitters (chemicals) in your brain. That is why they can affect your sleep, memory, mood, and reaction to the brain’s pain signals. THC is the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana and is responsible for producing the feeling of relaxation or euphoria. It is known to bind with receptors in the brain that control pain, mood, and emotions. On the other hand, CBD does not produce a psychoactive reaction; instead, it can produce feelings of well-being and relaxation. Research shows CBD can also have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Medical uses of CBD
People take CBD products to help with everything from muscle strains to arthritis pain and inflammation. Anecdotal evidence suggests it is also helpful in treating insomnia and anxiety. CBD has a lower potential for side-effects than many other pain medications, such as opioids, and it is often preferred by those who want medical marijuana benefits without the potentially intoxicating effects associated with THC. CBD can be consumed for pain in several ways, including:
- Edibles (such as gummies)
- Oils and tinctures
- Topical (skin-applied) creams and lotions
CBD products are available in what’s known as “whole plant” or “full spectrum” formulas, which means they contain trace elements of THC, although not enough to produce a psychoactive reaction. There are also THC-free isolate products, a good option for those who want to avoid THC altogether.
Medical uses for THC
A compound found in medical cannabis, THC can help ease symptoms from muscle spasms, nausea, nerve pain, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and discomfort associated with cancer treatment. Medical cannabis containing THC may require a recommendation (not a prescription) from a physician; and while laws are changing, medical cannabis is illegal on the federal level and in some states.
THC prescribed for pain can be consumed in a variety of ways, including:
● Edibles (like gummies)
● Smoking and vaporizing
● Foods such as brownies, cookies, and snacks
Studies show both THC and CBD have therapeutic benefits and may effectively address symptoms of chronic pain. However, before using products with CBD or THC, be sure to get information about your state’s current laws regarding medical cannabis. You can also contact our Laytonsville MD medical marijuana office for more information and advice about your particular health concern.
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