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Learn | 05.13.2022

CBD Vs. THC – Effects On Anxiety, Pain Relief, & More

The effects on anxiety & pain relief.

Are you familiar with the cannabis plant? Maybe you’ve passed a joint at a party.

If getting high isn’t your thing, perhaps you’re looking for a more natural remedy to treat pain and inflammation.

It’s common to think that cannabis is only responsible for a euphoric, psychoactive high, but that’s not the case.

There are hundreds of different cannabinoids in the plant, which can aid everything from insomnia to physical pain.

The most common cannabinoids are psychoactive THC and non-psychoactive CBD. Keep reading for the full rundown on both and their differences.

What Is CBD?

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Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. By non-psychoactive, I mean it doesn’t get you high.

Because of this, it’s legal in most states and different countries worldwide. It’s also widely accepted in the medical community for its many positive effects, which we’ll get to below.

Ingesting CBD for medical ailments is usually done through an oil dropper/tincture. That said, it’s available in all sorts of products like edibles, vapes, and even dried flower.

What Is THC?

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When you think of the cannabis-induced high, you’re thinking of THC. This psychoactive cannabinoid isn’t as normalized as CBD simply because it causes a high.

In the United States, recreational cannabis is only legal in 19 states, and it’s illegal at a federal level. That said, cannabis and hemp products that contain less than 0.3% THC are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

THC is usually inhaled by smoking dry flower, but it also comes in vapes, edibles, tinctures, and more.

Medical Benefits Of THC & CBD

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While CBD is the popular cannabinoid in the medical community, THC also has some benefits. Below, you’ll find the most common conditions that cannabis can treat. It’s worth noting that CBD can help all of these conditions, but THC may not.

Anxiety

You might have smoked a high THC strain and felt some anxiety. This is quite normal when your tolerance is low.

Strains high in THC can cause some unwanted paranoia and anxiety. However, CBD does the complete opposite.

It washes the body with relaxation and uplifts the user into a better, more optimistic mood.

Depression

Both CBD and THC can treat depression.

As mentioned above, CBD makes the user feel relaxed and at ease, letting their stresses wash away. On the other hand, THC can also cause a chilled and blissed-out state.

This psychoactive cannabinoid offers intense euphoria, a beautiful and natural pick-me-up. Some strains will also produce extreme giggles.

Appetite

CBD promotes beneficial effects on the digestive tract. It can relieve indigestion, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, and more.

While it doesn’t directly target appetite, it clears up any other issues that may lead to appetite loss. If you want to treat your appetite more directly, THC is a great help.

After hitting a strain rich in THC, give it a couple of minutes, and you’ll be heading to the kitchen for some munchies.

Pain Relief

If you’re looking for a natural pain-reliever, try CBD. There are countless studies that suggest CBD is one of the most effective natural remedies to treat chronic pain.

Interestingly, using CBD and THC together can create the “entourage effect.”

This means both cannabinoids work together to produce stronger effects. We suggest pairing these cannabinoids for the ultimate pain relief.

Inflammation

One of the most common uses for CBD is targeting inflammation. And this is any kind of inflammation like IBS, arthritis, Chron’s disease, lupus, and more.

THC can also aid in inflammation, but it’s best when dosed with CBD to produce that sweet entourage effect.

Cancer

Yes, both THC and CBD can help alleviate cancer symptoms.

These cannabinoids are especially helpful in reducing the symptoms caused by radiation.

This could be nausea, fatigue, skin irritation, brain fog, headaches, and even libido

Side Effects Of THC & CBD

With any substance, moderation is key.

There are a few side effects of CBD and THC, like the ones below.

Just remember that these side effects mostly appear when the substance is used in high amounts.

Side Effects Of CBD

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Metabolism Changes

Side Effects Of THC

  • Increased Paranoia/Anxiety
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Short-Term Memory Issues
  • Brain Fog
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness

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Now that you understand the differences between these two popular cannabinoids, it’s time to put them to the test.

If you’re looking for more of a euphoric, lifted, and exciting experience, opt for strains/products high in THC. If you require an anti-inflammatory and want to chill out without being high, CBD is your best bet.

That said, you can also reach a feeling of balance when using a product with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. Read more about how to use THC and CBD together.

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