What is the best painkiller: THC or CBD?

Nature thinks about everything. For example, she gave us a medicine against pain in the form of a beautiful green plant with lush flower buds. Cannabis helps to combat all sorts of pain, especially chronic pain. The plant contains several active substances, known as cannabinoids, which provide this healing effect.

The two best known and most interesting cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). We know THC from the relaxed high that smoking of a solid joint gives you. At the same time, however, this substance has a narcotic and analgesic effect. CBD reduces (chronic) pain as well and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Different types of cannabis have different ratios of these active substances. Also, you can buy weed oil which contains only THC or CBD. It’s nice to have a choice, but which works best against pain? And what is the best choice in cannabis?

Where does it hurt?

To find an answer to that question, you can ask yourself where your complaints come from. Many people who use cannabis as an analgesic find sufficient relief in the use of standard cannabis with a high THC content. Others, however, swear by CBD-rich cannabis. It's worth investigating what works best for you. This has to do with what type of pain you have and what receptors should be affected. THC seems to relieve pain in rheumatism, arthritis and fibromyalgia. CBD, on the other hand, mainly has an effect on cramps and spasms, for example when pain is caused by MS. Also, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and improves your immune system at different places in your body, such as your spleen.

Cooperating brothers

However, the most effective is the use of cannabis products in which both substances occur in large quantities. THC and CBD are a golden duo because the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol works optimally in combination with the non-psychoactive cannabidiol. CBD regulates the operation of THC and provides a clearer, brighter high. In addition, they also strike hands in the field of pain relief, because they both have their own way of fighting pain and strengthen each other.

It goes through the stomach

One more tip before lighting a rich-filled spliff: it’s best to take the cannabis orally, by means of an edible or hemp oil. Smoking burns cannabis and reduces the medical effect by changing the chemical structure of the active substances.

Useful links

  1. Grow your own CBD-rich cannabis strains
  2. Grow your own THC-rich cannabis strains
  3. Get CBD oil
  4. Collective Evolution: 'What Cannabis Does To Your Mind & Body Depending On How You Ingest It'

Author: Sara de Waal