CBD or THC: Which is Best for Pain Relief?

Chronic pain affects far too many lives – roughly 20 percent of all adults in the US (50 million people) live in pain. Another 8 percent (around 19 million) people suffer from high-impact chronic pain. Chronic pain affects people of all ages and races, all levels of education and income, it is indiscriminate and for most people becomes extremely debilitating, making even the simplest of tasks impossible.

For years doctors turned to opioids and other pain killers as the best form of relief for patients who suffer from chronic pain. However, it has been found not only that opioids are highly addictive and dangerous, but prolonged use could make pain worse. Instead, people are increasingly turning to medical marijuana – but that decision is more involved than just sparking a joint or eating a THC infused gummy bear.

These days we know that there is more to medicating with marijuana – and some may prefer the way one cannabinoid interacts better than the other. If you are looking for the natural medicinal benefits without the head or body buzz then CBD, or cannabidiol, is what you’re after. Choosing a high CBD strain like Charlotte’s Web or AC/DC is the best option if you intend to smoke or vape flower, though CBD only edibles, tinctures, concentrates and more are also options.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for the heavy relaxation and relief that comes along with a good cannabis high then you want a high THC strain. At this point you should be looking to choose between sativa, indica or hybrid strain to provide relief depending on what else you have going on. Use indica for evening and nighttime use, while sativa’s are best utilized during the day to keep you productive. Hybrids are often a perfect balance that leaves you relaxed but still able to go about your business.

CBD can often reduce inflammation and pain just as well as THC, though they work best when working in tandem with one another. Therefore it is preferred that patients choose a high CBD strain of cannabis over only choosing a CBD only oil or tincture, even when no psychoactive effects are desired.

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Jillian Nelson