Hemp does not contain very much THC. Female Marijuana plants on the other hand, contain both THC and CBD. Thing is, CBD is legal in all 50 states. Medical Marijuana on the other hand is only legal in a third of the United States. It’s not uncommon to hear that both high-THC and high-CBD strains successfully ease away pain. However, research suggests that the best pain management may come from strains with large amounts of both compounds. Here’s why:
The synergistic interactions between THC and CBD make up what is called the entourage effect. In theory, the entourage effect suggests that all of the various phytochemicals in the cannabis plant work together to produce beneficial effects.
This is perhaps why full-plant cannabis buds and extracts are thought to be more helpful to patients than isolates.
Not only do THC and CBD interact with one another to fight pain, but these compounds engage with various terpenes as well. Terpenes are aroma molecules found in the resin glands of plants.
These theories suggest that opting for a strain with a variety of cannabinoids and terpenoids would be highly beneficial for medical cannabis patients, including those seeking relief from chronic pain.
God has His reasons for including both together. Big Pharma doesn’t like it because they can’t patent a plant and thereby make billions of dollars.
In Canada, patients can already access a cannabis-based pharmaceutical for pain. In Canada, the GW Pharmaceuticals product Sativex is available for the treatment of cancer pain. Sativex is a multiple sclerosis drug that contains a one to one ratio of THC to CBD, plus some beneficial terpenes.
There is a video on our medical links page by a woman that has tried nearly everything available and she documents what did and what did not work for her.
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