Is THC or CBD Better for Pain Relief?
Overview of THC and CBD

THC and CBD are two of the many chemically active compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are called cannabinoids and are responsible for the medical effects of cannabis plants. Currently, the most studied compounds are THC and CBD. These two have shown to have positive healing effects, especially for pain relief.  


Effects of High-THC Strains

Strains with high levels of THC can be found in your local dispensary or through a weed delivery service in most cities in Ontario. While they are readily available, high-THC strains may not be the right option for everyone. Studies have shown that THC is helpful at fighting painful inflammation and relaxes the nervous system, which helps with the pain associated with spasms. However, THC also comes with strong psychoactive properties that are responsible for altered states of perception and mood. While recreational cannabis consumers tend to look for high-THC strains, it may not be the best option for pain relief.  


Effects of High-CBD Strains

Studies have shown that CBD has anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been linked to the suppression of pain. This makes high-CBD products an ideal alternative to THC as it does not create an altered mental state. CBD can also help with depression and anxiety. In 2018, the Farm Bill was passed, which made CBD legal in all 50 states. This only further highlights the benefits of CBD.  


THC vs CBD for Pain Relief

Cannabis products come in various forms, but there is a notable trend that has oils, supplements, and topical creams with CBD as the main active ingredient. Doctors also prefer to treat patients with CBD over THC for pain relief due to the lack of psychoactive side effects. While synthetic drugs may be more effective in treating pain relief, they are not natural like the cannabis plant. When it comes to pain relief, CBD triumphs over THC. That being said, both high-THC and high-CBD products are readily available in Canada so why not visit your local dispensary to try them out yourself!