CBD & THC For Joint Pain
The entourage effect of CBD & THC for joint pain.
How Cannabis Works
Most joint pain is caused by inflammation, which is the body’s biological response to injury and a defense against diseases. A lot of things cause inflammation: twisting an ankle, repetitive movement, a breakdown in your immune system and degenerative joint damage are common.
Cannabis for Arthritis
The body releases chemicals in the bloodstream in an attempt to protect the joints. It works to heal wounds, but it can also play a role in some chronic diseases. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other joint-related ailments are overwhelmed with inflammation. Cannabis has a well-deserved reputation for reducing inflammation. It is twice as effective as hydrocortisone and twenty times more effective than aspirin.1
THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect. It is one of over 100 compounds in cannabis called cannabinoids. THC has been shown to calm the immune system and deactivate inflammatory proteins. It essentially acts as an analgesic (painkiller).
The “Entourage Effect”
World-renowned neurologist and cannabinoid researcher Dr. Ethan Russo has theorized that THC, CBD and all the other compounds found in cannabis work together. He refers to this as the “entourage effect,” meaning the compounds act in concert to create a synergistic effect.
This theory places great value on the medicinal value of the whole plant, not single isolated compounds like we are used to in Western medicine.
CBD Busy at Work
THC has often overshadowed some other very important cannabinoids, like CBD, cannabidiol.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It does not make you feel intoxicated or “high,” but has received a great deal of positive press due to its ability to reduce seizures. It has beneficial properties ranging far beyond simply helping prevent seizures, from helping people to sleep, to reducing anxiety and nausea.
CBD has been shown to have a dampening effect on the anxiety that can sometimes be produced by THC. For some users, this takes makes the experience a bit less anxiety-producing.
At the most basic level, these two chemicals act in tandem to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you select just the right combination.
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Will cannabis help with arthritis?
Are topical ointments the best treatment method?
Cannabis-infused lotions, creams and balms provide an effective dose of cannabinoid medicines directly to a localized area. This fights pain and inflammation directly at the source. Continue reading
How does cannabis treat joint pain?
THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, shuts down inflammatory proteins and calms the immune system. CBD does not produce euphoria, but promotes relaxation and increased pain relief. Continue reading
What is the primary difference between CBD and THC?
CBD is a component in cannabis that provides many medicinal benefits but does not cause a psychoactive “high.” THC is the ingredient in cannabis that creates the euphoric side effect. Continue reading
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Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.