Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to simply as CBD, has been getting a lot of attention in the media and medical world lately.
CBD is everywhere, and with good reason. It’s been proven to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, inflammation, pain, and many other conditions. But when it comes to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), things get a little quieter. Since this is the psychoactive component in the cannabis plant (the cannabinoid that produces the “high”), people tend to demonize it and overlook its medical potential. However, a recent study indicates that THC might have even more therapeutic benefits than CBD.
THC benefits are greater than what we used to believe before
The study was conducted by Psychology Associate Professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and Economics Assistant Professor Sarah See Stith, both from the University of New Mexico. It was published on Tuesday, February 26, in the Scientific Reports Journal. According to their research, “THC exhibited the strongest correlation with therapeutic relief, compared to the more socially acceptable chemical found in cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol).”
They measured 27 different symptom categories ranging from depression to seizure activity and found that dried cannabis flower high in THC provided immediate symptom relief in most of the cases. Overall, smokable high-THC flower was the most commonly used product and showed greater symptom improvement than other methods of consumption. They gathered this information through the Releaf App, the largest database tracking medical cannabis use in the country.
“Despite the conventional wisdom, both in the popular press and much of the scientific community that only CBD has medical benefits while THC merely makes one high, our results suggest that THC may be more important than CBD in generating therapeutic benefits. In our study, CBD appears to have little effect at all, while THC generates measurable improvements in symptom relief. These findings justify the immediate de-scheduling of all types of cannabis, in addition to hemp, so that cannabis with THC can be more widely accessible for pharmaceutical use by the general public,” said Vigil.
While it may seem like groundbreaking news – and in a way it definitely is – this is something that cannabis users have been saying for a very long time. The study authors do warn that there are risks of impairment and the therapeutic effects might not be the same for everyone. However, this speaks volumes to the fact that THC (or rather, all legitimate products and compounds related to the cannabis plant) can have many benefits and should be decriminalized and studied.
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