According to a study on mice, the drug Neurontin (gabapentin) may have a positive interaction with THC, making it more effective against a type of pain called allodynia and for a longer span of time.
When buying CBD, look for companies that have had their products tested at third-party laboratories and make the lab reports available to you. (You may need to ask.) They should also display a valid Certificate of Analysis on their website or in their store.
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in the Cannabis plant, which is the source of hemp and marijuana. While scientists have identified at least 113 different chemicals in the plant, two have become popular for treating pain plus a wide variety of conditions and symptoms, including cancer, inflammation, and mental illnesses:
Possible Side Effects
Even if medical or recreational marijuana is legal where you live, certain jobs may not allow you to use these products. Be sure to check company policies before using cannabinoids.
With growing bodies of evidence for multiple beneficial medical effects, you might wonder why medical marijuana and cannabinoids aren’t FDA-approved. The issue is that research is still in its early stages, and the FDA requires large studies, including hundreds of participants, that evaluate both the effectiveness and the safety of those drugs for the specific group of people it’ll be used for.
People with kidney or liver disease and elderly people should be closely monitored by a doctor while taking cannabinoids.
CBD products can’t legally contain more than 0.3% THC, so these products shouldn’t cause you to fail a drug test (as long as the company selling it is preparing, testing, and labeling the product correctly).
But it’s not yet proven to help many of these conditions, with a few exceptions, Bonn-Miller says.
The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the “high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.
How does it help?
National Conference of State Legislatures: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”
Department of Health and Human Services.
Why hasn’t more research been done? One reason is that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, and likely to be abused and lacking in medical value. Because of that, researchers need a special license to study it, says Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, a substance abuse specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
“A low dose of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity when compared to placebo.”
However, while Marinol does contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound is both synthetic and isolated.
#2.) Eases Nausea & Vomiting
Reefer madness led a lot of people to believe that cannabis consumption kills brain cells. However, the reality is this could not be further from the truth.
Some research even suggests that THC can protect spatial memories.
Studies show that the cannabis compound activates pathways in the central nervous system that block pain signals from being sent to the brain.