While the cannabis industry is slowly but surely dismantling the stigmas surrounding the plant and its appreciators, there’s still an awfully long way to go before your average American realizes the true potential of this magical herb. Cannabis isn’t just for helping you unwind. It’s a green healing machine. And THC in particular is so much more than being the compound in cannabis mostly responsible for getting you high. THC has in fact been proven to help with various health issues.
With all the talk around how great CBD is—and it really is—for alleviating certain ailments, the medicinal properties of THC aren’t championed nearly enough.
There are various reasons for this (THC’s in-flux legal status, the aforementioned stigma of getting stoned, lack of government-funded research), but we’ll instead focus here on how THC can help improve your health—specifically, how THC can help you manage pain.
The THC basics
Let’s be clear what we’re discussing first: Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common cannabinoid (cannabis compound) found in hemp and cannabis plants.
If you’ve ever felt euphoric after consuming a cannabis product, you probably had THC to thank for that. But THC is also known to help tackle chronic pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and muscle spasms.
How does THC work in the body?
Cannabinoids bind to receptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS), essentially cajoling it into action. Your ECS plays a large role in several body functions, including balance, sleep, appetite and pain management.
ECS receptors are found all over your body and brain. When THC binds with receptors in your brain, that’s when the blissful magic happens.
THC and pain
THC has a threefold approach to relieving the feeling of pain. First, its binding to certain receptors in your nervous and immune systems helps target pain at the source, often acting as an anti-inflammatory.Secondly, it can help lessen the actual pain sensation—essentially allowing your body to tolerate more discomfort without your brain realizing it.