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Effects of CBD and THC


CBD and THC are the main cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. While there are other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC, CBD and THC are by far the most abundant.

CBD and THC have overlapping and similar effects. They also work synergistically together. This is what’s called the entourage effect. Perhaps the most notable quality of the synergistic relationship of THC and CBD is that CBD seems to counteract the intoxicating properties of THC. This is one of the reasons people like to use both cannabinoids together in equal proportions.

No matter how you plan to use CBD and THC, it’s important you know their effects.

THC Effects

  • Psychoactive – produces a “high”
  • Sedating/relaxing
  • Pain relieving
  • Muscle relaxing
  • Reduces nausea/vomiting
  • Appetite stimulating
  • Helps with sleep
  • Reduces anxiety/depression
  • Anti-tumor effects

CBD Effects

  • Non-psychoactive – no “high”
  • Alerting in low doses; sedating in high doses (this is called the biphasic effect of CBD)
  • Pain relieving
  • Muscle relaxing
  • Strong anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces nausea/vomiting
  • Reduces anxiety/depression
  • Stops psychotic thoughts
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-convulsant
  • Neuro-protectant
  • Anti-tumor effects


Goldstein, B. (2016). Cannabis revealed: how the world’s most misunderstood plant is healing everything from chronic pain to epilepsy. 

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