If you’ve followed the Papa & Barkley story, you know that it began when founder Adam Grossman set out to help his father manage his debilitating back pain. Since then, our family of trusted and award-winning THC and CBD wellness products such as Releaf Balm have helped many Americans manage inflammation and discomfort of various types.

Cannabis and hemp work as well inside our bodies as they do outside them. And while we believe that concerns regarding cannabis and mental illness should be taken seriously, a growing body of research on cannabis health suggests that the measured and intentional use of cannabis can help support our mental and emotional health. Here’s what we know so far.

What Does THC Do to the Brain?

Cannabis and Mental Health: What Does THC Do to the Brain?

We’ve written before about THC and CBD, the major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is being investigated for several therapeutic uses, and has been shown to help fight muscle discomfort among several other physical benefits. But this cannabinoid is also known to help foster feelings of euphoria and sensory enhancement that many claim is beneficial for supporting their day-to-day mental wellness.

In comparison, CBD wellness products work differently. While CBD is technically psychoactive, it does not produce the same sensory experiences that THC does, and most people report at most a gentle cerebral “buzz.” Numerous studies have demonstrated CBD’s effectiveness in reducing stress. Other research on cannabis and mood suggest that when used in moderation, cannabis can support emotional wellbeing.