By: Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.

You’ve heard of CBD but you may be asking: why is there THC in my topical?

As Mitch Earleywine Ph.D. puts it, “research reveals that cannabinoids can help pain and inflammation. Generally, THC might have the edge for most types of pain while CBD may be better for some kinds of inflammation.” Data reveal that both THC and CBD have both analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Nevertheless, THC is likely the better analgesic and CBD likely the better anti-inflammatory. Evidence for CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects is reviewed here. A stellar review of cannabinoids’ impact on inflammation is here. Relevant to arthritis, this animal study shows the effects of CBD for both inflammation and pain.