We all know that CBD or Cannabidiol is lauded as a medical miracle cannabinoid, and that’s not wrong. CBD is great and certainly helps many, many people but I’ve been hearing a lot of negativity about another popular cannabinoid, THC.

Lately, I’m hearing a lot of people downplaying the medicinal effects of THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol), because it gets you ‘high’. Just because THC has the ability to get one high, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have medicinal benefits.

THC has been known to work as an analgesic, help combat nausea, protect brain cells, help with insomnia, and increase appetite (just to name a few).

Try and tell our Canadian veterans that they should only be using CBD to treat her PTSD, and see what kind reception you get.

THC is also necessary in small amounts to aid in the entourage effect – the idea that all parts of the plant work better together.

I’ve talked to a lot of people out there who tell me they won’t use THC because it gets you high, but as soon as I ask, “have you ever used THC?” The answer is almost always, “no.” So, let’s talk about what being ‘high’ actually means?

First of all, let’s get one thing crystal clear, being high is not being drunk, in fact, it’s the opposite of being drunk. If I was going to describe the effects of THC, I would liken it to a release, kind of like getting into a warm bath. You know, that ahhhhhh feeling.

It’s not scary, it’s quite pleasant!

You are in control of yourself, and may even find that you are more energetic, have more creativity, and heck, you may even get in a really great nap – just make sure you aren’t at work!

Plus, there’s a bonus to THC – there’s an antidote!

If you have had too much THC, simply chew on a few peppercorns and relax in quiet room. I can almost guarantee you will be absolutely fine.

I guess there’s an antidote to an alcohol overdose as well – if you call vomiting an antidote.

So the next time someone poopoos THC, tell them there’s a lot of benefits to that cannabinoid that seems to be the ugly duckling.

— Written by Hart Steinfeld, co-host of the Cannabis Show.

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