New study reveals therapeutic benefits of THC


A new study out of the University of New Mexico has created a buzz around the wide range of medicinal benefits THC may offer marijuana consumers. The study was published last month in the journal Scientific Reports, and can be read in its entirety here.

The researchers reviewed 20,000 user sessions and 27 symptom categories entered into the popular app, ReLeaf, the largest database of the effects of marijuana in the U.S.

“Despite the conventional wisdom, both in the popular press and much of the scientific community, that only CBD has medical benefits while THC merely makes one high, our results suggest that THC may be more important than CBD in generating therapeutic benefits. In our study, CBD appears to have little effect at all, while THC generates measurable improvements in symptom relief. These findings justify the immediate de-scheduling of all types of cannabis, in addition to hemp, so that cannabis with THC can be more widely accessible for pharmaceutical use by the general public.” — Jacob Miguel Vigil, study co-author, via EurekAlert

The study also revealed that dried flower was the most commonly used marijuana product, and generally associated with greater symptom relief than other types of cannabis products.

Read the full study