How to Use Medical Marijuana for Pain Relief Without Getting High: A Comprehensive Guide


The use of medical marijuana for pain management has grown exponentially in recent years, offering an alternative to traditional opioid medications. However, one of the major concerns is the psychoactive effects, commonly known as the ‘high,’ associated with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This blog post aims to explore how you can use medical marijuana for pain relief without experiencing these psychoactive effects.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Components: THC vs CBD
  2. The Role of the Endocannabinoid System
  3. Options for Pain Relief Without the High
  4. Recommended Ways to Consume CBD
  5. Precautions and Side Effects
  6. Conclusion

1. Understanding the Components: THC vs CBD

Medical marijuana contains over 100 cannabinoids, but THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most well-known. THC is the component that produces psychoactive effects, while CBD is non-psychoactive and is often used for therapeutic purposes[^1^].

2. The Role of the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system in our bodies plays a vital role in regulating various physiological functions, including pain sensation. CBD interacts with this system, potentially reducing pain without causing psychoactive effects[^2^].

3. Options for Pain Relief Without the High

CBD Oils

Pure CBD oils offer a straightforward method for pain relief. They can be taken sublingually or incorporated into meals.

CBD Capsules

Capsules offer a convenient way to consume CBD in a controlled dosage.

CBD Topicals

These include creams, balms, and ointments applied directly to the skin, ideal for localized pain relief[^3^].

CBD-Infused Patches

Transdermal patches allow for continuous release of CBD throughout the day, providing long-lasting pain relief.

4. Recommended Ways to Consume CBD

Sublingual Administration

CBD oils can be administered under the tongue for fast absorption and quick relief.


While it takes longer for the effects to kick in, edibles offer prolonged relief.


Though commonly associated with THC, CBD can also be vaporized for fast-acting relief without psychoactive effects.

5. Precautions and Side Effects

Consult a healthcare provider before starting any CBD treatment. Although generally considered safe, potential side effects may include dry mouth, dizziness, and digestive issues[^4^].

6. Conclusion

CBD provides an option for those seeking pain relief without experiencing the psychoactive effects commonly associated with medical marijuana. Always consult your healthcare provider for a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.

Academic Sources:

  1. Russo, E. B. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. British Journal of Pharmacology.
  2. Pertwee, R. G. (2008). The diverse CB1 and CB2 receptor pharmacology of three plant cannabinoids: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin. British Journal of Pharmacology.
  3. Maida, V., & Corban, J. (2017). Topical Medical Cannabinoids: A Promising Option for the Treatment of Chronic Pain. Journal of Pain Management.
  4. Iffland, K., & Grotenhermen, F. (2017). An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

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