How to use THC gummies for pain? Research shows that cannabinoids like delta 9 THC and delta 8 THC exhibit well-demonstrated beneficial effects on the brain and body for pain management. This article explores the pros and cons of using THC gummies to reduce pain, dosing tips, and choosing the suitable THC gummy for you.
What Are THC Gummies?
THC gummies are edible hemp products infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main active psychotropic compound in cannabis.
Some brands coat or spray their THC gummies, but Mr. Hemp Flower infuses the cannabinoid extract directly into the recipe. This way, the gummy contains an evenly distributed THC infusion rather than an outside thin layer of coating.
Are THC Gummies Legal?
Yes, the THC gummies we offer are legal.
There are two types of tetrahydrocannabinol gummies on the market: marijuana-infused and hemp-infused. The legal type of gummies is infused with 0.3% THC extracted from federally legal hemp and can be bought in every state where hemp-derived products are legal.
The illegal type of THC gummies is made from marijuana-derived THC and is legal only in a few states that permit adult-use cannabis.
Types of THC Gummies for Pain
- Inflammatory pain (caused by inflammation)
- Neuropathic pain (nerve damage pain)
- Nociplastic (pain caused by damage to body tissue)
- Mixed pain (low back pain)
The plant’s cannabinoids appear to alleviate pain by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors located on peripheral nerves that detect pain sensations .
The most well-researched THC cannabinoids are delta 9 THC and delta 8 THC, which are commonly infused in cannabis edibles.
Delta 9 THC Gummies
Delta 9 THC gummies are infused with legal, hemp-derived delta 9 THC. According to a 2009 study, delta 9 THC can help people experiencing nerve pain (chronic central neuropathic pain) and pain from fibromyalgia .
In the study, researchers gave the patients 7.5 mg delta 9 THC over seven months and noticed reduced opioid use, improved quality of life — and, most importantly, reduced pain intensity. The drawbacks of THC use were the side effects experienced by 25% of the tested patients, who reported dizziness, tiredness, and increased appetite .
Mr. Hemp Flower offers legal Delta 9 THC Gummies made from federally compliant hemp and infused with 10 mg delta 9 THC. We use 100% organic, vegan-friendly ingredients and infuse the extract directly into the recipe.
Our gummies are delicious (Blue Raspberry and Watermelon flavor) and have a chewy texture that makes them the perfect snack. These gummies do have mind-altering effects and will relax your body and stimulate your brain at the same time. If you need a stronger option, check out our 25 mg Delta 9 THC Gummies.
Delta 8 THC Gummies
Delta 8 THC gummies are infused with legal, hemp-derived delta 8 THC.
Research shows that delta 8 THC can help with certain types of pain. This cannabinoid also binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain and interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a key role in pain management. One animal study showed that delta 8 THC helps with pain and inflammation in mice with corneal injury .
Infused with hemp-derived delta 8 THC, our Delta 8 THC Gummies come in several doses, including 10 mg, 20 mg, 50 mg, and the special edition of 25 mg delta 8 THC per gummy.
Our gummies are vegan-friendly and contain 100% pure ingredients and several delicious flavors. Compared to delta 9 gummies, delta 8 gummies tend to cause milder, more soothing effects with less anxiousness.
The effects of THCP on pain haven’t been studied yet, but because it affects the same receptors THC does in the brain, it likely helps with pain.
The Mr. Hemp Flower THCP + Delta 9 THC Gummies are some of the most potent gummies on the market. THCP is known as the strongest naturally occurring hemp cannabinoid discovered to date, so if you’re looking for something new, check them out.
It’s worth noting that cannabinoids don’t help with all types of pain.
A recent study (not yet peer-reviewed) revealed that people who used cannabis (marijuana) 30 days before surgery experienced 14% more pain within the first 24 hours after surgery. These patients also consumed 7% more opioids after the surgery than non-cannabis users. This means more research is needed on the potential benefits of cannabinoids for pain management .
Dosing THC Gummies for Pain — How Much to Take?
An accepted, standard dose of THC gummies for pain doesn’t exist, but several studies provide some guidelines. A 2021 study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research revealed a routine protocol for treating chronic pain (known as modified Delphi process) adopted by experts across multiple countries .
Before we explain how the process goes, it’s important to note that this protocol is used on diagnosed chronic pain patients who use cannabis as a treatment prescribed by medical doctors — and the outcome of the treatment is monitored directly by them. If you are dealing with pain, please consult a medical professional regarding the proper THC dosage for you.
The routine treatment protocol accepted by experts starts with a cannabidiol (CBD) dose of 5 mg twice a day. The dose is later adjusted and increased for 10 mg CBD every 2 to 3 days until achieving 40 mg CBD a day .
At 40 mg/day, the patient may start adding THC to the routine. Clinicians recommend beginning with a 2.5 mg dose of THC and increasing the dose by 2.5 mg every 2 to 7 days until 40 mg a day of THC is achieved.
For example, one can start with Mr. Hemp Flower’s Full Spectrum CBD Oil, and once the optimal dosage is reached, they can continue with the Delta 9 THC gummies (10mg or 25 mg). The cannabinoids are directly infused into the formula, so you can split the gummy in two and enjoy an equal amount.
The conservative protocol also starts with a CBD dose of 5 mg and continues with the increase of CBD for 10 mg every 2 to 3 days until reaching 40 mg CBD a day .
Then, clinicians recommend adding THC to the treatment (1 mg). The increase of THC in this treatment protocol is slow, by 1 mg every 7 days, until achieving the maximum daily dose of 40 mg THC per day.
The rapid protocol includes starting with a balanced THC:CBD ratio of 2.5 mg to 5 mg of each cannabinoid once or twice daily. Every 2 to 3 days, they recommend an increase of 2.5 mg to 5 mg of THC and CBD, respectively, until reaching the maximum dose of 40 mg per day .
- When dosing THC for pain, start with the lowest possible dose (1 mg or 2.5 mg). Increase the dose every 2 to 3 days until reaching the optimal for your body.
- To counteract some of the side effects of THC, take CBD at a 1:1 ratio.
- Gummies take a while to work, so please wait for their effects to peak (1h to 1h 30 min.).
- Don’t take more gummies than necessary. On average, gummies take 30 minutes to start working, so don’t pop another one before the effects peak.
- The 5 mg THC gummies can provide solid pain relief with less mind altering properties, while 10 mg and 20 mg can provide stronger pain relief but with more side effects.
- A dosage above 50 mg may provide incredible pain relief but also cause more severe side effects in most people, like increased anxiousness and paranoia.
Side Effects of THC Gummies
Clinicians recommend starting with a very low dose of THC for chronic pain, and for a good reason — to get the body and brain used to the substance.
They recommend a maximum daily dose of 40 mg THC (mixed with an equal amount of CBD) for pain. This is because taking too high a dose as a beginner and not adjusting the dose properly can lead to severe side effects caused by THC. Studies show that long-term use (or use in high doses) of THC can lead to:
- Memory loss
- Impaired cognitive abilities
- Increased anxiousness
- Disorientation and dissociation
It’s also important to know that taking THC regularly, or in high doses, as an adolescent leads to an increased probability of developing a paranoid disorder (most commonly schizophrenia) at an older age. Chronic THC use can also negatively affect heart health and contribute to the loss of gray matter in the brain, especially in young adults or people younger than 25 [7, 8].
Do THC Gummies Make You Feel Intoxicated?
Yes, THC gummies make you intoxicated.
THC is the main active intoxicating cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It causes mind-altering effects by interacting with the CB1 receptors in the brain. These receptors are abundantly found throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.
THC or CBD Gummies for Pain Management?
It depends on what you’re looking for.
CBD and THC are the two most well-researched cannabinoids — and they both tend to bring pain relief in different ways. Anecdotal evidence shows that they are both used for pain at a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio, for example, 20 mg of THC together with 20/40 mg of CBD.
THC may alleviate pain by interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors to decrease pain signaling and perception. While THC changes the way the body perceives pain intensity, CBD may relieve pain by stimulating an anti-inflammatory response that reduces pain by activating the brain’s reward system. This means that CBD may be more appropriate for arthritis pain, while THC is for nerve pain.
According to a 2015 review, cannabinoids may help with treating certain types of chronic pain, particularly neuropathic (nerve) pain. Another study found that cannabinoids decrease the frequency of migraine pain [9, 10].
But, there’s a need for more research in the area of cannabinoid use for chronic pain. A 2022 review published in JAMA Network Open reviewed studies that explored the relationship between cannabinoids like CBD and THC (and placebo) and pain .
The review included 1,459 people out of which, the majority had neuropathic pain from multiple sclerosis. The authors of the review concluded that the participants reported similar levels of pain relief whether they used cannabinoids or placebo, indicating that the benefits of cannabis occur because the patients believe the plant helps relieve pain .
Where to Buy THC Gummies for Pain?
Mr. Hemp Flower is the leading provider of federally compliant, legal THC gummies. We make our gummies using 100% vegan-friendly, organic ingredients and pure cannabinoid extracts.
Unlike other brands, we don’t spray or coat our gummies with the cannabinoid extract but infuse it directly into the recipe so it blends and distributes evenly.
Our gummies are available in various dosages and flavors to suit both beginners and novel THC users. Every formula is tested by a third-party lab and comes with a Certificate of Analysis displayed on each individual product page.
What is the strongest THC gummies for pain?
The strongest THC gummies for pain are the 25 mg Delta 9 THC Gummies by Mr. Hemp Flower. This organic product is delicious (Strawberry-Lime flavor), federally compliant, and most potent on the market at 25 mg THC.
What gummies are best for pain?
The full spectrum CBD & THC gummies by Mr. Hemp Flower are the best gummies for pain on the market. These potent gummies (25 mg THC) are organically made and come with a Certificate of Analysis.
What is the best gummy for joint pain?
According to studies, both THC and CBD gummies are great for joint pain. Mr. Hemp Flower is the leading provider of quality CBD-infused and THC-infused gummies tested by a third-party lab.
Do gummies help with pain?
Research shows that CBD and THC gummies show potential for pain relief. All edibles, including gummies, have a delayed onset of effects, so it takes about 30 minutes on average to experience pain relief from cannabinoid gummies.