Hemp CBD or Marijuana – Which Should You Choose for Chronic Pain?

Cynthia Covert
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Cynthia Covert

Choosing between hemp CBD and marijuana for chronic pain relief is not as simple as you might think. Many people think that the only difference is that CBD does not contain the psychoactive property of cannabis, THC. But that is just one difference. 

Hemp CBD and cannabis have different properties. While there are some forms of chronic pain that both relieve, there are some pains that are better addressed with one or the other. 

Here are a few things that should be considered when deciding between the two.   


Cannabis contains many cannabinoids. Both THC and CBD cannabidiol are found in marijuana and CBD products. The only difference is that the amount of THC allowed in hemp CBD products is below .3%. THC and CBD percentages found in cannabis vary between strains.

CBD is non-psychoactive, while THC is psychoactive. Meaning that THC will get you high and CBD will not. 

Hemp CBD Pain Relief Versus THC

Each of these cannabidiols addresses a wide range of chronic pain and symptoms. I began treating chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and endometriosis with CBD and THC in 2013. That was after a decade of failed pharmaceutical pain relief treatments. Desperate for relief and having recently moved where medicinal marijuana was legal, I was ready to give it a try. 

Here is how they have helped me for the past eight years.

CBD products relieve muscle tension and joint pain. Hemp CBD relaxes my mind and body making it possible to sleep. 

THC products do the same as hemp CBD with a few exceptions. In addition to relieving muscle and joint pain, THC also relieves nerve pain. The worst of my nerve pain is the result of a surgical error that cannot be fixed. Sativa dominate cannabis strains are the only ones that I have experienced relief from for that issue. 

CBD products are my go-to relief from anxiety attacks. Whereas, THC can sometimes make them worse depending on the strain.

Choosing a Form of CBD

The form of hemp CBD and cannabis you use makes a huge difference. A CBD or THC topical is not going to help me sleep unless the pain that is keeping me awake is one that can be relieved by rubbing a balm or lotion on. In an oral form, CBD is amazing for relaxing both my body and mind. Oral THC products on the other hand vary by the strain. 

Topical products are great for muscle, joint, and topical nerve pain. Oral products are best for fighting nausea, deep tissue pain, and inflammation throughout your entire body.

Another thing to consider when choosing between CBD and THC is how quickly do you need relief and how long do you want it to last. Topical products provide immediate relief. Oral products can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours to take full effect.

Relief from both depends on the quality of the product and your level of pain when applied or taken. Smoking, dry vaping hemp CBD or marijuana flower, or vaping concentrates provides immediate relief that dissipates much sooner than consuming in an oil or edible form. CBD and THC edibles and oils gift me with all-night relief that other forms are unable to provide. 

Availability and Affordability of CBD and THC

The first thing you check is whether CBD and/or THC are legal where you reside. While the number of states legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana continues to grow, cannabis remains illegal on the Federal level of the United States government. Hemp CBD containing less than .3% THC was removed from the United State’s Controlled Substance Act thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The affordability of each product varies. I have tried both inexpensive and outrageously priced products. My verdict is that price is not a determining factor on whether or not a product is highly effective for chronic pain relief. I have experienced both great and not-so-great results from both lower and higher-priced products.

I define affordability by the following factors:
  • How well it relieves pain
  • The type of pain it relieves
  • How long the relief lasts
  • The amount of product needed to achieve desired results

With that being said, Mayv’s CBD products hit the mark on affordability. Their CBD Balm is fairly priced compared to many others that I have tried. However, it provides a long-lasting and effective pain relief than many other brands have not. A little balm goes a long way.

I have also tried Mayv’s CBD Tincture. Price-wise, this product falls in the middle of what I have tried in the past. As for quality and effectiveness, this product is just as strong and effective as some of the higher-priced products. It relaxes muscles and calms my mind allowing me to fall asleep quickly.

Final Thoughts

Do not let the failure of one CBD product be the end of your quest for chronic pain relief. Remember that both THC and CBD are available in a vast array of strains. Each one may provide different results. 

I do not use just one form of CBD or cannabis. Which form I use depends on the type of pain I am experiencing, the intensity of pain, and how long I need the relief to last. 

Whether you are new to CBD and cannabis or have been utilizing them both for years, always start with a low dose and work your way up as you learn what your personal tolerance for that particular product is. 


Cynthia Covert
Written by
Cynthia Covert

Cynthia Covert was diagnosed with psoriasis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and endometriosis in that order between 2001-2004. Then she had a botched hysterectomy in 2005. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to find ways to make living with multiple chronic conditions easier and less painful. After a decade of failed pain management from pharmaceutical medications, she began treating her chronic pain with CBD, cannabis, and other alternative treatments. When not sharing her experience and tips for living better despite chronic pain on her blog, she likes spending time at Disneyland and on the beach. You can follow her at TheDisabledDivaBlog.com Facebook @thedisableddiva  Twitter: @TheDisabledDiv.     Instagram @the_disabled_diva  Pinterest @thedisableddiva.

This article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice from your physician or health provider for your specific needs.

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