THC: This is the compound in weed that gets you high. It’s been shown to relieve pain and nausea, stimulate appetite (duh), and have a protective effect on the brain. Be careful to check the percentage of THC in products. It can range from 4% to 19% or higher. Those larger percentages (or larger doses) can make you paranoid or anxious.

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CBD: This is the other main compound in cannabis. It doesn’t contribute to your high, but it does appear to have a myriad of medicinal effects. It can be an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. It also seems to reduce anxiety and might help you get a better night’s sleep. When taken in combination with THC, it could mellow out any ill-effects you might normally get from smoking weed. Some states have legalized CBD-only products to treat severe epilepsy and other serious medical conditions.

Other cannabinoids: In certain states, compounds like CBN, CBG, and more may be included among the ingredients—these are generally present in very small amounts but can also have beneficial effects.

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