THC vs. CBD. Is a Higher Dose Better to Age Gracefully?

“A higher dose (of cannabis) does NOT necessarily give you a better outcome. You can use cannabis very safely and effectively without having that intoxicating effect. It can be done without feeling high.”
Rhea Jacobsen DPT, MS


In this episode of Grandma and Her Gummies, host Steve is joined by Rhea Jacobson, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience and a focus on cannabis education for active adults. Rhea shares stories from her patients and seminars on cannabis and aging, offering valuable tips and words of wisdom. Tune in to learn more about safe and effective cannabis use for better sleep, pain relief, and overall improved quality of life. Don’t miss out on this educational and fun episode!

A Personal and Family Story.

Rhea shares a personal story about her mother’s experience with cannabis, specifically CBD. Her mother initially had concerns about cannabis use due to societal stigma, but she decided to try CBD pills for her arthritic pain. She highlights the positive impact CBD had on her mother’s pain management, as evidenced by the increased pain when she stopped using it and had to resort to opioids.  Rhea also explains the importance of informing healthcare professionals about CBD use, as it can interact with certain medications.

Steve and Rhea discuss the concept of CBD’s effects being more about what you ‘don’t feel’ anymore rather than an immediate sensation like one gets with THC. This highlights the subtlety of CBD’s impact and the need for consistent use and monitoring with a daily log to finding your therapeutic dosage and maximizing the benefits fully.

You Don’t Have to Get High to Get Better

One of the biggest concerns for active adults when it comes to using cannabis is the fear of feeling high. Many older adults are hesitant to try cannabis because they associate it with the psychoactive effects commonly associated with marijuana. However, the podcast emphasizes that there are ways to use cannabis without feeling intoxicated. This information is crucial in debunking misconceptions and providing reassurance to those who may be interested in exploring cannabis as a potential treatment option.

The podcast also shares success stories of individuals who have found relief from chronic pain and other conditions with medical cannabis. One client was able to reduce her opioid medication significantly by incorporating cannabis into her pain management regimen. This is particularly significant considering the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States. By reducing the reliance on opioids, medical cannabis offers a safer alternative for pain management.

Another success story involves a woman who developed tardive dyskinesia, a condition characterized by abnormal body movements. Despite being on Parkinson’s medications, she found little relief until she started adding CBD to her medication regimen. The addition of CBD helped calm her body and alleviate her symptoms. This story highlights the potential of cannabis, specifically CBD, in complementing traditional medications and improving quality of life for individuals with certain conditions.

Start Low, Be Patient, Track Your Progress

The podcast also addresses the importance of considering medication interactions when using cannabis. The host emphasizes the need for individuals to inform their physicians about their cannabis use, as certain medications may be affected by the presence of CBD or THC. Consulting a healthcare provider before incorporating cannabis into a medical routine is crucial because healthcare providers can provide guidance on dosage, potential interactions with other medications, and monitor the individual’s progress.

The discussion also focuses on the biphasic effect of cannabis, where different doses can have opposite effects. For example, a lower dose of THC may help with anxiety, while a higher dose can increase anxiety. A lower dose of CBD may be alerting while higher doses can have a sedative effect. This reinforces the importance of starting low with your dosage, track it daily in a log, slowly increase until you find the right dosage for you. Try to find your ‘Therapeutic Dose’ which is the amount you need to find relief for your issues (chronic pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, etc.) but not too much to get you high. As Rhea says: “You can use cannabis very safely and effectively without having that intoxicating effect. It can be done without feeling high.”

In conclusion, the podcast “Grandma and Her Gummies” promotes the message of “Consult your doctor, start low, track your progress and be patient” when considering cannabis as a treatment option. By encouraging open communication with healthcare providers, starting with low dosages, and being patient by tracking your progress, individuals can navigate the world of cannabis effectively and safely. For more inspirational stories and quality CBD products, go to https://grandmaandhergummies.com/.

At key points in this episode, you will learn about:

  • [02:24] A personal story of her mom and CBD.
  • [06:20] Cannabis can alleviate various conditions.
  • [12:36] Trends and conditions for cannabis use.
  • [18:50] Start low, go slow. Cannabis is much stronger now.
  • [22:41] Great news. Cannabis rescheduling is coming.


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