May 13, 2022

When NOT To Use CBD, THC, Or D8

While there are many good reasons to use CBD, THC, or D8 — there are also times when you should probably avoid them. Or you might want to opt for one over the other.

But, how do you know when NOT to use each cannabinoid? Here is a quick guide to help you decide when to pass on CBD, THC, or D8. Plus what you can do instead.

General Precautions For Cannabis Consumption

Keep in mind that everyone's situation is different, so it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before making any decisions about using CBD, THC, or D8.

That said, cannabis products are usually not recommended for people who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding or nursing
  • Minors
  • Having surgery soon

Cannabis can interact with some medications and supplements. It’s also contraindicated for certain medical conditions. So, again, if you’ve got existing health issues or are taking any meds or supplements on the regular — check in with your doctor about adding cannabis into the plan.

When NOT To Use CBD

CBD is generally considered safe and people take it for many different reasons, from reducing anxiety to relieving pain. However, there are some situations when CBD should not be used, such as:

  • It’s contraindicated for you or you’re likely to have an interaction with other drugs/supplements you take.
  • You’re allergic or sensitive to the other ingredients used in (or in the making of) the CBD product.
  • It’s illegal for you to use. (State laws vary related to the amount of THC in the CBD product.)
  • You definitely want a noticeable cannabuzz.

Remember, too, that there are multiple types of CBD and each can have different effects. Full- and broad-spectrum CBD have at least trace quantities of THC, which could produce some of the effects associated with THC. (We’ll get to that in the next section!).

What To Try Instead Of CBD

Anyone with a medical condition should talk about appropriate options with a primary care physician.

If you're looking for:

  • Natural stress reduction. Consider herbal teas, meditation, and aromatherapy.
  • Pain relief. Consider yoga, stretching, physical therapy, or massage therapy.
  • A psychoactive experience. Consider THC or delta-8-THC products for a more traditional cannabis experience.

When NOT To Use THC

THC is the main psychoactive compound of cannabis, so it can get you high. You’ll want to avoid this cannabinoid if:

  • It’s contraindicated for you or you’re likely to have an interaction with other drugs/supplements you take.
  • You have a history of psychosis or schizophrenia.
  • You’re allergic or sensitive to the other ingredients used in (or in the making of) the THC product.
  • It’s illegal for you to use. (State laws vary.)
  • Might be a no-brainer, but we'll say it anyway: You need to be clear-headed, such as before driving. Or when you're headed to work.
  • You have to take a drug test.

Like we mentioned in the previous section, don’t forget that some forms of CBD also contain some THC. And most THC products will have CBD in them as well.)

What To Try Instead Of THC

THC isn't for everyone. And even if it is for you, it's not something you might want all the time.

If you're looking for:

  • A daily wellness ritual. Consider CBD if you want the potential benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.
  • Stress relief. Consider herbal teas, meditation, exercising, creative endeavors, and aromatherapy.
  • A more low-key psychoactive experience. Consider delta-8-THC for a milder high, or even a full-spectrum CBD for an even milder, but potentially light psychoactive experience. Some people enjoy layering CBD and D8 products as well.

When NOT To Use D8

Delta-8 — THC's calmer cousin — is a cannabinoid on everyone's lips these days. Wondering if it's right for you? It could be, but look elsewhere if:

  • It’s contraindicated for you or it’ll interact with your other meds/supplements.
  • You’re allergic or sensitive to the other ingredients used in (or in the making of) the delta-8 product.
  • It’s illegal for you to use. (State laws vary.)
  • You need to be clear-headed for operating machinery, driving, or work.
  • You have a drug screening soon.

Delta-8 can be made from marijuana or hemp, so that’s something else to consider. Your D8’s origins can impact its cannabinoid profile — which will probably influence its effects on you.

What To Try Instead Of D8

Luckily, you have plenty of alternatives if you and delta-8-THC aren’t meant to be..

If you're looking for:

  • A stronger psychoactive experience. Consider THC over D8.
  • Zero chance of a high. Consider broad-spectrum CBD or isolate CBD.
  • General wellness support. Consider CBD if you want cannabis-based wellness, or herbal supplements, mindfulness, and meditation if you want to steer clear of cannabinoids altogether.

Know When & When NOT To Use CBD, THC, & Delta-8-THC

CBD, THC, and D8 might have a place in your cannabis lifestyle, but there are also times when you should use something else. Not everyone responds to cannabinoids in the same way, so it’s important to go into your cannabis journey informed.

That way, you might want to try something else if you’re not seeing the results you want, concerned about drug testing, or worried about potential side effects.

In general, if you want an overall wellness product, CBD may be better than THC or D8. And if you want the more traditional cannabis experience, THC or D8 might be preferable. That being said, there are times when no cannabinoid is the optimal choice for you. And you might need to look into other alternatives like herbal teas, meditation, or aromatherapy to find the relief you're looking for.

Talk to your doctor before starting any new cannabis regimen. And don’t forget to do your research before trying anything new and only consume the highest-quality cannabis products.


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