Cannabinoid Syngergy: How CBD And THC Work Together
THC, the most common cannabinoid found within cannabis, is best known for its psychoactive traits. It is these qualities that make cannabis so appealing to recreational users, and fuels the worries of anti-drug campaigners. Yet, only looking at THC in terms of its recreational qualities is merely scratching the surface. THC has been shown to have some therapeutic benefits, including reducing the onset of neuropathy, and helping those suffering from PTSD.
However, there is also research to suggest that the applications of THC can be taken much further, more precisely, when combined with CBD. CBD is another abundant cannabinoid found within cannabis, but unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Over the last few years, there has been a flurry of research finding extremely positive results when it comes to potential medical applications of CBD – to the point where THC has fallen to the wayside.
THC AND CBD: THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
When combined, the duo of cannabinoids creates what is known as the entourage effect, playing off each other and enhancing the desirable traits of both. For example, CBD slows down the breakdown of THC within the liver, allowing the therapeutic effects of THC to persist longer.
Another example is this research, which found that the using the entire cannabinoid profile found within cannabis was much more efficient than using THC alone for treating multiple ailments. There is even research that suggest both THC and CBD are more effective at helping fight cancer together than they are when applied individually. There are many more studies like it, with implications for many areas of medicine, which are all finding that cannabinoids like THC and CBD work best when together.
Knowing that CBD and THC affect each other out helps more than just medical marijuana users. The entourage effect has real and significant implications for those of us who enjoy a little recreational bud as well. A pure dose of THC (not that you would ever have one) has been shown to induce uncomfortable and even paranoid effects for the duration of the high. Whereas when THC is taken with a dose of CBD – like you would when you smoke bud – the CBD actively regulates the effects of THC, protecting the mind from these adverse effects. This is something some of you may be able to relate to, especially if you smoke extremely potent THC strains with a comparatively low CBD content. The more THC there is in comparison to CBD, the more likely it is going to make you feel uncomfortable. What does this mean? It is about finding the right THC/CBD ratio for you.
So next time you are planning to grow, buy, or get high. Take into consideration how the THC and CBD of your marijuana are working together, imparting the potential benefits and high that nature intended!