Why CBD Works Best With THC
There is a common misconception being spread about the properties of cannabis—in particular, CBD being medicinal and THC being recreational—which is completely false.
In fact, it has been proven that even the smallest doses of THC combined with CBD improves the overall efficacy of cannabis as a medicine.
Think of THC as TLC for CBD
Naturally, Cannabis contains less THC and more CBD compared to cannabis strains being produced and consumed today. This is because high THC and low CBD strains are the most requested and fetches the best prices—breeders simply supply what is demanded.
Until recently, CBD was pretty much an unknown compound of the cannabis plant that was on the verge of being bred out of existence. With that, THC is now getting a bad rep—being labeled as” the recreational” cannabinoid, and CBD getting labeled as “the medicinal” one.
So why is THC getting the bad rep? Because it gets you high.
With science and medical advancements continually being made, studies have made it clear that cannabis works best as a whole-plant medicine compared to isolates or preparations that remove any of the natural terpenes, acids, flavonoids, and cannabinoids of the plant.
What Does the Science Say?
Don’t just take our word for it. According to a study conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center discovered the combination of CBD and THC creates more anti-tumor effects when it was tested on breast and brain cancer cells compared to either one used alone.
A study from 2010 found patients suffering from cancer-related pain experience more relief when CBD and THC was combined versus when pure THC was used—or the 2012 study which discovered CBD inhibits the negative side effects associated with THC like paranoia and short term memory loss.
All of these studies support the concept that whole plant cannabis provides a synergistic entourage effect when used together vs. alone. CBD helps us find balance by encouraging our endocannabinoid system to achieve homeostasis, which impacts our mental, physical and emotional well-being.
If you think about it, everything in life is a balance—whether its eating, sleeping, working, or drinking. Doing, saying, thinking, eating, or drinking too much or not enough of anything has negative effects, and the same holds true for cannabis.
Finding the Sweet Spot
Now that we’ve established that THC and CBD do in fact work better together—let’s talk about finding an optimal dose. It will include some trial and error, but according to Project CBD:
“The successful use of cannabis as a medicine depends to a great extent on managing its psychoactive properties. The goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich cannabis remedy with as much THC as a person is comfortable with..Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of THC can confer health benefits. Oral administration of a low dose of THC (1mg/day) resulted in “significant inhibition of disease progression” in an animal model of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to a 2005 report which noted: “This effective dose is lower than the dose usually associated with psychotropic effects of THC.”
Large doses of CBD would eliminate any psychoactive effects that a low dose THC would have—thus allowing you to get the benefits of both the CBD and THC—without feeling high.
So, what is the best way to consume THC and CBD that offers the optimum range of benefits you ask? Well there are several ways you could go about this. You could try combining CBD in whatever form that is accessible to you—and combining it with the highest quality whole plant cannabis strains you can get your hands on.
This could mean vaping CBD then taking a few hits off a joint afterwards. You could eat a handful of CBD gummies, then top it off with a THC gummy or two. Whatever method you go with, be sure the CBD to THC ratio favors CBD to get the most out of your cannabis.
We love cannabis and we love the power cannabis has when it’s used properly as both a medicine and recreational outlet. What we don’t love is misinformation, which is why we wanted to educate you about the science that is continually being discovered about the benefits of combining THC with CBD.
We wanted to take the time to highlight the fact that THC is not some scary psychoactive monster that will make you braindead after consuming it—but a very important compound that boosts the effectiveness of cannabis as an effective and natural medicine.
To learn more about the entourage effect and for a more detailed look about the synergistic effects of combining CBD with THC—check out the video from our friends at CBDSchool.com below!