CBD and THC are widely used in products because of their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. But why do companies make products that contain both THC and CBD? Are combining both better for you? Let’s explore the relationship between THC and CBD and the effects of consuming them together.
To understand how THC and CBD interact with one another it’s important to first look at how these two compounds differ and the effects they have by themselves.
Beneficial Properties of Just THC
THC is one of the many cannabinoids found in hemp-based plants. It is a major psychoactive compound present in cannabis that is responsible for causing euphoric feelings and consciousness. In other words it gets you ‘high’. While due to its mind altering effects, there is a misconception of THC as a ‘bad cannabinoid’ and excessive amounts can product side-effects; when taken appropriately and in small doses it does have positive attributes such as:
- Analgesic properties that can help relieve inflammation and pain.
- Relaxation properties that can lower stress.
- Drowsiness effects that can help with sleep issues.
- Appetite regulation effects.
- Muscle control properties that can help issues like seizures and spasms.
- Nausea management which can be helpful for chemotherapy patients.
Beneficial Properties of Just CBD
CBD on the other hand, is another cannabinoid widely used to prevent or treat different chronic health problems. Unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive so it won’t get you ‘high’. This allows individuals to experience the same benefits without the psychoactive feelings that come from marijuana-based products.
Researchers and doctors are still studying the effects of CBD and are uncovering more benefits every day. Here are just some of the properties and potential applications of CBD they have discovered so far:
- Antidepressant Properties which can help with depression and anxiety.
- Anticonvulsant Properties which can help in reducing seizures
- Antioxidant Properties which can help promote wellness in patients with neurodegenerative disorders.
- Antipsychotic Properties which can help fight psychosis.
- Neuroprotective Properties which can help protect the neurons of the brain.
- Antiemetic Properties which can help symptoms that occur because of health problems, such as vomiting and nausea.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties which can help in reducing pain and inflammation.
- Antitumor Properties which can help fight cancers and tumor cells.
How CBD and THC Interact With Each Other
When taken together, CBD and THC have an interesting relationship. On one hand they compliment each other to offer the user more benefits but on other they work against each other where one can affect the way the other works. Because CBD affects the way THC binds to the brain’s endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptor and other parts of the body it lessens its effects. In other words, CBD helps reduce the side effects of THC while maintaining the benefits.
Let’s delve a little deeper into this relationship:
What Is The Entourage Effect?
While both CBD and THC offer benefits individually, studies show that combining them together (as well as other elements found in the cannabis plant) can be more effective. This combined effect is known as the entourage effect. Although more research is being done; the idea behind the entourage effect is that the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids from the cannabis plant interact with each other, enhancing its medicinal effects and benefits.
Although the term ‘entourage effect’ was first used in the late 90’s, it has recently become more popular due to its use in the 2011 paper ’Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects’ by a neurologist and pharmacologist named Ethan Russo. In the paper, Dr. Russo discusses the potential benefits of the synergistic effects of common cannabis compounds like CBD and THC.
He notes: “CBD modulates the psychoactivity of THC and reduces its adverse event profile” in other words CBD may decrease the side-effects of THC.
He goes on to highlight the potential benefits of the entourage effect mentioning that “selective breeding of cannabis chemotypes rich in ameliorative phytocannabinoid and terpenoid content offer complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts containing THC, or other base phytocannabinoids”
Whether it’s by magnifying the known effects of these compounds or the ability to expand into other therapeutic applications; many experts believe the entourage effect can significantly increase the medicinal potential of CBD and THC.
Research Supporting The Benefits of Combining CBD and THC
Data from a study published by the British journal supported this concept. The participants in their research reported that taking THC and CBD together helped reduce symptoms such as:
- pain relief
- anxiety relief
- cancer-related symptoms
- epilepsy and muscle spasms
There is also research that says the combination effect can help reduce some of the more abrasive effects of pure THC, such as:
- increased hunger
- sedation effects
Another study by The New York Academy of Sciences showed that the combination of both CBD and THC can help decrease symptoms such as:
- Eye-tracking exercise difficulty
- Gait instability
- Increase heart rate
Additionally, other research found that that the combination of CBD and THC may produce anti-tumor effects in patients with brain cancer and breast cancer cell lines more effectively than when taken individually.
While research is in its early stages, these types of studies illustrate the potential of the entourage effect as well as the range of benefits of combining both CBD and THC.
What to Know When Buying CBD with (and without) THC
CBD products that utilize this combination effect are commonly referred to as ‘Full Spectrum’. By law, Full Spectrum CBD shouldn’t contain more than 0.3% levels of THC which makes these products a great option for helping with a wide range of conditions.
Every person is different and there’s no one dose that will work for everyone so you might have to experiment with a few different options to find the effects you are looking for. Your reasons for taking CBD can also make a difference. For example someone who is taking CBD for PTSD might require different levels of CBD than someone with chronic back pain. We recommend starting slow at a higher dose of CBD and see how your body reacts.
For those looking to experiment with CBD but aren’t interested in any THC; there are also Broad Spectrum and Isolate products which have also been shown to provide benefits. Because these products don’t contain any THC they can be a good option for mild conditions as well as athletes concerned over having traces of THC in their body. Just remember to always check the label so you know what you are taking.
Whatever option you choose it’s always good idea to first consult a health professional for advice before taking any supplement; especially if you are already taking other medications.
Finding A Brand You Can Trust
Now that you better understand the relationship between CBD and THC you are better prepared to the take the next step and start experiencing everything CBD has to offer for yourself. Make sure to do your research and find a brand and product you trust with the testing to prove it.
If you are ready to get started, Easy Day Hemp offers a wide range of premium oils, gels and topicals to choose from. If you are looking to benefit from the properties of THC without the side-effects; we highly recommend checking out our Full Spectrum CBD products.
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