Why CBD works better with a little THC ?
The modern world tirelessly brings us good news! Thanks to science's achievements and the latest medical discoveries, we are opening up new horizons for a comfortable and long life. Legalizing cannabis and the general change in the belief system of society's conservative strata and the government are a vivid illustration of this statement.
Fortunately, we have been increasingly fighting the erroneous, cave-like views that bound us in recent years. With illogical prohibitions, we prevented ourselves from deriving practical benefits from harmless and healthy products.
Thus, we have received an amazing mild-acting drug - cannabis and its derivatives - in our therapeutic arsenal. Now they have become constant companions of people suffering from anxiety, PTSD, depression, and epilepsy. The possibilities of a group of preparations using the natural uniqueness of hemp are enormous and have just begun to be studied by scientists. We are sure that many surprises await us, which will bring surprises to classical medicine.
To give you an idea of how far ahead we've come, imagine that families were forced to move to another state to get a legal opportunity to treat children with CBD just five years ago. It was already known that CBD has a unique effect on patients who have cancer, mental disorders, chronic pain, depression, and many, many other diseases. And some types of epileptic seizures have no alternatives other than cannabis products.
But, today, we are on a path that has already led us to the fact that you can buy ice cream or CBD gummies, and the state is easing restrictions on the cultivation of cannabis on an industrial scale.
What is this CBD, you ask. It is cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis sativa plants. Cannabidiol interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system and has no psychoactive effect. In other words, we will de-bunk the myth, which is supported by the uneducated part of the population and is the fighters' main argument against common sense. You will not get a state of euphoria and relaxation or high, no matter how much CBD you use. It just doesn't work like that.
But the element that forms the psychoactive effect is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This psycho-active compound is responsible for the intense sensations that cause feelings of pleasure and relaxation. Even though both of these elements have identical molecular composition, as you can see, they have a completely different system of action. Although, they both have a beneficial effect on your body in their own way.
The problem with THC is that the effects it produces lead a person to a state in which he cannot legally drive a car or other equipment. He becomes relaxed, happy, and the sedative effect affects all body processes. But, if you combine THC and CBD, what will be the result?
This question is of interest to many. And today, we will try to understand it in more detail.
THC is TLC for your CBD.
A fascinating fact is that initially, cannabis contained much more cannabidiol than tetrahydrocannabinol. The medicinal and useful properties that do not cause intoxication prevailed over the medicinal, useful properties that cause intoxication. The reverse process was started by breeders for whom the opportunity to get euphoria was the main one. In fairness, few people thought about the medical and therapeutic possibilities of the plant then.
Now science is working to increase the proportion of CBD content. Because the area where it will be useful is huge and grows with each research, but let's not approach the issue so one-sided. The fact is that the stigmatization of cannabis and its division into good and bad derivatives is absolutely wrong. And the point here is not that the intoxication from this plant can be compared with alcohol intoxication, neither in destructive power nor in social damage, nor is damage to the body. But, for some reason, no one is in a hurry to brand and curse whiskey with the same fanaticism and hatred.
All the incredible chemical richness of the Cannabis sativa group plants is beautiful and surprising precisely for its synergy. It is this relationship that gives a unique healing effect. If you remove the constituent parts from this equation, the effect will remain, but it will be weaker and less effective.
Therefore, medical research unequivocally states that THC and CBD's combined treatment produces much more significant results. So, in breast cancer and brain cancer treatment, these elements interacted several times stronger together than each of them separately. The Journal of Psychopharmacology points out that CBD “inhibits THC-elicited paranoid symptoms and hippocampal-dependent memory impairment.” That is, the elements also have properties that suppress the side effects of each other. Thus, we can conclude that the main task for us is not the struggle with the elements but balancing their functions and the correct combination for treatment.
Finding the sweet spot.
To find the ideal THC to CBD ratio, remember that you are using a particular medication. Moreover, legalization has not been fully resolved, and when forming your treatment strategy, remember the legalization card. After all, cannabis and its derivatives are not legal throughout the country.
When calculating the ratio, the doctor's opinion is critical, so start consulting with him. Consider your condition, illness, your weight, and your height, and your body's metabolism.
Start with small doses of one and the other, gradually increasing the dosage. Keep track of your condition, or better - keep a small diary where you note your feelings and side effects if any. Well, and don't hesitate to experiment with the types of foods. Fortunately, the market offers you a huge selection.
The only thing we would not recommend is vaping. When the vapors saturated with THC and CBD are inhaled, the substances begin to be absorbed much faster and reach the bloodstream literally instantly. Aside from the dubious benefits of vape, which research is increasingly talking about harm to the lungs, there is another danger. It will be difficult for you to control the dynamics of the impact of cannabis products on your health.