THC and CBD are the two most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Much has been said about the individual therapeutic power of each of these cannabinoids. But what about consuming them together at the same time?
Why Consume THC & CBD Together?
Consuming THC and CBD together can produce a different effect and may provide more therapeutic benefit than just THC or CBD alone.
One 2006 study found that treating patients with Sativex (an oral spray containing both THC and CBD) was able to reduce inflammation-related pain in patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Another study from 2007 found that Sativex was effective at alleviating nerve pain in people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Could this mix of cannabinoids be providing more benefit than THC or CBD could on their own?
Another reason for consuming THC and CBD together is because CBD may mitigate some of the intoxicating effects of THC. CBD’s potential anti-anxiety effects may work to tone down THC’s stimulating effects that can sometimes cause anxiety and paranoia, especially at larger doses.
THC, CBD & the Ensemble Effect
Why are THC and CBD so different together than apart? One reason may be because of the ensemble effect (sometimes called the entourage effect). This phenomenon suggests that cannabinoids produce different effects when consumed together than when consumed on their own.
One example of the entourage effect is full-spectrum cannabis products versus isolates. Vape cartridges that contain full-spectrum extracts may produce more complete highs than those containing distillate oils with 99% THC. When it comes to cannabis, it’s been suggested that full-spectrum extracts that are representative of the whole plant may have more therapeutic value than just isolated molecules.
What Is a THC:CBD Ratio?
Because of these effects, certain products have been specially made to deliver specific ratios of cannabinoids. A THC:CBD ratio is the ratio of each cannabinoid that is contained in a cannabis product. For example, a 1:1 ratio means that the product contains the exact same amount of THC as it does CBD.
While a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio can certainly be effective and appropriate in some cases, other ratios may be better suited to other situations and for treating other conditions. Take a careful look at the label of your product to see what ratio of cannabinoids it contains.
Which THC:CBD Ratio Is Right For You?
Depending on the effects you wish to experience, a certain ratio may be a better choice than others.
If you wish to experience more of the intoxicating effects of THC, then a THC-dominant ratio may be a better idea. It may also be a better choice if you’re looking to take advantage of THC’s potential therapeutic benefits. For example, research suggests that THC may be able to stimulate appetite, promote sleep, and alleviate certain kinds of pain.
On the other hand, CBD-dominant ratios can be a good choice for those who wish to experience some of the therapeutic benefits of THC, without experiencing much (or nearly any) of its impairing effects. They can also be great if you’re looking to take advantage of the ensemble effect and feel that CBD alone just isn’t getting the job done.
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