What is the chemical difference between THC and CBD?
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two main cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria. CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. CBD needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptor and, in turn, can help reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria or sedation.
Can I use THC and CBD together?
Absolutely! Using a combination of THC and CBD can help patients experience greater benefits from medical cannabis treatment. CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits. They can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC. Some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect.
What is the "entourage" effect?
Scientific research has found that using THC and CBD together can produce greater effects than using either compound on its own. Studies have shown using a combination of the two cannabinoids can help conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain due to cancer. Every cannabinoid and terpene present in full-spectrum CBD works synergistically to enhance all other components so CBD users can experience optimal health benefits.
What if the THC makes me feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?
You are not alone. You can limit THC’s Psychoactive Effects With CBD. Many patients who are beginners to medical cannabis treatment raise the concern about the psychoactive effects that THC produces. They may not want to experience the possible side effects like anxiety or mental impairment and anxiety. Fortunately, CBD has been shown that it can help counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.
Can I fail a drug test due to CBD use?
Unfortunately, yes. While CBD has a very low level of the active ingredient that is tested for in drug testing (eg. THC), it can still trigger positive tests. Very small amounts of THC present in the material that CBD is extracted from can get into the CBD oil in high enough amounts to result in a positive drug test. Always err on the side of caution and refrain from using any products that contain CBD if you are concerned about drug testing.
Do physician recommend THC or CBD?