The Benefits of Using CBD and THC Together
When we choose our cannabis products, we tend to see CBD and THC products as separate. The truth is, combining them or choosing products that have significant amounts of both can be more beneficial for your body than either of them alone. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD is short for cannabidiol. They’re the two most abundantly occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC tends to be more popular for its recreational high, while CBD is generally regarded as a medicinal compound. Users of cannabis will often choose one over the other, but today we’ll be discussing the benefits of using CBD and THC together – whether that be the two combined in a singular product, or taking two separate options simultaneously.
The Entourage Effect
When you take CBD and THC together, the various compounds within them combine their physical efforts to create what is known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect refers to the idea that compounds like phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and terpenoids found in cannabis all work together for more well-rounded experiences. This effect isn’t unique to cannabinoids, and is known more generally as a synergistic effect. The fact that the phenomenon is found outside the realm of cannabis vaguely insinuates a strengthened validity, because we know that compounds possess the capability to work together for an overall improved result. The entourage effect between multiple phytocannabinoids allows them to work in conjunction, heightening the positive outcomes CBD and THC are both so well-known for. It’s why a lot of CBD products are marketed as full-spectrum; they contain other cannabinoids found at lower concentrations in addition to the CBD.
Combined Therapeutic Benefits
Phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and terpenoids together provide additional benefits to the body beyond what any of them could do alone. Certain flavonoids and terpenes together can be extra beneficial for relieving pain, anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, cancer, and fungal infections. Moreover, more recent research done in 2018 lends itself towards the idea that various cannabis compounds together may provide enhanced neuroprotective properties and anti-inflammatory effects.
CBD’s Modulation of THC
Within the endocannabinoid system are cannabinoid receptors, which are the parts that cannabinoids like CBD and THC bind to. When this happens, THC binds directly to the receptor. CBD, on the other hand, works on the receptor indirectly. This allows CBD to modulate the effects of THC on the body. For instance, people who take CBD and THC together tend to experience less paranoia and anxiety – negative THC side effects experienced by some – than those who take THC alone. Similarly, CBD down-regulates the hunger (“munchies”) and sedative effects of THC.
Wheelhouse’s CBD and THC Products
Wheelhouse has a huge variety of products, including those with both THC and CBD! Some people choose to combine THC and CBD products separately, by taking one with just THC and another with just CBD. Other people prefer products that are naturally or formulaically a mixture of CBD and THC. Choosing the perfect product for you doesn’t have to be difficult, and the help our budtenders have provided to our customers is proof. Stopping by Wheelhouse allows our friendly employees to guide you through the cannabis process so you can find the ideal mixture of THC and CBD – like in our Dosist 1:10 THC:CBD pen! Shop online or in-store now and experience the true California experience that only Wheelhouse can provide!