Cannabidiol‚ÄĒpopularly known as ‚ÄúCBD‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒis nothing short of ubiquitous. Not only can you find it in various forms in dispensaries, but in grocery stores, coffee shops, cocktail bars and all sorts of establishments hoping to capitalize on the trend.
And though there still isn‚Äôt a ton of scientific evidence to back up the hype, lots of people swear by its calming effects, with some favoring it vastly to products containing THC.
In an email conversation I had with Cami Noecker of Serra dispensaries, the two compound can have quite different effects. ‚ÄúTHC and CBD are the two primary cannabinoids that occur in the cannabis plant, she explained. ‚ÄúThe most important difference between the two is that CBD on its own will not get you ‚Äėhigh.‚Äô‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTHC,‚ÄĚ she goes on to explain, ‚Äúis the primary psychoactive component of cannabis,‚ÄĚ which gives you ‚Äúthe traditional ‚Äėhigh‚Äô associated with cannabis.‚ÄĚ
But according to Noecker,‚ÄúCBD is much more effective when combined with THC,‚ÄĚ and for that we can thank something called ‚Äúthe entourage-effect.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBasically,‚ÄĚ she explained, ‚Äúthe two components of the plant when combined interact in our bodies in a way which produces a stronger effect. When you consume CBD with a small percentage of THC in it, the CBD will do it‚Äôs job better within your system providing you with better effects.‚ÄĚ
The addition of CBD can also improve your experience with THC. In an email exchange with Andrea Sparr-Jaswa of Farma, she explained that CBD can help those with who deal with anxiety in two ways. ‚ÄúThe addition of CBD can help to mitigate a negative outcome and keep intoxication more body focused and less cerebrally anxious. Conversely, a CBD rich product with minimal THC presence may be just what they need, especially if they‚Äôre looking to treat symptoms without intoxication. A little THC will allow CBD to work more effectively at lower doses, but the goal is always to find the lowest dose that provides the needed medicinal benefits.‚ÄĚ
If you‚Äôve ever surveyed the vast array of CBD inhalants and edibles at a dispensary, you have most likely seen ‚Äú1:1,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äú2:1,‚ÄĚ written on the packaging, and maybe even ‚Äú10:1,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äú3:1.‚ÄĚ These numbers indicate CBD-to-THC ratios, with the first number usually corresponding to the amount of CBD. (Though Doeckner was quick to point out that you should always double check, as this is ‚Äúnot standardized between all brands.‚ÄĚ)
As one would expect, the higher the CBD, the less psychoactive your effect. According to Sparr-Jaswa ‚ÄúCBD may also help mitigate a negative outcome by preventing THC from binding as tightly to receptors, and keeping the high much more body focused than cerebrally stimulating.‚ÄĚ Though I had one budtender tell me he could take a 2:1 and ‚Äústill go about has his day and get stuff done,‚ÄĚ anecdotal evidence I have heard from some of my cannabis connoisseur friends indicates that this is definitely not the case for everyone. A 1:1, on the other hand, means you‚Äôve got equal amounts of both compounds on board, which can give one a traditional‚ÄĒthough calmer‚ÄĒhigh without as much (or any) of the anxiety or paranoia they may usually have to deal with when partaking in pot.
As with any new substance, however, it‚Äôs important to ease into CBD use, especially when combined with THC. Though CBD is ‚Äúnon-psychoactive,‚ÄĚ there‚Äôs always a chance you won‚Äôt like how it makes you feel. ‚ÄúUltimately,‚ÄĚ explained Sparr-Jaswa, ‚Äúthe ‚Äėstart low and go slow‚Äô mantra is imperative to convey, as a low dose for one person may be a high dose for another. Even a person who consumes large quantities of inhalants may still be sensitive to edibles,‚ÄĚ so take it easy when making any changes to your cannabis consumption.
Living in Portland, Oregon means I‚Äôve seen CBD shoved into every edible and potable product you can think of, from kombucha to cocktails, but it‚Äôs not the same CBD you‚Äôll get in dispensaries. According to Doeckner, ‚ÄúCBD that is sold outside of dispensaries is not derived from the actual marijuana plant; you are getting CBD that is derived from another source such as hemp, or CBD created artificially in a lab. Although all CBD on its own is not psychoactive, it‚Äôs very important to remember that not all CBD is created equally and you need to know where your CBD is being sourced from.‚ÄĚ
If you‚Äôre not sure where the CBD is coming from, just ask. ‚ÄúThere are some amazing hemp-derived products in the mainstream consumer market,‚ÄĚ Doeckner explained, ‚Äúbut it‚Äôs important to know what source the CBD in latte is [from], and what the concentration of CBD is in order to ensure you‚Äôre not being sold snake oil.‚ÄĚ So order that CBD-infused cocktail if it calls to you, but don‚Äôt be disappointed if you feel exactly like you do when you enjoy a normal, boring, hemp-free beverage. (A regular cocktail is still pretty good though.)Source: https://lifehacker.com/does-cbd-work-better-when-paired-with-thc-1834154243