I am sure everybody would be aware of the iconic American classic Sandwich- Peanut butter and jelly. Now, imagine what would it be like if you would have to eat them separately?
Nah! The taste sucks!
What if tell you, the same formula works for medical cannabis as well?
Don’t be. Let’s explain the concept of the famous “Jim and Jack” of medical cannabis in the easiest way.
Medical Cannabis- Nature’s Own Therapeutic Aid
By this time, almost everyone would be aware that medical cannabis is a herb which consists of over a hundred chemical compounds which work together to produce the desired effects. But, the compounds which have taken all the limelight are the famous pair “CBD and THC”.
Most of the medical marijuana strains vary in the content of THC: CBD ratios. Different ratios mean different effects felt on both mind and body. For example- Royal Cookies has around 23% THC and 0.4% CBD while Haze Berry contains around 20% THC with 0.15% CBD.
While everyone usually talks about “CBD is this…”, “CBD is that..”. Hardly anyone knows that medical cannabis is the most useful therapeutic aid when these compounds are taken together.
It’s like the actual magic wand of medical cannabis is “CBD+THC concoction”
Yes! You heard it right.
More About The Jim and Jam of Medical Cannabis
According to Martin A. Lee’s book- Smoke Signals-
“Cannabidiol balances the buzz and softens the euphoria–or, in some cases, the dysphoria–induced by THC, which, in concentrated form, can make people feel very loopy and weird. CBD is the yin of THC’s yang.”
But, how is it even possible?
CBD and THC together- Are you kidding me?
I am sure the same line would be popping up in your mind.
Here’s what actually happens.
CBD, THC And Their Interaction With Endocannabinoid System
Endocannabinoid system is something which is known to manage a range of bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, hormonal levels, cognition, and more.
So, technically, the body is also producing endocannabinoids which affect the system functions. So, whenever you consume cannabis strains with both THC and CBD present, they will bind or interact with the receptors located in different parts of the body which will help in producing the desired effects.
THC AND ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
THC is known to have a high affinity with the CB1 receptors. And, activation of these receptors is mostly responsible for the “high” or the “euphoria”.
CBD AND ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
CBD, on the other hand, is known to modulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors both. It slows down the process of elimination of endocannabinoids, and provide the therapeutic effects.
THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
The magic only happens when these cannabinoids work together as a team. For instance, CBD blocks the THC to reach its target receptors. Hence, limiting the psych effects of THC.
A study published in 2015, concluded that CBD actually acts as a negative allosteric modulator which in turn blocks the seating site of THC. It does that by changing the shape of the receptor altogether.
Another study established the fact that in comparison to THC or CBD alone, THC/CBD spray provided better results for managing a cancer symptom.
One more study revealed that CBD is a better constituent for grey matter in the hippocampal region. So, if you have taken THC and CBD together, the neurotoxic effects of THC are reduced to minimal with enhancing the neuroprotective effects of the other.
Are There Any Another Medical Benefits?
For starters, CBD is found to enhance the THC’s pain-reducing properties. Various studies have confirmed that a hybrid strain with an almost equal quantity of both the cannabinoids provides comparatively more pain relief and improvement in sleep quality.
Not only that, you would be able to reduce cancer-related pain even. Combining CBD and THC has also shown to block the growth of cancer cells.
Another fact which might interest you is that CBD has shown to prolong the medicinal benefits of THC as well. It’s because CBD protects THC by avoiding its breakdown in the liver. So, its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and other properties extend to longer periods. This will help to reduce the range of medical symptoms effectively.
Plus, introducing CBD into the THC will help to reduce the anxiety-inducing properties as well.
To wrap it up, CBD and THC can be amazing. But, when taken together, they can create magic altogether. So, start with cannabis strains instead of choosing single products to maximize the therapeutic effects significantly.