The entourage effect: Taking CBD and THC together might be more effective

More than 120 different phytocannabinoids can be found in the cannabis plant. They interact with the body’s receptors to produce psychotropic and therapeutic effects. CBD and THC are some of the most widely researched and apparently most effective phytocannabinoids. There are different ways to consume CBD or THC, separately or together. It’s believed that to get a positive and effective experience, CBD and THC should be taken together. CBD has a different feel when combined with another naturally occurring compound in cannabis, but we don’t exactly know why. Cannabinoids are powerful on their own, yet some of the therapeutic benefits of CBD could be amplified by the presence of terpenes. 

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The entourage effect of cannabinoids and terpenes 

The combination of the chemical constituents in cannabis is what gives it its full effect. This theory is commonly referred to as the entourage effect. Dr. Ethan Russo came up with this idea, which was later popularized around the world. In his opinion, the compounds in the cannabis plant operate synergistically to enhance the therapeutic potential. Several conditions have been studied in parallel with the entourage effect, such as pain, anxiety, inflammation, cancer, epilepsy, and fungal infection. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that the entourage effect isn’t a proven phenomenon. Researchers are still struggling to prove its existence. Although there has been a great deal of corroboratory research, we don’t have an answer yet. 

Synergistic interactions may be present between different cannabinoids and between cannabinoids and terpenes. The result is that products should be optimized to contain combinations of these components. CBD offsets the psychiatric side of THC – in other words, it antagonizes the negative effects of terpenes. THC, on the other hand, provides pain relief, eases nausea and vomiting, protects the brain cells, and even enhances the senses. CBD and THC may not be a match made in heaven, but their contribution to the therapeutic effect can’t be denied. The effects can differ greatly from person to person. More research needs to be carried out to get a complete understanding of the entourage effect. 

How to combine CBD with THC 

If we believe the entourage effect theory, then all the compounds in the cannabis plant work jointly to create a more effective therapeutic experience. The question now is, How do you combine cannabinoids with terpenes? If vaping is your thing, you can experiment with different ratios. You should reach out to your healthcare provider, as they might be able to provide recommendations so that you can avoid potential drug interactions. Generally speaking, a ratio of 1:1 is regarded as the best solution. If you experience psychoactive effects from THC, it’s recommended to increase the CBD dosage. The more CBD in the mix, the less intoxicated you’ll feel. 

If you don’t want to take THC, seek a CBD isolate product, which contains 99% pure CBD. Carefully check the ingredients on the label before making a purchase. CBD is beneficial by itself, so there’s no reason to worry. It’s still effective.