And, as you probably know, THC is the compound that’s responsible for the “high” we experience from cannabis.
But do they ever work together? Can the effects of CBD be enhanced with a little bit of THC?
The answer appears to be: yes.
But hold on, isn’t THC illegal? Won’t it get me high?
Not exactly. Let’s investigate:
The Entourage Effect
There’s a little something called the entourage effect that describes how different cannabinoids (and maybe even terpenes) work together to produce a greater effect.
In this case, the sum is greater than its parts.
There is tons of research out there about the interaction of different cannabinoids and how they can alter each others’ effects.
For example, a study published by the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience found that some of THC’s less-desirable effects (i.e. paranoia) can be altered by the presence of CBD.
Many scientists claim that the entourage effect involves not just other cannabinoids, but terpenes too.
So what does this all mean for CBD lovers?
It means that a full-spectrum CBD oil (i.e. one that contains other cannabinoids and terpenes, including THC) may enhance the effect as compared to taking CBD on its own.
Both CBD and THC and indeed all cannabinoids, interact with something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is, simply put, a network of receptors in your body that interact with cannabinoids. There are two kinds of receptors – CB1 and CB2. THC reacts mainly with CB1 receptors, whereas CBD and most other cannabinoids tend to react with CB2. Research points to these interactions on different receptors as the cause of CBD’s ability to modulate the effects of THC and vice versa. In other words, activating both receptors through different types of cannabinoids appears to increase the effects of both.
Because of the Entourage Effect, many people believe that taking a full-spectrum CBD oil or other full-spectrum product will produce more effects than taking CBD alone.
So if you take CBD for pain relief or anxiety relief, or just to sleep a little better, you may experience increased relief when your CBD contains a touch of THC, too.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain lots of cannabinoids, including a bit of THC. Is that safe? Let’s take a look:
Are there any risks?
Full-spectrum CBD oil is completely safe to take. However, there may be a few reasons why you’d want to avoid it:
- If you’re sensitive to THC. If you already know that you don’t react well to THC, you’ll probably want to stay away from it entirely, even in trace amounts.
- If you get drug-tested regularly. While the trace amounts of THC found in full-spectrum CBD aren’t enough to produce a high, they may be enough to ping on a drug test. If you know you’ll be drug-tested, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
So if you need to avoid THC for personal or legal reasons, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck – you can still experience the Entourage Effect by opting for a broad-spectrum CBD product instead. Broad-spectrum CBD is cannabinoid-and-terpene-rich, but with the THC removed entirely.
Ok, that’s all well and good, but isn’t THC against the law?
The law states that any hemp-derived product containing less than 0.3% THC is completely legal at the federal level.
Every product on shopCBD has been extensively vetted and tested, and we make 100% sure that any product we carry is well within accepted levels.
So there’s no reason to worry about your CBD being legal or safe. We’ve done our homework so that you don’t have to.