Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the predominant chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While the medically therapeutic effects of marijuana rely on all the plant’s compounds working in tandem, these two primary cannabinoids receive much of the attention. Both THC and CBD have been proven to offer their own unique benefits for specific medical conditions on their own, but when combined together, they extend the list of ailments that can be successfully treated through the use of medical cannabis. What’s most important is understanding the differences between these two cannabinoids in order to remedy an illness as efficiently as possible.
These two chemicals bring differing benefits to a patient. CBD, the non-intoxicating compound, naturally neutralizes the intoxicating effects of THC. In addition, CBD boasts no known side effects. The therapeutic offerings of this powerful duo partner include antipsychotic and anti-anxiety properties as well as seizure suppression.
On the other hand, THC, the psychoactive component, should be used with caution due to its side effects. These may include uncomfortable feelings of being “high,” exacerbated anxiety and mood disorders, dry mouth, dizziness, and faintness if a patient is unfamiliar with its effects. However, the medical benefits include pain relief, prevention of vomiting and reduction of inflammation.
In a Brazilian study in the mid-1970s, subjects found increased pleasurable effects and decreased anxiety with CBD-THC combinations. THC alone did not produce the same positive experiences. Knowing this, researchers began to realize the significance of these two components.
Other studies reveal that adding CBD to THC in treatment reduces feelings of being “high,” decreases heart rate and wards off instability and eye tracking difficulties. In other words, researchers believe that CBD minimizes the sometimes negative impact of THC.
These findings suggest the need to determine the best ratio of these two chemicals for effective treatment. Yet, it does not prove as simple as a formula. Taking patient individualities, including specific ailments and cannabis tolerance, into consideration proves vital as well.
In general, studies reveal that a 1:1 ratio offers the greatest therapeutic relief in the categories of sleep, pain control, and muscle spasms. This proportion proves to be a good dosage starting point in most cases, although, all patients are advised to begin with small doses to gauge how they react to it.
To personalize treatment, patient sensitivity to THC proves the vital determinant in the ratio and dosage of a THC-CBD combination. Again, there is no magic formula. Unfortunately, calculated trial and error helps identify a patient’s perfect therapy ratio.
Using a one step at a time process, patients begin with a small dose of a CBD-rich ratioed remedy. Over time, THC is increased slowly as the effects are watched. Both medical and clinical observations prove key in evaluating the best therapeutic ratio, the point when clinical relief is experienced with minimal to no side effects.
Just like any other type of medication, marijuana must first be recommended by a certified doctor to treat any given ailment. Once approved to begin medical marijuana treatments, it is always highly encouraged to begin at a low dosage and to adjust accordingly based on a patient’s reaction to it. The professionals at Medwell Health & Wellness Centers can help determine the proper strain and THC to CBD ratio that will be most effective in treating your particular condition. Interested in making an appointment to see if you qualify for an MMJ Certification? Click here to schedule!
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