The Entourage Effect: Using CBD and THC Together
Updated: May 4
More people are turning to cannabis-based products for relief from a multitude of medical conditions. You can find CBD oils, prescription drugs containing synthetic THC or pure CBD, and medical marijuana products rich in THC and CBD.
This raises the question, which of these products is the best?
Research suggests that patients may experience the most benefits when CBD and THC are used together, along with other compounds found in cannabis. The collaboration between the compounds found in whole cannabis flower is known as the entourage effect.
In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, researchers compared a THC+CBD extract to a THC-only extract in the treatment of chronic pain related to cancer. The extract that contained both THC and CBD was found to work better than THC-only extract.
Another way that THC and CBD work together may allow more patients to benefit from cannabis-based therapies.
THC is the compound in cannabis that produces its euphoric effects. While some people enjoy the psychoactive effects, others would rather reap the health benefits of medical marijuana without the ‘high’ feeling.
This is where CBD comes in. CBD may be able to counteract some of THC’s intoxicating effects. With fewer adverse effects, patients can enjoy more flexibility in their medical marijuana use while still being provided with symptomatic relief.
These studies support the idea that patients may experience greater medicinal benefits and fewer side effects when they select a cannabis product that is rich in both THC and CBD. In fact, products that contain additional cannabis compounds beyond THC and CBD may offer further benefits.
Dried cannabis flower is arguably the best source of natural cannabis compounds. The cannabinoid-rich resin remains intact, offering blends of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other nutrients.
Vape pens, edibles and tinctures typically contain THC or CBD that have been separated from other compounds. However, some of these products will contain both CBD and THC, likely resulting in reduced side effects.
If you are unsure which medical marijuana products to use, you can ask your budtender at your local dispensary so they can help you pick products that are rich in both THC and CBD.
If you are an Missourian suffering from a qualifying condition, you may be eligible to treat your ailment with medical marijuana, which includes both THC and CBD products.
Click here to learn more about what Missouri Marijuana Card's certified medical marijuana physicians can do for you, or give us a call at 877-303-3117 and our friendly patient support team can walk you through the entire process, and set you up with an appointment through telemedicine.