The popularity of CBD in the market has made breeders and farmers on the edge about what really is the best cannabis strain to cultivate. Before the discovery of CBD, medical marijuana containing a large amount of THC was trending, however, the popularity of CBD as alternative care without the psychoactive “high” has become the choice of consumers.
Cannabinoids or CBD is a chemical compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD has been proven to have medicinal benefits.
CBD isolates and ultra-high CBD strains are gaining popularity. Despite the therapeutic effects of CBD, it is better to remove THC?
Countless research and studies of CBD show that removing one of the components of cannabis may affect its healing properties. Although studies about the cannabinoid are ongoing, the results published prove that CBD without THC indeed helps to treat certain conditions.
A clinical trial published in May of 2017 describes the effects of CBD on the debilitating epileptic condition called Dravet’s Syndrome. The outcome proves it reduces the seizures by 50 percent in 43 percent.
In June 2018, the FDA approved the used of a CBD oral solution called Epidiolex for patients with seizure cases. CBD could also treat and prevent head trauma, diabetes, pain, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
The properties of CBD are quite impressive, but adding THC to CBD can achieve a more beneficial outcome. Research about CBD pointed out that cannabis compounds work together resulting in synergistic health effects.
Dr. Jordan Tishler, a cannabis physician, explained that the benefits of CBD last longer when a little bit of THC is added.
Using the Whole Plant’s Properties as Medicine
In the cannabis plant, CBD and THC are just two of 113 cannabinoids. When using the whole plant as a treatment, the risk of side effects including the psychoactive results is evident. However, using THC and CBD alone lessens the sedative and appetite-inducing properties of THC. This is process is called entourage effect.
Entourage effect describes the chemical compounds in cannabis working together in harmony to create better outcomes. For example, CBD limits anxiety and paranoia while THC provides muscle relaxing and sedative effect.
According to the study relating to cancer, the use of both THC and CBD together could lead to a more successful result. A study about glioblastoma found that mixing CBD with a high-THC treatment enhanced the anti-proliferative effects of THC in cell culture test. The use of CBD was more effective in the animal test trials with breast cancer too. This proves that combining cannabinoids can help manage symptoms of cancer.
Now, it is clear that the use of CBD and THC gives better outcomes than using either of them alone.