Every Cannabis User Should Be Familiar With CBD
Posted on March 5th 2019
A blog from a writer:
I write about cannabis for a living, so inevitably, it comes up in conversation with friends, family, and strangers.
There’s been a number of times when I’ve heard people say, “I’m just not a pot person. I get too paranoid.”
I get it.
Many years ago, while I was smoking a bowl, a bit of hot ash flew out of the bowl and into a pile of papers on my bedroom floor.
I began digging through the stack of papers frantically, convinced that they would ignite and turn my apartment complex into a blazing inferno.
Thankfully, part of my brain knew I was giving into cannabis-fueled paranoia, and I called a friend who talked me down off the ledge.
So yeah. I get it.
But there’s a potential antidote for people who want to try cannabis but don’t want to feel that level of paranoia.
It’s called CBD. And it’s in the cannabis plant itself.
What Is THC
I’m going to assume that even the most novice cannabis user is probably familiar with THC, which can be considered the main active ingredient in cannabis.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, belongs to a class of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. There are over 100 different types of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and each one has its own properties.
Many consumers go to dispensaries looking for the products with the highest percentage of THC - the ones that will get them “the most high.”
These are the kind of products that “paranoia-prone” folks should stay away from.
What Is CBD
Like I said, THC isn’t the only cannabinoid in town. There’s another one - one that is growing in popularity.
It’s cannabidiol (CBD). And it’s arguably the second most popular of the cannabinoids, behind THC.
So what’s the deal with CBD? What does it do? What doesn’t it do?
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t make you high, and has health benefits. It can be used to treat:
- Chronic pain
Because CBD has anti-anxiety/sedative properties, it can help counter the paranoia caused by THC.
Although you can purchase products that contain CBD and nothing else, especially the hemp-based oil kind, cannabis researchers argue that cannabinoids work best when they’re working together in a synergistic fashion - a phenomenon known as “the entourage effect.”
Finding the Right CBD:THC Ratio
Let’s assume I’ve sold you on the benefits of CBD. What kind of products should you get?
You’ll need to look at the product’s CBD:THC ratio.
For example, a single dose of my go-to edible brand contains 10 mg of CBD and 5 mg of THC. There’s twice as much CBD as THC, so it’s a 2:1 ratio.
Some products have a 1:1 ratio, and others even go as high as 30:1!
As far as which ratio is right for you, you’ll just need to experiment. But I’d say a 1:1 ratio is a good place to start.