THC vs CBD: A Battle for the Ideal Ratio
There is a plethora of active chemical compounds called cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant. They are the chemicals which interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body to trigger the effects that they have on the human body. All of the chemical compounds which are found in the cannabis plant work together to formulate the therapeutic effects that human beings like to experience but there is always one question that remains – What is the perfect ratio of cannabinoids for an individual’s optimal cannabis needs? The answer is not a definite one, sadly. There is much more research that needs to be done on the cannabinoids which are found in the plant.
There is, however, the fact that there are two main cannabinoids which have been studied better than others and are known to be the most actively interactive cannabinoids obtained from the cannabis plant – THC and CBD. Each cannabinoid has its own way of interacting with the endocannabinoid system and the ratio of their combination is what makes for the overall experience of consuming cannabis-based products.
THC and CBD
There has been significant research done on both THC and CBD in isolation from each other and both are known to have their own effects on the human body. THC is known to be more analgesic; it significantly reduces nausea, has anti-inflammatory qualities and has the psychoactive properties which are so well associated with the “high” you get from cannabis.
CBD, on the other hand, is known to be more antipsychotic in its nature and is something that can relax the muscles. It is perfectly suited for calming down seizures and relaxing the body along with being an anti-inflammatory compound. So the ratio between the THC and CBD content becomes an important factor when cannabis is being consumed.
Modern Therapeutic Applications of THC:CBD Ratio
The ratio of consumption of the two cannabinoids is something which is still being researched on and the latest research involving GW Pharmaceuticals’ Sativex has shown that a 1:1 ratio of the two cannabinoids have the potential to be very effective.
The study involved clinical trials of the drug in which researchers noted the effects of the THC and CBD and a combination of extracts on the sleep, muscle spasms and the pain control of the test subjects.
The 1:1 ratio between the two cannabinoids showed the most efficiency with regard to therapeutic relief for pain across the table.
Even though a higher content of THC is favored among consumers of cannabis in comparison to the CBD content due to the psychoactive properties of THC, there is a growing awareness of the beneficial qualities of CBD. Researchers are looking for medical marijuana to have a better-balanced ratio of the two cannabinoids to get the elusive perfect ratio of the two cannabinoids.