If you are a regular THC (Cannabis) and CBD user and wondering if taking CBD and THC together is going to affect the tolerance of THC in your system, then this article is for you.
CBD is a “non-psychoactive compound” and THC is a “psychoactive compound” that can be found in both Cannabis and Hemp plants. Both cannabinoids have unique properties and effects, so how come CBD can alter THC tolerance while it’s not the other way around?
To understand this clearly, we have to understand how THC and CBD work in your body.
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THC Effects and Tolerance Explained
THC, short for “Tetrahydrocannabinol”, is a psychoactive compound of the Cannabis and Hemp plants.
The THC (Cannabis) works by binding to the CB receptors, mostly the CB1 receptor that is concentrated in the brain and the CB2 receptor that is scattered in the body, which leads to altering your senses and gives you a euphoric sensation, also known as “High”.
While consuming Cannabis sativa, the THC is mainly going to bind with the CB1 receptor, giving you the feeling of a Head High. Similarly, when consuming Cannabis Indica, the THC is going to bind with both CB1 and CB2 receptors giving you the feeling of a Body High.
If you use THC regularly for some time, you are going to develop a tolerance toward it, meaning you are going to feel the diminishing effects or be less high at similar dosage.
With time and constant use, the dosage of THC needed for you to get the previous sensation or to get “stoned” is going to increase and you are going to develop a tolerance toward THC.
To deal with the THC tolerance, you can take a tolerance break from THC to give the body’s receptors a chance to wind down and recover. The exact time for a tolerance break depends on the person, the duration of use, and the amount of THC products used. But it’s safe to say that a tolerance break of 10 to 15 days from THC is going to be enough for most regular users to reset their system.
You can also take CBD to manage the THC tolerance.
CBD Effects and Tolerance Explained
CBD, short for “Cannabidiol”, is a non-psychoactive compound of Cannabis and Hemp plants with many therapeutic benefits.
The CBD also works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system and CB receptors similar to THC, but it indirectly regulates the receptors that are scattered in the body and mind.
However, CBD does not cause any sense-altering effects, rather, it exhibits therapeutic properties like anti-anxiety, anti-inflammation, pain relief, and insomnia relief.
That’s the reason CBD is in the craze right now, it will likely be more popular in the near future.
Unlike THC, you can not develop a tolerance to CBD, rather if you are using CBD every day at a certain dosage for certain benefits, after some time you will notice that the required dosage to reach that benefit will decrease.
This happens because once your body’s endocannabinoid system and receptors adjust to the CBD and reach a certain stage of homeostasis, so they do not require more. Instead, they are going to need a lot less dose of CBD for the same results.
So the long-term use of CBD actually results in building a reverse tolerance.
If both CBD and THC are taken together or at a difference of a few hours, their effects will overlap, meaning CBD is going to interact with THC in your body.
How Does CBD Affect THC?
If you take both CBD and THC (Cannabis) together, the CBD is going to alter the effects of THC, since both the Cannabinoids interact with the bunch of same receptors, you are going to feel less of a buzz when you were taking just THC.
CBD also helps manage and reduce the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria, panic, anxiety, or sedation.
CBD generally tames the feeling of “High” caused by THC.
However, you are still going to feel the effects of THC, but it will be more tolerable and a lot less mild with CBD, rather when taken THC alone.
Both the Cannabinoids have similar workings but their effects are far apart.
Both of them work by interacting with your body’s receptors but CBD does not interact in a similar manner as THC does.
THC hyperaroused your body’s cannabinoid receptors and overwhelms the Endocannabinoid System and the more THC you take the more active it becomes.
So there is a constant need of taking more THC to get the similar “High”.
While the CBD helps the receptors reach a more balanced state, and once that balanced state is reached, then increasing the dose of CBD will just be ineffective and useless.
CBD also helps curb the side effects of THC.
How Does CBD Affect THC Tolerance?
Once you develop the tolerance to THC, you will require an even higher dosage to reach the desired effects, and this increase in THC dosage generally comes with many discomforts like the feeling of panic, anxiety, poor motor skills, and a decrease in response time.
Many people deal with this by taking a tolerance break from THC. which can last somewhere between 3 to 15 days or more depending on the person and usage.
However, there is one more effective solution for it, CBD.
Although there is not a lot of research available, people have reported that CBD helps lower their THC tolerance and deal with that Intoxicating feeling in a faster and better way.
What CBD does is, it balances some of the cannabinoid receptors that were hyper-aroused by THC and helps them regain their natural self.
Some people who have taken CBD during the tolerance break from THC, have also reported having faster recovery time and better results from the tolerance break.
However, it’s not the case for everyone.
CBD works differently for everybody, so for some, it’s possible that CBD might just not work as effectively to deal with the THC tolerance.
CBD is also known to manage the withdrawal symptoms of THC and opioid use.
CBD and THC both are the two faces of a coin, they work similarly but they are quite different from each other.
As far as the tolerance goes, CBD doesn’t cause any. However, THC does.
To deal with the THC tolerance, you can take a tolerance break or you can take CBD in the mix.
CBD might help you deal with the THC tolerance in a faster and more effective way.
But CBD and THC work differently for everyone, so keeping an open mind in figuring out what works for you is the way to go.