17 Oct Can CBD Reverse The Effects Of THC?
In Chula Vista, California, a group of teenagers at a quinceañera get their hands on a bag of THC-infused gummy bears. A fourth grade boy in Grand Junction, Colorado brings a half-dozen THC-infused cookies to school. And in Ventura, California, a sixty-seven year old man receives a THC chocolate bar from his son. Even though the son told his dad to only eat an eighth of the bar, his dad waits ten minutes and then eats half of it. “I don’t feel anything” is said before he eats the rest of it. Shortly after increasing the serving size of his edible… the first one kicks in. Uh-oh! What do you do when that happens?
Each of the true stories above ended the same way: too much THC was ingested and a trip to the hospital ensued. The first two are “unintentional pediatric overdoses” and are very serious incidents. While there are no reported cases, ever, of a cannabis overdose, causing death, it can cause a number of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, disorientation, confusion, anxiety, and extremely deep sedation.
A responsible cannabis user must do everything they can to keep cannabis edibles and candies away from children and minors. The latter event, even though it happened to an adult and could be filed under “user error”, is no less traumatic to the user. A THC edible overdose sometimes referred to as “freak outs”, can be very intense and quite lengthy in duration. The effects depend on the serving size, the person’s body, and the set and setting of their mental and physical environment.
In all three instances above, there’s one thing that would’ve have helped each overdose victim: more cannabis!
CBD Can Reverse The Negative Effects of THC
Yep, the quickest and surest way to “mellow out” the paranoia and anxiety often associated with a THC high is by ingesting another marijuana compound, called CBD.
In his book Smoke Signals, Martin A. Lee writes, “Cannabidiol (CBD) balances the buzz and softens the euphoria – or, in some cases, the dysphoria – induced by THC, which, in concentrated form, can make people feel very loopy and weird. CBD is the yin of THC’s yang.”
This claim has been looked into and researched through clinical levels parallel to a mountain of anecdotal support by people via the internet. Countless testimonials by these health advocates claim that the relaxing effects of CBD combat any feelings of paranoia or panic that can sometimes be felt under the influence of THC.
Some THC vs CBD Science
Besides the well-known THC, there are more than 60 other cannabinoids that have been identified in marijuana, including cannabidiol, or CBD. So how does CBD actually lessen the stress associated with a case of “too much THC”?
CBD works by blocking THC from binding with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, toning down the effects of THC. It is thought that CBD acts like a dimmer switch, in that it has a way of decreasing excess signaling and activity in the brain’s endocannabinoid system.
CBD tones down the receptors that THC binds to by blocking endocannabinoid metabolism, so the effect of THC may not be as intense and therefore less likely to steer the user into anxiety.
Cannabinoids like THC bind to these receptor sites to induce a variety of effects from euphoria to anxiety. But cannabinoids from cannabis aren’t the only compounds that interact with our system. Our bodies actually produce their own marijuana-like compounds – known as endocannabinoids – that interact with this system. In other words, cannabinoids and endocannabinoids are two different sets of keys that unlock the same locks.
The Incredible Edible Problem
Most edibles suggest serving sizes of 10 mg of THC as a starting point. Depending on your size, experience, and tolerance, your serving size may vary. Over time, as tolerance increases, serving sizes increase to match the needs of individuals. Most edible products contain multiple servings. Since THC is a fat-soluble molecule, edible treats often include high sugar and/or flavorings to improve the taste. You can see why it’s so easy to eat more!
Edibles can contain 30 to 40 mg of THC without much CBD, sometimes even up to 500/1000mg of THC! You can bet these are much more likely to cause side effects beyond the intended experience. When your receptors get “blown out” by the huge influx of THC and other cannabinoids, it has to adjust just like any other receptor system. When the body has too much of a good thing, it does what is necessary to balance itself out.
If you’re new to THC or even an old pro, keeping some CBD on-hand as an “emergency remedy” is becoming increasingly more common. If you reside in U. S. states such as Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and California, and you have children, it’s not a bad idea to keep some CBD oil in the cupboard. Even the most responsible of cannabis users can accidentally leave out some THC candy or gummies, where a child might find it and eat it. In other cases, it could be a parent or friend! Either way, having some CBD products to offset a potential THC “OD” is not a shabby backup plan.
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