Should I Add CBD to My THC-O to Balance It Out?
The latest (and greatest) all-natural, hemp-derived cannabinoid built on a foundation of cannabidiol to hit the consumer market this year is THC-O. Here at Diamond CBD, you’re enjoying this new compound in fantastic new products like Alibi THC-O vapes and Flawless THC-O gummies. Like Delta-8 THC and Delta-10 before it, THC-O has taken the hemp world by storm, changing how consumers use cannabinoids and enjoy a legal buzz.
But unlike anything that has come before, THC-O is more powerful and more potent. The buzz from THC-O will knock consumers down if they are not careful. And while THC-O is a completely 100% safe cannabinoid — as is anything that comes from hemp — it can be a shock for both new users and experienced ones alike. Products like Delta-8 THC and Delta-10 THC are designed to give you a smooth and subtle buzz so that you keep a clear head and move about your day.
THC-O, in many cases, will keep you locked into the couch. It’s a fun experience for those looking for a bit of an edge in their cannabinoids.
“THC-O’s appeal lies in its potency and its legal status. Research has found that it’s roughly three times stronger than conventional THC. It has been called “the psychedelic cannabinoid” for its borderline hallucinatory effects. Because it’s derived from federally legal hemp, THC-O products are becoming increasingly popular in the states where consumers don’t have access to legal, state-licensed delta-9 THC products,” writes Leafly.
Because THC-O is so potent, users want to be careful. One way to do that is to make sure you use it in moderation. But what if you also used THC-O in conjunction with CBD? Would the combination mellow out the effects of THC-O? It’s something that cannabis users have tried for years with great success.
Combing CBD With Other Cannabinoids: The Entourage Effect
Combining cannabinoids is not a new idea by any means. Heck, the cannabis and hemp plants themselves have 100s of cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids in them naturally, something that many users like to take advantage of on their own. When users partake in Full Spectrum of Broad Spectrum products — those with a multitude of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and more, the entourage effect is said to kick in. Users feel a fuller, bolder effect that hits both body and mind.
In fact, a number of studies show that combing cannabinoids have positive benefits beyond just enhancing the buzz. While we can’t go into any of those things here (thanks, FDA), we can say that researchers found numerous positive benefits for the human body. We encourage you to check them out yourself.
Still, the entourage effect is just a theory right now, and more research is needed. “Like much of what we know about medical cannabis, the entourage effect is just a well-supported theory right now. And not all research has found evidence to support it,” healthline.com noted.
“A 2019 study tested six common terpenes both alone and in combination. The researchers found that the effects of THC on the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 were unchanged by the addition of terpenes. This doesn’t mean that the entourage effect definitely doesn’t exist. It just means that more research is needed. It’s possible that terpenes interface with THC elsewhere in the brain or body, or in a different way,” the site continued.
But what does this mean for combining CBD with THC-O? Let’s find out.
Should I Combine CBD With My THC-O?
For years now, cannabis users have added some CBD to their products to lessen any unwanted effects of THC. As we all know, THC has a tendency to cause users anxiety and paranoia on occasion. THC-O is a bit more potent than classic Delta-9 THC and, if used to excess, might have the same effects. Adding some Full Spectrum Diamond CBD Oil to your Alibi THC-O Vape sesh might not be a bad idea, especially if you’re a new user. “Some people experience side effects like anxiety, hunger, and sedation after taking THC. Rat and human studies covered in the same 2011 review suggest that CBD may help reduce these side effects,” writes healthline.com again. There’s no reason to think the same doesn’t work for THC-O.
But how much CBD should you take? These questions are always tricky to answer because each person is unique. How THC-O affects you might not be the same for the following user. And Healthline.com agrees — remember, they’re writing about Delta-9 THC, but the same applies to anyone using THC-O:
“A person with Crohn’s disease who uses cannabis-based medicine for nausea relief will probably have a different ideal ratio of THC to CBD than a weekend warrior who uses it for muscle pain. There’s no one dosage or ratio that works for everyone,” writes Healthline.com.
“If you want to try taking CBD and THC, start by talking to your healthcare provider. They may be able to provide a recommendation, and can advise you of potential drug interactions if you’re taking any medications,” the site continued.