Why Do We Add CBD & THC Together?

As the two leading cannabinoids in cannabis, THC and CBD nearly act as opposites. THC molecules mostly bind to the endocannabinoid system’s (ECS) CB1 receptors, which are primarily related to the brain and give psychoactive effects. CBD molecules mostly bind to CB2 receptors that may trigger anti-inflammatory responses and immune processes in the body according to certain studies. It is important to make clear the reports here are theories based on animal research, test tube studies, and case reports. The potential benefits of cannabinoids requires more study and these findings are not intended to claim therapeutic effects.

While every ECS is different, many people tend to experience paranoia and anxiety when consuming THC. However, when CBD is in the body at the same time as THC, it can reduce the psychoactive effects of THC, counteracting these undesirable emotions. 

Not only does CBD modulate stress levels associated with THC, it decelerates the breakdown of THC for longer-lasting results of its positive reported effects like pain relief, mood boost, and regulating hunger and sleep. CBD modulates the cytochrome P450 metabolic pathway through suppression of liver enzyme activity in breaking down THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. Due to this CBD modulation effect, it is always important to evaluate with a doctor the impact CBD will have on any medications.

With the help of THC, CBD can improve neuropathic pain relief. Scientific research now points to the symbiotic relationship of THC and CBD as the “entourage effect.” Studies prove they work to enhance the valuable qualities of one another when taken together.

Remember, edibles tend to have higher levels of THC and less cannabinoids to balance its effects. Since edibles pass through the digestive system, the molecules metabolize into a highly potent version of THC (11-hydroxy-THC) that can easily access the brain, which means you get way more intoxicated. We recommend consuming CBD an hour before THC for best results, but you can take CBD anytime to calm anxiety and paranoia.

It’s no wonder why we’re huge advocates of a 1:1 THC / CBD formula! Lucky Turtle crafts a 1:1 Vape Cartridge, a 1:1 Balance Tincture, and all our Turtle Butter edibles have an equal ratio, so you can avoid the heart-racing anxiety, chill out, and enjoy a better high. 


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and this content is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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