Last week we discussed what THC tolerance is, how it works, and how to combat it. In case you missed that article and are wondering what the heck tolerance is and how it pertains to marijuana, check out last week’s post.
If you don’t want to read that entire article, here’s the Cliff’s Notes:
As you build up a tolerance to THC (the active compound in marijuana that gets you “high”), your body will require greater amounts of it to achieve the same perceived effects. This means if you consume 20mg of THC today, you may have to consume 25mg to achieve the same effect tomorrow. This leads many consumers do their best to keep their tolerance, and budget, in check.
This tends to give THC tolerance a bad rap, but in this article, I want to talk briefly about how it can actually be beneficial to consumers to develop a tolerance, especially those using cannabis for medical purposes.
But before we get into how having a tolerance for THC can be good for you, we first have to explore what is known as…
“The Entourage Effect”
The Entourage Effect essentially boils down to the age-old concept of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. While many people are familiar with the compound Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), what many do not know is that there are hundreds of other compounds in any given marijuana plant. These compounds are collectively known as “cannabinoids”, and the Entourage Effect Theory claims that when consumed together there is a synergy between these cannabinoids that can result in greater efficacy and enhanced healing properties.
This entourage effect technically covers the various interactions between all cannabinoids, but the most common and well understood of these interactions is that between THC and CBD. CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid present in many strains of marijuana that has been shown to have some pretty significant health benefits. Anti-anxietal, anti-inflammatory, pain relief, seizure relief, and several more. (For more info and specifics on CBD, I suggest you check out ProjectCBD.org)
But here’s the catch. Many researchers believe that while CBD can demonstrate medicinal properties on its own, it becomes most effective when administered together (“in entourage”) with THC.
However, because many consumers find larger doses of THC to be unpleasant they will often limit their CBD intake in order to avoid the THC. A low tolerance for THC can therefore limit the amount of CBD that can be consumed, thus decreasing the potential medicinal benefits. This is where a higher tolerance for THC can play in your favor. By slowly adjusting your body to handle larger amounts of THC, you will then be able to consume more of the helpful CBD without worrying about getting stuck on the couch or in your daydreams.
Simply put, the more THC you can handle, the more healing you can get from CBD.
Cannabis is far from a one-size-fits-all product, and I have yet to meet two people who have exactly the same preferences and needs when it comes to marijuana. Every human has different body chemistry, goals, and circumstances so it is largely up to you to decide what works best for you and, regardless if you’re a medical patient trying to heal, or just a recreational user trying to be mindful of their consumption, THC tolerance is something that you should always keep in mind when deciding what cannabis products to consume or not to consume.