Finding The Optimal Therapeutic Ratio Of THC And CBD

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When dosing medical marijuana, patients should understand that there therapeutic efficacy of a strain depends on the cannabinoid and terpene composition of the plant. The most easily identifiable and the most well-known therapeutic cannabinoids are THC and CBD, and some reputable dispensaries will test for these compositions, making it easier for a patient to select a medication more precisely tailored to his or her symptoms. Finding the optimal ratio of these cannabinoids can be difficult at first, and our app can help by allowing you to input specific data regarding your regimen, including the cannabinoid composition of your strain, until you discover the dose that works best for you. Until then, here is some information about THC and CBD to help inform your decision when choosing a composition for beginning your therapy. 

The cannabinoid THC is known for its analgesic, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD, on the other hand, is helpful for its anti-psychotic, anti-seizure, and anti-anxiety properties. The two cannabinoids work together in what is known as the entourage effect to enhance therapeutic relief while reducing negative side effects. Some research regarding THC:CBD research comes from the pharmaceutical industry in their developments of marijuana based medications, and they found a 1:1 ratio of THC-CBD in extracts was preferable to isolated compounds when it comes to targeting pain and muscle spasms and enhancing sleep. THC delays motor deterioration and increasing long term survival in patients who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), but research has shown CBD is able to work in conjunction with THC to enhance these effects. THC and CBD each are cytotoxic and anti-angiogenic agents, making them both powerful players in combating cancer symptoms.

As more research is completed on the relationship between different cannabinoids and terpenes, and as standardized testing becomes more developed within the medical cannabis industry, patients will be able to determine the strains that work best for alleviating their conditions. This information has been provided by Medical Jane and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.