A few CBD gel cap brands that may have a little more THC than the federally allowed 0.3 percent limit for hemp-derived products. I’ve gotten a little high while using a few CBD brands.
I figured it was because the caps had a small amount of THC along with the CBD, and I’d taken more than the recommended dose. I routinely take a larger dose (than recommended) of everything — Advil, Zyrtec, Imodium, whatever. So, too with CBD.
Even in this brief period of mild intoxication, I appreciated the lightness of being one can get from a small amount of THC. But worried that the experience of getting even a little high for a brief time might make some people uncomfortable. They might not understand what was happening, and that could permanently put them off using CBD,.
The more I learned about and experienced CBD, the more I appreciated the therapeutic value of THC.
The THC microdosing treatment also enhanced molecular processes involved in cell plasticity, synapse formation, and cell signaling. And it positively affected genes involved in extending lifespan and improving cognition and a gene thought to be protective against Alzheimer’s. Some improvements lasted several weeks after treatment.
These studies were of special interest to me because my mother died of Alzheimer’s. If microdosing THC could slow or stop the degenerative process that leads to the disease in people, I was determined to microdose THC. And it’s good to know that anyone who wanted or needed to could use CBD-rich essential oil extracts with a small amount of THC possibly to prevent future cognitive problems and neurodegenerative conditions.
CBD & THC: Better Together
There are lots of reasons to use THC and CBD as daily supplements.
After screening a variety of cannabinoids for their anticancer properties, McAllister’s group concluded that CBD was “the most active inhibitor of several different aggressive cancers.” But if you combine CBD with THC, “you actually enhance the anticancer effects of CBD,” McAllister stated in a YouTube lecture about his team’s findings.
When CBD and THC were combined in culture dishes with aggressive brain cancer cells, there was “a synergistic improvement in the ability of THC not only to inhibit the growth of these aggressive brain cancer cells but to cause programmed cell death, which is very important because you want to kill these tumor cells” so they can’t grow back.
Benefits of Getting High
If you want to use CBD or even THC but you’re worried about getting high, here are some reassuring thoughts from Dr. Dustin Sulak, an integrative medicine practitioner who focuses on medical cannabis, osteopathy, and mind-body healing. Sulak founded Integr8 Health, a holistic health practice with locations in Maine and Massachusetts that treat more than 8,000 medical cannabis patients. His educational platform, healer.com, is full of helpful information for patients and physicians.
In 2019, Sulak spoke at CannMed, an annual conference that showcases new developments in cannabis science and therapeutics. In his talk, Sulak discussed the adverse effects and the benefits of getting high on cannabis.
For adverse reactions, Sulak mentioned memory deficits, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, impaired coordination, dizziness, and being tired: “These are things I see as side effects in my practice, typically related to excessive doses of THC and also to factors of set [mindset] and setting [environment],” both of which influence a person’s response to cannabis.
And what are the psychoactive benefits of cannabis?
“To begin with,” he said, “euphoria.”
Described dismissively in many research papers as an undesirable side effect, cannabis-induced euphoria is critically important to many patients who are suffering. It’s about “positive mood, relaxation, laughter, socializing, and time distortion that allows them to come into the present moment,” Sulak noted. “And then there’s the intensification of ordinary experiences that can be leveraged for a practice of mindfulness called savoring.”
Sulak called savoring an antidote to anhedonia, which is an inability to feel pleasure. This is “a major culprit in depression and especially opioid use disorder, when people are no longer able to experience pleasure from the natural things in their lives that should give them pleasure,” Sulak explained, so they seek something that temporarily gives them a stronger pleasure signal, and it becomes “a downward spiral” in which they have to use a drug or a substance just to feel normal.
Cannabis, especially THC, can break that cycle, he told the CannMed audience.
“When [cannabis is] used intentionally to support a process of savoring, people can restore the natural pleasure they get from healthy activities in their lives, including eating, listening to music, having sex, just connecting, taking a walk, smelling the flowers,” he asserted. Experiencing cannabis this way can help patients separate their pain from the good things, the pleasure, the people that matter in their lives.
“This unbundling,” Sulak said, “is an essential gift of cannabis.”