Paranoia - Is marijuana out to get me?
In a British study of two well-known extracts of marijuana called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol [tet-rah-hy-dro-can-ah-bin-ol], the component that “gets you high”, and CBD, or cannabidiol [can-ah-bid-I-all], the one which actually acts to suppress most of the adverse effects of THC, scientists confirmed something that had been long-suspected by others:
When used initially, unmodified by breeders, most marijuana had concentrations of 4-5% THC and 1-2% CBD. This didn't cause harm and put the lie to silly propaganda movies like Reefer Madness. However, once we moved to modern versions bred for "super-highs," which easily exceeded 15% THC and next to no measurable CBD component, they began to push the silliness of those movies into the realm of reality.
Without understanding the role of CBD, developers removing it left people subject to anxiety, paranoia, and other psychopathies such as temporary or permanent memory loss, and heightened, permanent states of paranoia.
Modern recreational marijuana producers now know that high-THC-content alone, in varieties often referred to as "skunk," causes paranoia and anxiety, making for very unpleasant "highs." As a result, the infamous 100% THC strains are now being phased out in favor of the moderating effects of strains with a significant CBD component. Why the change?
CBD has been demonstrated to counteract the anxiety/paranoia effect and even moderates or eliminates the memory-loss issue found in ultra-strong THC-only varieties. While you can still find low CBD/high THC types, they’re useful only to those limited few people with resistance to the harmful effects of unmoderated THC. Instead, breeders have mostly gone in favor of more balanced CBD/THC products.
The researchers confirmed that strains with very high values of THC caused paranoia. Strains with very high amounts of CBD did not do so. Throughout their study, they revealed that the effect was proportional to the ratio of THC to CBD. You could still have high values of THC provided you had correspondingly high amounts of CBD. Nowadays, values of 70:30 are considered a good starting point.
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