Scientists have figured out why CBD can make you feel less paranoid

Smoking cannabis high in CBD (as opposed to THC) has been touted as a way to keep your wits about you

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-01

For as long as there’s been CBD, theories have been shared about how it helps keep your high in check.

For those of us who are prone to paranoia, for example, smoking cannabis high in CBD (as opposed to THC) has been touted as a way to keep your wits about you.

But scientists never really knew what was going on. Now, researchers from Western University in London, Ontario have published a study suggesting that CBD interacts with THC, softening what they call a “cascade” of activity in the brain.

The whole study was done on rats. But those rats, when given too much THC, exhibited some remarkably human behaviour – they hung out at the edge of their cage, not doing much of anything. Been there! 

The hope is that this research helps to figure out exactly what role CBD can play in the cannabis effect arsenal. But it’s also a scientific validation of some good advice. If you’re going out to socialize and want to smoke, having some CBD on hand is a good idea – and good manners for your freaked out buddies. 

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