There isn’t a “perfect ratio” when it comes to finding the THC:CBD ratio that’s best for you. However, for many a 1:1 THC-CBD ratio is ideal. We ask why. Selecting quality cannabis products takes some time and careful consideration. Knowing what is in the products you choose is important. Whether you’re experiencing angst or recovering from a tough workout the benefits from a 1:1 golden ratio of THC and CBD are astonishing.
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Understanding CBD:THC Ratios
Selecting quality cannabis products takes some time and careful consideration. Knowing what is in the products you choose is important. Knowing how much of each of those ingredients or components is in a product – not just the amount but also the ratio of one key ingredient to another – is also key to anticipating the potential effects that product may produce.
When we’re talking about cannabis products, the term “ratio” typically refers to the ratio of CBD to THC. These types of ratios can be expressed as CBD:THC (the amount of CBD versus THC).
As we discussed in “The Entourage or Ensemble Effect”, the relationship between THC and CBD is interesting because it is both complementary and antagonistic meaning they both work together in some ways, but in other ways, they work to modify the effects of the other.
Here are some examples of ratios and what those ratios could mean:
40:1 – 40 parts CBD to 1 part THC. This ratio contains a significantly higher amount of CBD that will impact the way the low amount of THC works overall. The focus of a product with this combination is on the benefits of CBD.
18:1 – 18 parts CBD to 1 part THC. With a higher CBD content compared to the THC content, this ratio is not overly psychoactive and can be a good starting point for someone new to CBD or THC.
8:1 – 8 parts CBD to 1 part THC which is more of a mid-range amount of CBD. Again, the CBD content dominates the THC content for a tempering effect that minimizes overt psychoactivity.
4:1 – 4 parts CBD to 1 part THC. This ratio still has a CBD content higher than the THC, which is in the mid-range, but the THC will produce some more pronounced psychoactive effects.
2:1 – 2 parts CBD to 1 part THC. There could be more overt psychoactivity depending on a person’s THC tolerance level since this ratio is a little more equal, with less CBD to temper the THC.
1:1 – 1 part CBD to 1 part THC. While this ratio looks the most balanced, it will actually produce more of an overall psychoactivity and may be better suited for a person with a higher tolerance to THC.
Picking the right ratio is an individual thing – no two people’s bodies or brains (or endocannabinoid systems) are alike. If a person is a novice, a reasonable place to start is at the ratio with the highest amount of CBD versus the THC content. Over time, easing into trying ratios with higher THC will, inevitably, produce different effects but how strong is to be determined person to person.
The Golden Ratio of THC and CBD is 1:1, aka The Entourage Effect
Whether you’re experiencing angst or recovering from a tough workout, the benefits from a 1:1 aka The Golden Ratio are astonishing. The practical mix of THC and CBD offer what we call the entourage effect, giving your body the composure and calm it needs. We have put together how exactly this entourage effect works, and what are some of the best uses for the 1:1 ratio, along with some of our favorite products.
The Entourage Effect with THC and CBD
Combining THC and CBD is the ultimate way to relax your body. THC binds to CB1 receptors and calms the nervous system, whereas CBD binds to CB2 receptors and calms the immune system (additionally regulating serotonin levels). Both parts of your body act independently on a regular basis, and both carry out their biological “tasks”. When you consume a product with an equal THC:CBD ratio, your body experiences what we call the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is when cannabinoids and terpenes other than THC work synergistically with THC. For the 1:1 ratio, our entourage effect is produced from THC and CBD working together.
The 1:1 ratio is the golden ratio for ensuring that you’re getting all the aiding benefits from both THC (nerve and deep muscle pain) and CBD (immuno-health and white blood cell inflammation).
Best Uses for 1:1 Golden Ratio Products
Before elaborating on the many benefits and uses of the ratio, it’s important to highlight that a high can be used and altered in many different ways to your advantage. For example, pairing coffee or an energizing tea with a 1:1 tincture would offer an energizing and productive high, giving the mind a chance to focus and accomplish tasks. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a much more relaxed feeling, you can pair your 1:1 product with a chamomile tea.
Here are a few of our favorite activities that go well with a 1:1.
With your spirits fully relaxed, meditating becomes much more easy with a 1:1. Many find that it helps you focus more on your breath. Since the high isn’t as strong on your nervous system, your brain is in less of a free-floating state, and you are able to focus more on your breath and thoughts.
At a higher dose, the 1:1 ratio is very effective for fighting acute and chronic pain. Recall that THC calms your nervous system and CBD relaxes your immune system. Many patients with overall body aches or localized nerve pain have found the 1:1 ratio really helps them manage pain on a daily basis. CBD is also known to regulate serotonin levels, which is linked to anxiety, stress, and mood.
Of all soothing activities, reading is one of the best on a 1:1. The combination of cannabinoids at a low dose allows your mind to enjoy a long read and visualize what you’re skimming through. Such an activity is spiritually and physically healing.
CBD induces sleep, whereas THC keeps you asleep. A 1:1 works great for inducing and falling asleep, but if you’d like to accelerate that process. Taking a 1:1 tincture or edible 30 minutes before bedtime is an ideal move to sleep well at night. You can always pair this with a cup of warm chamomile to be sure to fall asleep.
Our Favorite 1:1 Products
Miss Grass All Times Pre-rolls – These wonderfully small pre-rolls offer a smooth and tranquil sesh for any time of the day. With a balanced 9% THC and 9% CBD profile, the pre-rolls are the perfect go-to for beginner and intermediate smokers. If you weren’t already sold on these pre-rolls, all sale proceeds of the All Times pre-rolls go to Planned Parenthood
Breez Cinnamon Tablets – These mint-like tabs are meant to be taken sublingually. They pack a punch in taste and are smooth in feeling. Relieve stress and support recovery post-workout or post-workday. Cinnamon CBD delivers the full therapeutic benefits of cannabis with a balanced blend of 5 MG CBD and 5 MG THC in each mint plus contains a naturally anti-inflammatory cinnamon oil.
AC/DC Heavy Hitters Cartridge – AC/DC is one of the few prominent CBD strains out there, and coming across a true 1:1 strain is difficult. Luckily, Heavy Hitters has made a cartridge that stays true to the strain’s profile. Take a few hits of this cartridge and you will experience what a 1:1 is really like.
Kush Queen Awaken Bath Bomb – Cannabis bath bombs are a great way to use topicals. Since you’re in the bath, even coverage is pretty much a guarantee. The Awaken Bath Bomb is a great way to get rid of aches and pains, and for the body and mind to completely relax. Skin is the biggest organ with most of our CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Talk to a budtender today about which products would best suit your endocannabinoid system. You can also call, live chat, video chat, or schedule a consultation with a qualified expert!