Our body has an endocannabinoid system that regulates important biological functions including appetite, mood, immune system, and more. Cannabinoids in cannabis can act on these cannabinoid receptors all over our body. The two most popular and widely used cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Knowing what ratio to take of each cannabinoid is vital to determine which effects you will feel.
What’s The Difference Between CBD And THC?
CBD has been referred to as “non-psychoactive,” but the more appropriate term would be non-hallucinogenic. THC, on the other hand, produces feelings of euphoria, giddiness, and the signature cannabis “high.” THC and CBD differ in that they act differently on the two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 (brain and spinal cord) and CB2 (peripheral nervous system).
While THC binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce cerebral and psychoactive effects, CBD work inhibits THC from binding with these receptors. These synergistic effects, known as “the entourage effect,” means that CBD can suppress THC’s psychoactive high.
What’s The Best CBD Ratio For You?
A CBD ratio shows users how much CBD content there is compared to THC content, e.g., 3:1. Higher CBD ratios can temper THC’s side effects like anxiety, paranoia, dry mouth, while increasing its relaxing properties. Depending on your sensitivity to THC, you’ll have to test out different ratios to determine effectiveness.
Smoking or vaping CBD flower is the most traditional way to consume. Other discreet consumption methods include concentrates, suppositories, transdermal patches, topicals, capsules, tinctures, and sublingual sprays. CBD edibles have a delayed onset but can provide potent, long-lasting relief.
1:2 Ratio (And Higher)
When a product contains twice as much THC as it does CBD, you’re likely to feel euphoric, happy, and generally in a good mood. Products high in THC can help reduce nausea, pain, and inflammation, as well as increase appetite and help people with insomnia. Too much THC can cause paranoia, over sedation, dry mouth, and dry eyes.
For 1:2 CBD:THC flower, try the pain-relieving Flow Kana Penny Wise or Flow Kana Equinox strains. If you’re looking for CBD topicals, give Dr. Kerklaan Natural Skin Cream and Dr. Kerklaan Sleep Cream a try.
Cannabis research has focused on the balanced 1:1 CBD:THC ratio, especially on its effect on neuropathic pain. Anecdotal evidence suggests that 1:1 ratios can improve autoimmune and inflammatory disorder, inhibit tumor growth, and improve symptoms of autism. 1:1 CBD produces a mild euphoria with a calm and relaxed demeanor. Perfect for inflammation, pain, and anxiety.
Popular 1:1 flower strains include Flow Kana Rosa Berry and Flow Kana Rising Sun strains that provide uplifting effects. If you want to take your CBD on-the-go, opt for cartridges like the Select Oil Remedy CBD Vape Oil. For pain sufferers, try the Dr. Kerklaan Natural Pain Cream or Yummi Karma CBD Tinctures.
2:1 and 3:1 Ratios
2:1 and 3:1 CBD ratios can improve symptoms of autoimmune disorders, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, and skin conditions. These CBD ratios will have you feeling mellowed out with slight psychoactive effects.
4:1 and 5:1 Ratios
These higher CBD ratios won’t likely cause you to feel paranoid or anxious. Instead, these ratios promote supreme relaxation and wash away your stress. You’ll feel the clarity and focus brought on by CBD with the mood-boosting properties of THC.
If you’re looking for CBD strains, check out the organic, small batch Flow Kana Lady Benbow strain. For longer lasting relief, try Care By Design CBD Softgel Capsules or the Yummi Karma CBD Tincture. Tinctures can be applied sublingually for maximum and fast-acting effects.
20:1 Ratio (And Above)
Patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, neurodegenerative diseases can benefit from these CBD-rich ratios. These ratios can also help with pain, inflammation, insomnia, and stress.
In terms of high-CBD flower, look for the Flow Kana Victoria and Flow Kana Canna-TSU strains. Since these higher CBD ratios can be achieved by using hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant species, hemp-derived products exist. Hemp-derived CBD products include Mary’s CBD Muscle Freeze, Mary’s Elite CBD Patch, and Mary’s Elite Gel Pen.
Everyone’s CBD ideal ratio will depend on metabolism, frequency of use, and potency of the product. Furthermore, new CBD users should begin by taking 2.5 mg to 5 mg as an initial dose and wait a couple of hours to gauge the effects. After a couple of hours, you may take an additional dose. Experimentation is key in finding your perfect ratio of CBD.
Author Bio: Fred Hernandez is a cannabis content writer from San Diego, CA. As a cannabis content writer, he aims to educate people about the cannabis industry. When he’s not writing cannabis articles, he’s reading fiction books, exploring new places, and listening to music.