You might have seen or experienced the many CBD THC ratios listed on the array of cannabis products available. Maybe you already have a favorite product and ratio, but you wonder why and how it works.
First, we'll compare CBD to THC, as if comparing two types of friends. We'll explore these friends' personalities a bit, and then we'll get into some of the science and practical uses of CBD and THC. For a quick glance at some great strains, there are lists provided below for your reference.
Picking the wrong ratio could get you into a sticky icky situation, but nothing you won't be able to handle. After all, the research is half the fun. Let's get into it.
The Roles of THC and CBD
Let's talk a little about these two cannabinoids first. We'll discuss how and why different ratios change your experience.
There are 118 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. They work together to provide benefits in what is called the "entourage effect". In other words, the cannabinoids work synergistically. The two most prominent of these molecules are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD and THC are the stars of the show when it comes to current research, proving to be beneficial to the mind and body in many different ways. Other cannabinoids are being studied for their benefits as well. But today we'll talk about our friends, aptly named CBD and THC.
Meet CBD and THC
Let's get to know them individually for a moment. Your sweater-wearing friend, CBD, is the mellow one. They'll come over and make you some nice hot chocolate on a cold winter's night. They have a calming and balancing effect on your life.
But THC likes to shake things up. Sometimes they play the music a little too loud. They throw a little chaos into the mix. They get lots of creative ideas and inspire/allow you to think outside the box.
THC tells great jokes, and you're usually really happy around them. But, right before they leave your place, they become a pain in the neck. In other words, consuming a cannabis product with a high THC to CBD ratio can make your muscles slightly achy on the comedown.
Nonetheless, THC is definitely worth inviting, because they bring all the fun.
When they're both at the party at the same time, CBD will give you a big hug if THC gets overwhelming. And THC will keep it interesting if you're bored with CBD. They balance each other out nicely.
Remember: Dosage, mindset, and setting are worth considering before you consume marijuana. It's best to stay home the first time, just in case you get disoriented.
CBD THC Ratios
It's easier to think of the CBD THC ratios rather than in milligrams or percentages. There's likely no perfect ratio, but you can come very close to finding the right ones for certain times of your day, the experience you want to have, and the health benefits for which you're taking it.
Products that contain only CBD or THC are called isolates. These are often taken in oil or tincture form. You'd look for CBD isolate or THC isolates. "Full-spectrum" means they contain all the other cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant from which the tincture was made.
A full-spectrum CBD tincture, for example, would be high in CBD and the other cannabinoids, but extremely low in THC (<0.3%). Using oil and tincture isolates is quick and odorless. You can also grow your own cannabis and make isolates at home.
Some of CBD's therapeutic roles:
anxiolytic (reduces anxiety)
analgesic (pain reliever)
Let's talk about neurophysiology. CBD and THC act on different receptors in the brain. THC binds to your CB1 receptors, thus mimicking the effects of anandamide, one of our natural neurotransmitters that causes a euphoric feeling.
CBD binds to your CB2 receptors while blocking some of the THC from binding with the CB1 receptors. This blocking action is how CBD keeps you mellow (and your body less achy) while experiencing the psychoactive high that THC brings.
Some of THC's therapeutic roles:
analgesic (pain reliever)
- appetite stimulant
THC has a psychoactive effect, can make you feel euphoric, giggly, and abstract in thought. It gives you a slightly looser grasp on the importance of logical thought (just enough to let your creativity flow). In larger doses, you can feel a little disoriented and sleepy. If this happens, it's best to just lie down and relax.
When you're coming down, it can have you thinking about your life and your past. You'll feel a bit more confronted with who you are and how you could improve or rework certain aspects of yourself and your perceptions.
This is the "paranoia" part people will tell you about. Joe Rogan of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast has told some of his guests that the "paranoia" phase is actually his favorite part of the high because of the self-reflection it tends to induce. He sees it as an opportunity to better himself.
It's easy to find information on strains online, and your local budtender can tell you about what they've got for sale and other strains out there. Let's take a look at some high CBD, high THC, and 1:1 CBD to THC strains, respectively.
High CBD Strains
You might want to choose a CBD-dominant strain if you're going to be busy with a project or task that requires your mind to be sharp. As we mentioned above, it'll help with anxiety, pain, and more.
When shopping for CBD-dominant seeds online, you'll notice many sellers put CBD right in the strain name, while offering you a ratio or percentage.
Some of the best CBD-dominant strains include:
High THC Strains
Pick a high THC-dominant strain if you want to get strong psychoactive effects. The high from each strain depends also on the terpene profile, genetics, and phenotype. Consume it or smoke it when you don't need to maintain perfect coordination, and when you want to free your mind a bit. Remember, you can take it slow, or you can choose to get high quickly.
Some of the strongest THC-dominant strains include:
Girl Scout Cookies
Ghost Train Haze
Choose a 1:1 if you like the best of both worlds. As we discussed above, they complement and counter-balance one another.
Some of the best 1:1 marijuana strains include:
Sweet and Sour Widow
It's not a perfect science, but in order to be certain of the CBD THC ratio of your cannabis, read the labels or ask your budtender. Or grow your own at home and then try them or have them tested.
When you grow your own, you're in full control of where your seeds come from, the quality of the nutrients your ladies are fed, and the environment in which they're grown.
You can always take a CBD tincture or oil, smoke CBD cannabis, or take a CBD edible, etc. if you need to calm down your anxiety, whether you are high on THC or not. Try to keep some on hand. Remember, it takes some time to feel the full effect of CBD.
To reduce the effects of THC, get to know the cycle of your highs on each ratio you use. Take your CBD supplement around 30 minutes before the paranoia (if any) usually kicks in for you.
The More You Know
If this is your first time, remember -- you might react a little differently from others when it comes to cannabis in general. Some people don't feel anything the first time they consume it. Take it slow. You don't want to be blasted to the moon, either...unless you do.
You can find perfectly balanced CBD THC ratios for you by consulting your doctor and/or budtender or by doing your own research. Try them out and consider keeping a journal. After all, cannabis can sometimes have slight, temporary impairment of short-term memory.
Grobo Can Help
Grobo is an automated grow box. We use deep water culture, a hydroponic technique to grow the plants. You simply add your plant, pick from the grow recipes in our app (we have hundreds of strains!), then the system does the rest. Use strains containing your favorite CBD THC ratios.
We have tons of educational videos on our YouTube channel. Although we focus on growing cannabis, we can help you grow other plants as well.