Guide To CBD & THC Ratios In Medical Marijuana Products
What’s the importance of CBD & THC ratios in your medical marijuana products?
When you first start considering the use of medical marijuana, some of the terms such as CBD, THC, cannabinoids, and their ratios in medical marijuana products can be quite daunting to wrap your mind around. It’s a lot of new information that you need to take in a short amount of time.
In the following guide, we’ll take a closer look at CBD and THC, what they are, and why their ratios in medical marijuana products are so important. So the next time that you choose a medical marijuana product, you’ll be much more informed about which products are best suited to you.
Understanding the Difference Between CBD & THC
Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are cannabinoids found in marijuana or hemp plants. However, the ratios of both dominant cannabinoids vary greatly depending on the strain of the plant. While both cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), they both do it in different ways.
THC will bind with the CB1 receptors in the brain, which is responsible for that ‘euphoric high’ that you experience. CBD only binds to the CB1 receptor when THC is present and doesn’t produce any sort of psychotropic high.
When you combine THC and CBD together in different ratios, the effects of the medical marijuana product will vary and produce different therapeutic effects. While we know a lot about medical marijuana and have come a long way over the last decade, we’re still discovering which ratios work best for what conditions.
What Is The CBD:THC Ratio?
The ratio of CBD:THC determines how much of each cannabinoid is in the medical marijuana compound when compared to each other. For example, a 1:1 ratio of CBD/THC would mean that there are equal amounts of CBD and THC.
Unfortunately, over the last few years, we have seen many cannabis growers move away from balanced CBD:THC ratios and instead focus on increasing the amount of THC for the recreational cannabis market. While this may result in the user experiencing a more ‘euphoric high,’ it could mean that they’re missing out on some therapeutic benefits from CBD.
Luckily, some growers are still focusing on the medical marijuana market. As a result, we see marijuana strains developed that offer specific CBD:THC ratios that are cultivated to provide maximum therapeutic benefits.
Below are some of the common ratios used in medical marijuana products for a variety of different conditions, including:
CBD/THC Ratio for Pain
- Mild Pain – Consider a CBD:THC ratio of 20:1 or 10:1.
- Neuropathic Pain – A balanced ratio of CBD:THC 1:1.
- Severe or Chronic Pain – A more potent ratio of CBD:THC 1:10 or 1:20.
CBD/THC Ratio for Anxiety
- Anxiety – Some people experience heightened anxiety or paranoia when using medical marijuana products high in THC. So, a balanced or CBD dominant product is recommended for anyone that suffers from anxiety.
CBD/THC Ratio for Insomnia
- Insomnia – Because of the way that THC can produce stress and anxiety in some people, a higher ratio of CBD:THC is recommended.
Book Your Risk-Free Medical Marijuana Consultation Today
Hopefully, now you have a much clearer idea about medical marijuana and the role that CBD and THC ratios play in cannabis products. The medical marijuana industry has come a long way in a short amount of time, and we’re still discovering exciting new information every day.
If you have a qualifying condition and are looking to get your Medical Marijuana Card, we encourage you to book a 100% risk-free consultation with one of our compassionate board-certified Marijuana Doctors.
Cbd oil ratio for pain
Every product at The Novel Tree Medical will be labeled with a breakdown the CBD:THC ratio.
How to Read Ratios and Doses
Anytime you see a product that features a ratio, the first number will reflect the amount of CBD in a product. The second number featured shows the amount of THC in the same product. For example, a 10:1 Ratio tincture has 10x the amount of CBD as THC. It is important to know that CBD comes first, as you may come across ratios that have more THC than CBD. Each ratio has its own range of effects, so it’s best to talk with a medical consultant to find the ratio that best suits your needs.
Let’s Explore a 5:1 Ratio Cannabis Product
The Potency on the far left-hand column shows the amount of THC and CBD in the packaging. The suggested serving of 0.6ml will contain 11mg CBD and 2.4mg of THC in a 5:1 ratio.
The potency in the 5:1 is a total (TTL) of 200mg, however you can see that there is approximately five times the amount of CBD in relation to the amount of THC. Many guests will start with .3 ml (1/2 of a standard serving). Because all producers are required to list the potency, tinctures and edibles make it easy to control your serving.
While it can be difficult to gauge an exact serving from flower or a vaporizer, knowing the potency of your product in advance can help you anticipate the effects to come. Fairwinds lists the average potency as well as the terpenes featured in their products. A terpene profile can provide additional insight to the experience you can expect from said product.
1:1 Ratio – Having equal parts CBD and THC seems to be the most effective in tackling pain management. The goal of utilizing a 1:1 product is to induce a gentle buzz while allowing the consumer to function and focus throughout the day. While CBD affects inflammation throughout the body, THC regulates neurotransmitters and how the brain perceives pain. The 1:1 ratio provides both mental and physical relief from pain. While this ratio is not considered “recreational”, 1:1 products can be easily found at most dispensaries. 2
2:1 Ratio – Having twice the amount of CBD as THC can still provide a slight buzz, but it should be minimal compared to 1:1 strains and recreational products. This ratio might be ideal for those looking to combat autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, or general aches and pains.
5:1 Ratio – This ratio is an excellent place to start for those who are new to cannabis, or experienced consumers who are looking for products that will allow them to function without intoxication. Fairwinds 5:1 Ratio Tincture offers an invigorating blend of terpenes to accentuate the therapeutic benefits of the CBD. 3
1:2 Ratio – This ratio allows you to enjoy the psychoactive effects of THC, with an enhanced body high from the CBD. Often recommended as a sleep aid, this ratio can be more sedative depending on the terpene profile of the product. 4
We’re Here to Answer Your Questions About CBD and THC
It can be a challenge navigating the available products on the market, especially when you’re seeking relief. If you have any questions about what ratio may best suit your needs, we encourage you to reach out or stop in for a visit with our consultants. We are happy to take the time with you to make sure you’re comfortable and confident with the products you choose to take home.