When shopping for cannabis, you’ll discover that the strains available all have different and specific THC and CBD ratios. Which one is the best?
The short answer is, simply, whatever is best for you. Deciding upon a ratio depends entirely on the benefits you personally seek from the cannabis. Everyone has a “sweet spot” for their favorite ratio.
Some cannabis brands will market their ratio as a CBD:THC parts comparison, like 1:2, meaning one part CBD for every two parts THC. Other brands will write it as a measurement, usually in micrograms.
Here are some things to consider when deciding for yourself:
What Is THC and CBD?
The cannabis plant consists of fibrous plant material with a cellular structure that contains more than 500 active compounds. There are terpenes, which are responsible for the aroma associated with the buds and leaves. There are also flavonoids, which provide the taste and flavor of individual strains.
As well, cannabis contains compounds known as cannabinoids. These are unique to the cannabis plant, and they include THC and CBD. THC is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD is short for cannabinol. THC is well known for the psychoactive high, and it also can impact mood, sleep, and appetite.
CBD, meanwhile, is a non-intoxicating substance that impacts the body in other ways. It has been shown to help with anxiety and depression, pain management, hormonal stability, and a variety of other health issues.
Both THC and CBD are found naturally in the cannabis plant.
How Are the Ratios Created?
Each strain has a specific ratio, and farmers will grow the plant to maintain consistency for their brand. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything unnatural about different ratios. Just as there are different kinds of tomatoes—some extra-large, some purple—there are different ratios for each strain of cannabis.
Where there is talk about how cannabis has increased in potency over the decades, it’s a reference to the ratio. For years, growers were interested in growing strains with the highest percentage of THC for a stronger high. With an expanded market thanks to legalization, consumers have a wider variety of ratios from which to choose.
What Can You Expect from THC – Heavy Ratios?
The majority of cannabis in dispensaries are THC-dominant strains, offering a pleasing high that comes from the dose of THC. Depending on whether the strain is a Sativa or an Indica, it will feel heady, invigorating, and euphoric or offer a relaxing, overwhelming body high.
THC-dominant ratios are sometimes considered beneficial for pain management, glaucoma, falling asleep, increasing appetite, and reducing nausea. Conversely, some people are sensitive to THC and can experience paranoia or anxiety from such a ratio.
What Can You Expect from CBD – Heavy Strains?
When a strain has a higher ratio of CBD, often the high will not be quite as potent and able to be used more frequently. This may be helpful to someone enjoying cannabis for pain management, depression, migraines, or anxiety. CBD-heavy ratios also aren’t as likely to result in bloodshot eyes or dry mouth.
Experimenting with different ratios will help you decide what is best for you.