THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical that all of us cannabis users know and love. It’s the cannabinoid that gives you that euphoric “high” effect. Many of us have also learned about THC’s sibling chemical CBD; toted in the news and drug stores as the latest miracle drug that can cure anything. Though this isn’t exactly true.
CBD + THC = Better
CBD, when paired with THC, has amazing medicinal benefits that differ from smoking any ol’ joint from your local weed dealer. There is a synergistic experience known as The Entourage Effect that occurs when multiple cannabinoids are consumed at the same time. In turn, you need fewer of each cannabinoid in order to reach a desired medicinal effect when you have as many of those cannabinoids as possible.
Depending on which ratio of the cannabinoids present in what you’re smoking, you can receive different effects. For example, CBD has shown evidence of quelling some of the negative side effects from consuming high levels of high THC like anxiety, paranoia, raised blood pressure and other feelings of “being out of control.” In turn, it makes for a calmer high that can be intense but manageable if you’re used to feeling too intoxicated by straight THC.
Cannabinoid Ratios Explained
Products that include both THC and CBD will have the quantity of both of these compounds, in relation to each other, listed as a ratio on their packaging. For example, if you have a product with 120mg of CBD and 40mg of THC, it will have a ratio of 3:1, CBD:THC. These ratios can vary in any direction of being CBD dominant, THC dominant, or equal parts of both.
Most modern cannabis breeding has produced strains of flower that are much higher in THC but much lower in CBD and other therapeutic cannabinoids. This means you’ll often see THC:CBD ratios at 300:1 and higher. Though this high THC can be fun for, and sought after by, the recreational user, it limits the amount of medicinal application for those that want relief but don’t want to be “high”. Luckily there are amazing breeders and cultivators who are creating and reviving high CBD flower strains that are the source of true full-spectrum and cannabinoid rich oils.
You can now find strains like AC/DC that come naturally with a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio which has worked wonders for mood disorders, depression, inflammation, epilepsy and many more. Ratios higher than a 12:1 CBD:THC ratio show little signs of creating an intoxicating effect for consumers. However, this is not a steadfast rule, as we all have differing sensitivities and tolerances to THC.
While high levels of THC may lead to intoxication, recent findings have shown that THC is favored as the most medicinal cannabinoid in cannabis, not CBD. This is not to discredit CBD entirely, as it has worked wonders for adolescents and adults alike who suffer from diseases and syndromes that can be completely reverted with CBD. Simply put though, having combinations of CBD and THC together show the broadest range of treatment options with increased efficacy. Finding your ratio is a matter of trial and error. If you aren’t sure what is right for you try talking with your budtender at Mankind in San Diego for some guidance.
Remember if you are taking cannabis for medicinal reasons it is important to speak with your doctor and get their recommendations for dosage and frequency of use. While budtenders can help you find the right strain in store, we are not doctors and therefore shouldn’t be consulted as such.
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