THC-CBD Ratio and What It Means to You
High THC cannabis strains are sought out by recreational users as THC is the cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive effects and feeling “high.” The higher the THC in a strain, the lower the cannabinoid CBD will be and vice-versa. For those using cannabis for more therapeutic reasons, heading straight to the high THC strains might not be the best option.
Recent cannabis research underscores the importance of the entourage effect. This is the concept that the many compounds in cannabis contribute to its array of effects, both cannabinoids and terpenes. Depending on the symptoms or conditions you’re looking to treat, you could benefit from CBD-rich, THC-rich or something in between.
THC and CBD provide different benefits and there are several types of strains that balance these cannabinoids for maximum effectiveness.
High THC: THC-rich strains are typically a ratio of CBD/THC 1:19. Strains high in THC are best for recreational use, but can also help migraines, pain management, nausea, symptoms of glaucoma and is a natural treatment for insomnia. THC also stimulates the appetite. THC-rich strains are also excellent for stress relief.
Even Ratio: There are strains that offer a 1:1 or 10:1 ratio of CBD/THC. These balanced strains are optimal for treating autism, cancer, neuropathic pain and nervous system disorders as well as multiple sclerosis. Strains labeled 1:1 will still produce mild psychoactive effects – think a glass of wine versus a shot of booze. The increased CBD in these strains will produce a happy, uplifted mood and reduction in anxiety and stress. These strains are a good choice for those who just want to take the edge off, not feel intense psychoactive effects. It is thought that a combination of THC and CBD will ultimately be more effective that a high ratio of one or the other.
High CBD: CBD-rich strains offer little to no psychoactive effects but will be felt in the body. CBD-rich strains are ideal for seizure disorders and treating muscle spasms, as well as stroke, psychotic disorders and inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Strains high in CBD have the opposite effect on appetite as THC; they suppress it.
Not sure which strains are available in each ratio? Ask your OrganiCann or MendoCann cannabis stewards for recommendations!