2:1, 4:1, 5:1 – A balanced product that can provide optimized levels of both CBD and THC for medicinal use, based on the fact that higher doses of CBD are often needed for relief. Can be intoxicating.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night when your pain medication wore off, and suffered as you re-dosed and waited for the medicine to kick in? Fortunately, with CBD and THC products, you can layer different product types to reduce the changes of this happening.
Once you start looking at other cannabis products, including vapes, you’ll notice ratios on many—but not all—product labels. Common ratios include 1:1, 5:1, 10:1, and even 20:1. What do these numbers mean? And how do they help with your pain?
What’s the Best CBD:THC Ratio For Your Pain?
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Layering Different Cannabis Products
1:1 – Equal amounts of THC and CBD. A good option to try for all kinds of pain, including neuropathic pain. Products with a 1:1 ratio can be uplifting but this ratio will most likely cause impairment if using the suggested serving size. Always start low, go slow, to avoid intoxicating effects.
These ratios focus more heavily on THC’s medicinal use compared to the ratios we’ve already mentioned. You’d use a CBD THC ratio like these to get a slight buzz as part of your relief.
1:1 is not considered a recreational level of THC. However, 1:1 products are possibly the easiest to find at most dispensaries compared to the others we’ve mentioned.
So, if there’s 4 times as much THC as there is CBD, it would have an 1:4 ratio. For this quick guide today, though, we’re touching on mostly CBD-dominant ratios.
20:1, 18:1, 15:1
In this guide, we learned that picking the right ratio comes down to the individual. No two people will respond the exact same way to CBD and THC.
If you’re new to cannabis, a higher CBD level than THC is a reasonable place to start. As you discover cannabis products with varying ratios, you’ll learn which effects you like the most. Over time, you can gradually increase the THC side content to find the best ratio for your needs.
5:1, 4:1, 2:1
You’re looking at high CBD, low THC. This could be 15:1, 18:1, 20:1, or anything with a significantly higher level of CBD. It rarely causes a high.
For example, an 8:1 cannabis product contains 8 times the amount of CBD than it does THC.