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The interplay between THC and CBD is the start of a new journey to understanding how cannabis unlocks new feelings and experiences. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or a subtle lift in mood, the proper THC-to-CBD ratio can make all the difference. Delve into the intricacies of these ratios and explore how they influence your experience with cannabis.


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What is a THC to CBD ratio?

A THC to CBD ratio is a fundamental metric that defines the cannabinoid composition of a specific cannabis product or dosage. The ratio simply refers to the amount of CBD compared to the amount of THC in a cannabis product or dose.


For example, a ratio of 1:1 signifies that the product contains an equal proportion of CBD to THC. It’s important to note that this ratio is not fixed, and variations exist to cater to diverse preferences and needs.

Are there ratios with other cannabinoids?

Yes. You’ll find products with a ratio of THC or CBD to other minor cannabinoids, such as Cannabinol (CBN) or Cannabigerol (CBG). For example, these Florist Farms Blueberry Sleep Gummies contain a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBN.


How THC and CBD influence one another

The intricate dance between THC and CBD begins with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a regulatory network within our bodies. Comprising receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids produced naturally by your body, the ECS plays a pivotal role in maintaining balance (homeostasis) across various functions, including mood and sleep — just to name a few.


THC primarily binds with CB1 receptors in the ECS, predominantly found in the brain and central nervous system. This is one of the reasons why THC makes you feel high. CBD, on the other hand, has a more subtle influence on the ECS. It interacts with various receptors, including CB1 and CB2, but does not directly bind with them. Instead, CBD modulates the activity of these receptors, acting as a regulatory agent of shorts.

Understanding the entourage effect

When THC and CBD are consumed together, they engage in what’s known as the entourage effect. Their combined action produces a synergistic effect that can alter the overall experience. This is true with any combination of cannabinoids and terpenes that you consume. While we do know that the entourage effect exists, researchers are still studying precisely how it works.


Why cannabinoid ratios matter

The balance of THC to CBD is pivotal in tailoring cannabis’s effects to individual preferences and the outcome you want after your sesh. Let’s explore how these ratios influence consumers’ experience, dosing, and overall cannabis enjoyment.


  • Purpose-driven consumption: Your purpose for consuming cannabis sets the foundation for choosing the appropriate THC-to-CBD ratios. Deep relaxation may call for more THC, while a focused study hour may call for more CBD. This initial decision helps align your experience with specific intentions and needs.

  • Impact of high THC or CBD levels: A higher THC ratio is generally favored if you’re seeking a more intense high or more potent effects. Conversely, if you don’t want as intense a high, you may prefer higher CBD ratios. Notably, CBD may help counteract some more pronounced effects of THC, making the overall experience more balanced.

  • Influence on dosage: The THC to CBD ratio is pivotal in determining the proper dosage. Higher THC ratios require smaller doses due to their potency, while balanced or CBD-dominant ratios allow for higher doses without inducing an overwhelming high.


  • Terpene synergy: Terpenes, the aromatic compounds in cannabis, can further modulate the effects of THC and CBD. Understanding how terpenes interact with cannabinoid ratios can provide a more comprehensive view of the overall experience.


Common ratios in cannabis products

The varying ratios of THC to CBD in cannabis products can lead to a spectrum of effects, from a mild buzz to a more psychoactive experience. These ratios are commonly found in products like edibles and tinctures to provide consumers with a precise way to control their experience.


It’s worth noting that the influence of these ratios is quite individualized and your mileage may vary. Starting with a lower dose when trying any new product is always recommended.

High CBD to THC ratio: A bit of a buzz

High CBD ratios, such as 20:1 and 18:1 (CBD to THC), offer a gentle experience with minimal heady or cerebral effects. These ratios are ideal if you want to experience CBD without the pronounced high associated with THC, or if you want to enjoy THC without feeling as intense an effect. They are particularly well-suited for daytime use when you may want and need to remain clear-headed and functional.

Perfectly balanced: 1:1 ratios

A 1:1 THC to CBD equilibrium aims to harness the benefits of both THC and CBD without either one dominating the experience. This type of balanced ratio may be beneficial for those seeking to stabilize their mood or maintain a sense of balance without the extremes of high THC doses.

Enjoy the ride: High THC ratios

High THC ratios, like 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, or 5:1 (THC to CBD), provide a more pronounced heady or cerebral experience. These ratios are the right pick for you if you want a more intense high and are well-suited for evening or nighttime use when you can relax and fully enjoy the experience. High THC ratios also tend to offer heightened euphoria and altered perception, making them appealing for creative endeavors.


What is a good THC-to-CBD ratio?

A “good” ratio is purely subjective. It depends on what you want out of your journey.

Want to take the high road? High THC ratios may be best for you. Keeping it mellow? A balanced ratio may be good. Prefer to completely avoid the high feeling? High CBD ratios are your best bet.

What ratio of THC to CBD is good for sleep?

This one is also subjective, but generally, higher-THC cannabis products can make you feel drowsy.

How to figure out CBD to THC ratio

On some products, the ratio will be stated on the label for you. On other products, you can figure out the CBD to THC ratio based on the amount of each cannabinoid present in a product. For example, a cultivar (strain) that contains 20% THC and 2% CBD would have an approximate 1:10 THC: CBD ratio.

What is the best CBD-to-THC ratio in an edible?

Just like with all cannabis products, the best ratio for an edible depends on your goals. Here are some quick examples:

If you want to sleep, a product with a THC, CBD, and CBN ratio may be beneficial.

Want to really feel the effects of THC? Reach for an edible with a much higher amount of THC than CBD.

Want to stay focused and don’t want to feel as high? Look for a balanced CBD: THC edible, or a higher CBD to THC ratio in that gummy.


Navigating ratios with The Travel Agency

Fine-tuning your travel plans is made easy when precise cannabinoid ratios are in the mix. Higher THC content takes you on a deeply relaxing or even euphoric ride, while higher CBD content pumps the brakes on THC’s effects. Think of THC-to-CBD ratios as a valuable guide as you embark on a well-informed cannabis journey.


No matter which direction you want to go, there’s a fit for you at The Travel Agency. Place a cannabis order for delivery in NYC or stop by in person in Union Square or Downtown Brooklyn, where our budtenders provide a curated selection of products and expert advice to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and personalized experience.

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