Articles by Herb Approach
In the last few years, cannabis has become a mainstream holistic medicine with many new users hopping on the train daily. With hundreds of different products to choose from, it may be a bit of a shock to figure out what’s best to try first. Growing in popularity for their ease of use, reliability and precise measurement, tinctures are an easy way to medicate discreetly. Different combinations of CBD to THC ratio will produce different effects that garner benefits for a wide variety of ailments.
With cannabis, there is no single ratio, or strain or concentrate that’s right for everyone. Each single person’s sensitivity to THC is a key factor in determining the appropriate ratio and dosage for effective usage.
THC vs CBD
The two main cannabinoids can exert significantly different effects, both alone or combined in different proportions. This difference is becoming a central argument in understanding any medical benefit of cannabis, and it’s also an important issue to consider if you just want to “fine tune” your high.
An important difference between CBD and THC stays in the biochemical mechanisms by which these slightly different molecules actually bind with animals’ cannabinoids receptors. THC binds well with a specific neuronal receptor named CB1, while CBD binds mostly with the receptor CB2. CBD reduces or “antagonises,” some of the effects of THC like anxiety, paranoia, tachycardia, and possibly the high itself, by partially blocking CB1 receptors.
THC is believed to be responsible for most of cannabis’ sleep-inducing effects. On the other hand, studies suggest CBD acts to promote wakefulness. Research on the benefits of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol in isolation is pretty clear: THC demonstrates analgesic, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD showed similar actions, plus anti-psychotic, anti-seizure, and anti-anxiety properties.
Clinical research on the simultaneous use of THC and CBD is just at its first stages. However, people reported better effects and less anxiety with hybrids containing a balanced proportion of CBD and THC than using strains with high THC alone. It also seems that CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while both CBD and THC stimulate neurogenesis, the creation of new cells in the nervous system.
A common therapeutic strategy seems to be administering consistent and measurable doses of CBD plus as much THC as a person is comfortable with. Some conditions seem to respond well to a small dose of a CBD with little THC, while others benefit more from a balanced ratio around 1:1. Different CBD:THC ratios can also be used at different times of the day. What follows is a rough description of the effects for each one of the significant CBD:THC ratios that people are today looking for, together with a selection of the corresponding cannabis genetics.