Weed Edibles for Wellness: Exploring CBD and THC Ratios

March 25, 2024

Edibles continue to be one of the most popular options for consuming cannabis. From their versatility and favorable flavors to the more subdued, gradual ramp into the high, weed edibles can offer a curated experience that targets the goals that each user is seeking from their marijuana.

However, those looking for specific effects should be careful to select edibles with the CBD to THC ratio that most closely addresses their needs, whether for recreation or medical purposes. An edible can perform a wide range of potential tasks, from anxiety relief to intense head highs—but achieving these means understanding how to read a label.

Here’s what you need to know about weed edibles and how the CBD-to-THC ratio works.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. Unlike other cannabis compounds, CBD does not cause a high.

Instead, it alters the body’s state in other ways, such as increasing sleepiness or reducing pain. This is why CBD is an essential compound in most medical marijuana products. It can be included by using cannabis itself or by extracting its oils, which may be bottled separately and sold as tinctures.

Many edibles are infused with cannabis oil in this way to avoid people biting into the food item and discovering unpleasant leaf and bud pieces.

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What Is THC?

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabis plant’s psychoactive element. The human body produces its cannabinoid compounds, which fit into receptors in the brain that are tied to pleasant feelings and the perception of time.

By consuming THC, enthusiasts can increase these receptor bonds to boost feelings of pleasure and enjoyment. When people are seeking a head or body high from marijuana, they typically use products with a higher THC content.

THC greater than 15% is considered a “high-THC product” best suited only for advanced consumers.

How THC and CBD Work Together in Edibles

Now that you understand both CBD and THC, you can likely see how they fit into the edibles scene. Choosing an edible based on both its CBD and THC content will impact the experience, with high THC items offering a more high-focused experience and CBD-central edibles focusing more on medical uses.

However, when both THC and CBD are present together in a product, they can even impact each other in unique ways.

CBD can help to diminish the psychoactive results of THC. Similarly, both THC and CBD appear to work more effectively on pain when paired rather than when either is taken by itself.

To choose the best CBD-to-THC ratio, determine how experienced you are with consuming products containing these compounds. For absolute novices, try a 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC to start; this allows you to reap some of the benefits of these compounds without experiencing a head or body high that may be uncomfortable at this stage of your journey.

Those who are more versed in marijuana use but still do not want to experience a high may prefer an 8:1 ratio. This provides much more substantial CBD effects, such as relaxation and pain relief, while continuing to mitigate the presence of THC.

At a 4:1 ratio, many people will begin to experience some level of high unless they are already tolerant of THC products.

Individuals actively seeking a psychoactive experience will likely enjoy a 2:1 ratio edible, as the CBD offers numerous body-wide effects (such as reduced anxiety) without hampering the THC.

A 2:1 edible is one of the most common options you’ll find at most dispensaries.

For those using edibles for medical purposes, a 1:1 ratio is frequently prescribed. This allows for more intense medicinal effects from both compounds, but it can produce a significant high (which will vary based upon the strain used to create the edible).

These are not the only possible ratios; many dispensaries stock 20, 18, 15, 10, 5, 4, 2, 1 to 1 CBD to THC products so that consumers can gently progress down the edible path instead of making large jumps between dosages.

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Get Carefully Dosed Edibles at a Local Dispensary

If you are considering trying edibles for the first time or leveling up your usage, think about which ratio of CBD to THC is ideal for your situation. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask a budtender for help at your favorite dispensary!

The team at Pure Oasis is always happy to help customers understand dosages, and we offer products that are carefully labeled so that you can make informed decisions.

Stop by Pure Oasis to explore our many edible products and choose one that is ideal for you!

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