THC and CBD ratios are often confusing to new (and even seasoned) Michigan dispensary customers. Our guide will clear things up for you.

Cannabis is a mostly psychoactive plant with over 500 components, including at least 110 cannabinoids (that we know of today). But there are two primary cannabinoids most consumers are familiar with: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). 

Traditional cannabis thinking says THC percentage determines psychoactive potency – a more significant THC percentage equates to more intense psychoactive effects. And CBD, as a counterpoint to THC, can mitigate its less desirable side effects like anxiety. 

We now know things aren’t quite so simple (we wrote two blogs about it here, and here), but since this wisdom prevails, it’s worth understanding the meaning of cannabinoid ratios in your favorite Michigan dispensary products. 

There are also now numerous cannabis consumption methods (inhalation, topicals, edibles, drinkables, and more) adding to the confusion.

Understanding cannabis product ratios isn’t difficult – we’ll guide you.

Like most cannabis-related topics, we’re still in the early phases of understanding the deeper intricacies of cannabinoid ratios; still, cannabis’ medicinal and therapeutic properties are definite. 

CBD and THC interact differently with our body’s receptors. THC binds to the CB1 brain receptors, and CBD attaches itself to the CB2 receptors. CBD can block THC’s ability to link with the CB1 receptors, which explains how CBD can mitigate some of THC’s unwanted side effects and psychoactivity. 

The printed ratio on Michigan dispensary products indicates the contained milligrams of THC to CBD. 

You can expect that Michigan dispensary products containing a more significant CBD ratio offer less intense psychoactive effects and vice versa. Low (or no) THC products are attractive to consumers who aren’t interested in psychoactive effects but want positive attributes like anxiety and general pain relief.

Here’s an example:

Products labeled 1:1 indicate that there is one milligram of CBD for every milligram of THC – its equal parts of both cannabinoids

What are the best cannabis products for your individual needs?

Every person is different. Factors determine your cannabis experiences outside of THC and CBD ratios – like body chemistry and even the food you eat before or after consumption. 

What works for your friend might not be the best choice for you. We suggest new Michigan cannabis consumers start with products containing a more significant ratio of CBD to THC; this makes it easier to learn what works best with your body chemistry and individual needs. 

The less desirable aspects of cannabis (anxiety, the munchies) are usually brought about by higher THC dosages; smaller doses tend to stimulate consumers while higher doses are often sedating.

Ratio of CBD to THC in Cannabis Products

Here are the most common cannabis ratios found in a Michigan dispensary.

CBD: THC 0:1

0:1 indicates cannabis products containing no CBD. You can expect significant psychoactive effects from THC-only products. If you’re THC-sensitive, 0:1 products are probably not the best purchase.

CBD: THC 1:0

1:0 indicates cannabis products that are entirely CBD. These products produce little to no psychoactive effects but are mood-enhancing and helpful for reducing anxiety without side effects.

CBD: THC 1:1

1:1 indicates cannabis products containing equal quantities of CBD and THC. 1:1 products are a perfect starting place for new Michigan cannabis consumers – it’s just enough THC to realize its many benefits and achieve a mildly euphoric high.

CBD: THC 1:2

1:2 indicates cannabis products that contain 1 milligram of CBD for every 2 milligrams of THC. 1:2 products produce a psychoactive THC high, but CBD can mitigate less desirable effects like paranoia and anxiety.

CBD: THC 2:1

2:1 indicates cannabis products with a higher ratio of CBD to THC. 2:1 products often eliminate anxiety, paranoia, and psychoactivity, but still allow consumers to experience the therapeutic aspects of both cannabinoids.

CBD: THC higher than 10:1

10:1 indicates CBD-dominant products containing so little THC that its effects are barely noticeable. CBD keeps psychoactive effects at bay but still allows consumers to realize THC’s positive attributes (it’s the entourage effect at work).

CBD: THC higher than 1:10

1:10 indicates THC-dominant products that are best suited for experienced recreational cannabis consumers. THC-dominant strains help many consumers manage pain, nausea, stress, and insomnia.