Whether you’re experiencing angst or recovering from a tough workout the benefits from a 1:1 golden ratio of THC and CBD are astonishing. Understand how CBD THC ratios work and how to correctly dose. Learn more about what weed works best for you with this informative Q&A with Fairwinds!
The Golden Ratio of THC and CBD is 1:1, aka The Entourage Effect
Whether you’re experiencing angst or recovering from a tough workout, the benefits from a 1:1 aka The Golden Ratio are astonishing. The practical mix of THC and CBD offer what we call the entourage effect, giving your body the composure and calm it needs. We have put together how exactly this entourage effect works, and what are some of the best uses for the 1:1 ratio, along with some of our favorite products.
The Entourage Effect with THC and CBD
Combining THC and CBD is the ultimate way to relax your body. THC binds to CB1 receptors and calms the nervous system, whereas CBD binds to CB2 receptors and calms the immune system (additionally regulating serotonin levels). Both parts of your body act independently on a regular basis, and both carry out their biological “tasks”. When you consume a product with an equal THC:CBD ratio, your body experiences what we call the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is when cannabinoids and terpenes other than THC work synergistically with THC. For the 1:1 ratio, our entourage effect is produced from THC and CBD working together.
The 1:1 ratio is the golden ratio for ensuring that you’re getting all the aiding benefits from both THC (nerve and deep muscle pain) and CBD (immuno-health and white blood cell inflammation).
Best Uses for 1:1 Golden Ratio Products
Before elaborating on the many benefits and uses of the ratio, it’s important to highlight that a high can be used and altered in many different ways to your advantage. For example, pairing coffee or an energizing tea with a 1:1 tincture would offer an energizing and productive high, giving the mind a chance to focus and accomplish tasks. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a much more relaxed feeling, you can pair your 1:1 product with a chamomile tea.
Here are a few of our favorite activities that go well with a 1:1.
With your spirits fully relaxed, meditating becomes much more easy with a 1:1. Many find that it helps you focus more on your breath. Since the high isn’t as strong on your nervous system, your brain is in less of a free-floating state, and you are able to focus more on your breath and thoughts.
At a higher dose, the 1:1 ratio is very effective for fighting acute and chronic pain. Recall that THC calms your nervous system and CBD relaxes your immune system. Many patients with overall body aches or localized nerve pain have found the 1:1 ratio really helps them manage pain on a daily basis. CBD is also known to regulate serotonin levels, which is linked to anxiety, stress, and mood.
Of all soothing activities, reading is one of the best on a 1:1. The combination of cannabinoids at a low dose allows your mind to enjoy a long read and visualize what you’re skimming through. Such an activity is spiritually and physically healing.
CBD induces sleep, whereas THC keeps you asleep. A 1:1 works great for inducing and falling asleep, but if you’d like to accelerate that process. Taking a 1:1 tincture or edible 30 minutes before bedtime is an ideal move to sleep well at night. You can always pair this with a cup of warm chamomile to be sure to fall asleep.
Our Favorite 1:1 Products
Miss Grass All Times Pre-rolls – These wonderfully small pre-rolls offer a smooth and tranquil sesh for any time of the day. With a balanced 9% THC and 9% CBD profile, the pre-rolls are the perfect go-to for beginner and intermediate smokers. If you weren’t already sold on these pre-rolls, all sale proceeds of the All Times pre-rolls go to Planned Parenthood
Breez Cinnamon Tablets – These mint-like tabs are meant to be taken sublingually. They pack a punch in taste and are smooth in feeling. Relieve stress and support recovery post-workout or post-workday. Cinnamon CBD delivers the full therapeutic benefits of cannabis with a balanced blend of 5 MG CBD and 5 MG THC in each mint plus contains a naturally anti-inflammatory cinnamon oil.
AC/DC Heavy Hitters Cartridge – AC/DC is one of the few prominent CBD strains out there, and coming across a true 1:1 strain is difficult. Luckily, Heavy Hitters has made a cartridge that stays true to the strain’s profile. Take a few hits of this cartridge and you will experience what a 1:1 is really like.
Kush Queen Awaken Bath Bomb – Cannabis bath bombs are a great way to use topicals. Since you’re in the bath, even coverage is pretty much a guarantee. The Awaken Bath Bomb is a great way to get rid of aches and pains, and for the body and mind to completely relax. Skin is the biggest organ with most of our CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Talk to a budtender today about which products would best suit your endocannabinoid system. You can also call, live chat, video chat, or schedule a consultation with a qualified expert!
Understanding CBD Ratios and Dosing Q&A with Fairwinds
Chances are you know about the cannabinoid CBD and that all of our CBD products are sourced from cannabis as opposed to hemp. This means all of our CBD products contain THC in varying amounts- even if it is miniscule. At Dockside you may have seen some product descriptions or titles that contain ratios like 1:1, 10:1 or 20:1. Confused? You’re not alone. We get a lot of questions about dosing and the difference between various ratios.
Understanding that these ratios stand for CBD to THC (or CBD:THC) is the first step. A 5:1 ratio for example doesn’t necessarily mean that there are 5 mg of CBD and 1 mg of THC per serving, but that for every 5 parts CBD proportionally there is 1 part THC. For example,that could mean one serving gives you 40mg CBD:8mg THC. It all depends on the total cannabinoids in the bottle, divided by the number of servings. All cannabis companies in WA are required to list this information. Now to find a tincture that’s right for you.
Since a lot of the questions we receive are about Fairwinds’ broad offering of tinctures and capsules, we interviewed Randi from their team in order to clear up confusion about CBD ratios, correct dosing, and which tinctures are best to find relief while keeping a clear head. Here’s what we learned:
How do I figure out the correct ratio of CBD to THC?
“Since everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique, there’s no real “correct” ratio that’s consistent for everyone, and no guaranteed method to determine the best ratio for your specific needs. As with so many things cannabis-related, figuring out your best ratio will often require some research and experimentation. If you’re concerned about intoxicating effects, it is often best to start with a ratio rich in CBD and take smaller servings. You can always increase serving size or try a different ratio if you’re not getting the effects you desire!
As a reminder, it often requires a serving size of at least 2-3mg THC for most people to feel any sort of intoxication. While this amount will differ from person to person, this is a pretty good rule of thumb to go by.”
Will I eventually build up a tolerance?
“Consumers of any type of cannabinoid are likely to develop a level of tolerance (just like with any other medication or supplement). If building up a high tolerance is a concern, taking short breaks can help act as a reset button!
Additionally, Fairwinds uses adaptogenic herbs in some of our product formulations. Adaptogens help our bodies maintain homeostasis and balance to cope with things like stress, and they actually become more effective the more often you use them. This is why products like the PTSfree capsules work so well for those who take them on a regular basis.”
What makes the two Fairwinds’ Spectrum tinctures different aside from their “AM” and “PM” formula labels?
“One of the things that makes Fairwinds unique is our inclusion of other herbal extracts and essential oils – it’s why we have such a wide variety of tinctures and capsules instead of just a few different ratios.
Spectrum AM and PM tinctures are similar in their targeted effects, but the ingredients differ a bit as one is designed for daytime use, and the other for end of day rest. Our AM tincture is formulated using white grapefruit essential oil and huperzia herbal extract – popular for its mood enhancing and focus-boosting properties. The PM tincture contains sweet orange essential oil, which has been shown to help with calmness and relaxation. Both are made with lemon, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils as well as herbal extracts of boswellia, ginger, and turmeric! We use slightly different terpenes in each formula as well.
We use only clinically-proven ingredients in our products. We carefully select each and every ingredient, so you can always rest assured that our products are reliable and consistent every time.”
What CBD ratio can I take and get work done without getting high?
“Our entire Ratio Series is designed to be functional for everyone who uses it; however, as each person has their own unique system and tolerance, we would recommend starting with the 20:1 or 10:1 ratios for those who may be concerned about a potential impact on their clear-headedness.”
Is there a reason I would take a 20:1 tincture vs a 1:1?
“Each person will have individual needs and different desired effects when using CBD and THC in tandem. The ratio you select will be dependent on multiple factors, including your own experience with and tolerance of cannabis. A 20:1 ratio may be preferable for someone with limited cannabis experience, someone who wants to ensure they don’t feel any intoxication, and/or a person looking to maximize their CBD intake.
On the other hand, a 1:1 ratio may be more useful for someone more familiar with THC consumption or an individual interested in boosting the entourage effect (this effect stems from the fact that cannabinoids are more useful when consumed in tandem as opposed to isolated compounds.) While the entourage effect is certainly a part of all Fairwinds’ Ratio Series products, it is likely to be heightened with the 1:1 or 5:1 tinctures, vapes, or capsules.
If you still have questions about tinctures, Fairwinds products, ratios and dosing, please send them to [email protected] There are no stupid questions and we are always happy to help guide you in discovering what works best for you!