What is the ideal cannabinoid ratio for a first-time patient?

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Last updated: May 30th, 2016

Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. The right treatment regimen depends on the person and condition being treated. For maximum therapeutic benefit, choose cannabis products that include both cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD and THC interact to enhance each other’s therapeutic effects. These cannabinoids work best together. A good ratio to look for when testing the waters is 1:1 or 1:2 or 2:1 (THC:CBD) but it will depend on the type of ailment or health condition you are looking to treat.

A patient’s sensitivity to THC is a key factor to determining the ratio and dosage of CBD-rich medicine. Many people enjoy the cannabis high and can consume reasonable doses of any cannabis product without feeling too high or dysphoric. Others find THC unpleasant. CBD can lessen or neutralize the intoxicating effects of THC. Thus, a greater ratio of CBD-to-THC means less of a “high.” Finding your ideal ratio is the first step to effective treatment.

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