2:1 chocolate bars.
If you've been in a dispensary lately, you've probably seen products with different ratios start lining the shelves. Edibles, tinctures, and other cannabis products containing different blends of cannabinoids are beginning to take over edibles sections everywhere.
Those numbers signify the ratio of cannabinoids in a product.
The first number typically represents the ratio of CBD in the product, and the second number represents the amount of THC.
For example, in a 1:1 ratio, you get 1mg of CBD for every 1mg of THC.
In a 20:1 ratio, you get 20mg of CBD for every 1mg of THC.
In a 2:1 ratio, you get 2mg of CBD for every 1mg of THC.
The growing popularity of cannabinoid ratio products in dispensaries makes sense.
We're all different, and a growing number of us are looking to use cannabis, not to get as high as humanely possible, but to heal, function better, reduce or eliminate symptoms, and navigate life with more ease and joy.
Many people find that balancing their THC ratios with CBD or CBG gives them greater control over their cannabis products' effects.
These products are expensive and sometimes hard to find in dispensaries, but they aren't difficult to make once you understand the process.
You just have to take a couple of extra steps and understand the fundamentals of cannabis cooking so you can customize your cannabis recipes and products.
Making Custom Ratio Cannabis Products 101
Because making custom blends isn't an exact recipe, I wanted to give you a basic walkthrough of how I put together a custom blend. Follow these steps and open your world up to unlimited custom combinations.
Step 1: Do the dosage math first
I'll say it again (and again, and again). No matter what you're making, do the dosage math first.
Most people see this as the last step in making homemade edibles, but now I do it before I step into the kitchen.
Doing the dosage math first allows you to adjust the amount of plant material, oil, or alcohol, so you get the concentration right the first time.
This one step can save you so much time and confusion in the long run. You won't have to re-infuse if it's too weak or cut it with more oil or alcohol if it's too strong.
Doing dosage math first is especially important if I'm making a blend, so I can adjust the amounts and get the ratio I want the first time.
Does the thought of doing dosage math make your brain want to explode? No worries! You can use the free dosage calculator here, plug in the numbers, and start infusing.
Step 2: Decarb Separately (optional)
Cannabinoids have different decarboxylation times and temperatures.
If you're trying to get a fully decarbed blend, you could take the extra step and decarboxylate your plant material or concentrate separately before moving onto the next step.
That would mean decarbing your THC plant material at 240°f for 1 hour, your CBD plant material at 240°f for 1-1.5 hours, and your CBG plant material for 215°f for 1 hour.
If you're using Ardent's FX (what I typically use for blends and infusions), you will do one cycle in A1 for THC/CBG and one cycle in A2 for CBD.
But suppose you're not concerned about getting 100% decarboxylation for all of your cannabinoids and would like some acidic cannabinoids in your blend.
We're now learning that these non-decarboxylated compounds are powerful in their own right and may play an essential role in the entourage effect.
In that case, you can opt to combine all of your plant material and decarb based on the cannabinoid with the lowest time and temperature.
You could even reduce the time and temperature to preserve more of these acidic compounds if you'd like your custom blend to contain a higher percentage of THCa, CBDa, or CBGa.
When using a homespun method for decarb, I'd rather go for a lower temperature and possibly having some acidic compounds in the mix rather than over-decarboxylating, degrading the material and making the flavor too toasty.
You can find out more about decarboxylating your homemade products in the Cannabis Cooking Masterclass and join me for a simple guided walkthrough of this process.
Step 3: Infuse Together (if you know your ratio) or Separately (if you don't)
Time and temperature differences only matter during the decarboxylation stage, so don't worry about keeping them separate for this step.
If you're unsure of what ratio will be best for you, you can infuse them separately and then play with the balance until you like the dose and the effect.
After you're sure of the ratio, you can combine them in a well-labeled container for more convenience.
While writing this post, I realized that I hadn't made a THC-rich edible in well over a year.
I always sneak in CBG or CBD into the mix no matter what I'm making. The more we learn about these other compounds, the more I see them as essential to creating balanced and effective medicine.
Just keep in mind that because everyone's endocannabinoid system is different, we all have different needs.
What works for me may not work for you, so experimenting with different cannabinoids and different ratios can make your journey with cannabis so much more pleasant and sustainable.
A Wake + Bake team member once told me that CBG did for her everything that she thought CBD was going to do – but didn't. A family member I make medicine for swears by a CBG:THC blend after experimenting with other cannabinoids for years. These days, I rarely touch an edible that isn't at least a 1:1 because many high THC products still elevate my anxiety and make it hard for me to focus.
I hope this post helps you begin your journey to find your ideal balanced ratio. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions or if you'd like to share your experience. You can also email [email protected] We're here to help.