Cannabis contains a bunch of compounds called cannabinoids, of which two are of utmost interest – THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). Most strains that you find in dispensaries are either high on THC or CBD. As the name indicates, a 1:1 strain offers the right balance between THC and CBD. So, why are a 1:1 strains so desirable? Here’s all you need to know.
What are the benefits?
There is some evidence that such strains can help medical cannabis patients better, especially with memory loss, anxiety, and depression. While more research is needed, a 1:1 strain is definitely a great choice for those who want the benefits of cannabis, but without the corresponding high. 1:1 strains may help with chronic pain too. With 1:1 strains, the side effects are limited, probably because of the balance between THC and CBD, which work like yin and yang.
What are some of the best 1:1 strains?
Pennywise. Bred using two other popular strains – Jack the Ripper and Harlequin, Pennywise has CBD/THC content ranging between 12% and 15%. The THC in Pennywise is not high enough to knock you out, but you will feel relaxed enough to sleep or do things you want.
Sour Tsunami. The next one on our list is Sour Tsunami, which is a cross between Sour diesel, NYC diesel and Ferrari. This sativa-dominant hybrid is more or less balanced for THC and CBD. The THC content is usually around 10% on an average, while the CBD content can vary between 10% and 13%.
Cannatonic. The last of all is Cannatonic, which has been created by crossing MK ultra and G13 Haze. This hybrid strain has a THC content of 7%, but this can also be as high as 15%. The CBD content is around 12% or higher, but it all depends on the phenotype. Cannatonic is a strain that has been used to create many other CBD-content strains.
What to expect?
If you are trying a 1:1 strain for the first time, go slow. In fact, this is a tip for any new strain that you are using. Make sure that you check how a particular 1:1 strain works for your body and mind. In general, 1:1 strains cannot cause the extreme euphoric experience, but you can feel happy and relaxed because of the THC content.
The high CBD content makes 1:1 strains ideal for medical cannabis users seeking specific benefits.