CBD to THC Ratio – How Does it Work?

CBD to THC Ratio – How Does it Work?


CBD to THC ratio, it’s a confusing world both scientifically and legally. Whether you are buying marijuana products (if you are somewhere they are legal, obviously) or CBD products the chances are you’ve seen a stack of numbers relating to the ratio of CBD to THC. 

Allow us to take the time to explain this whole business a little more, and try and make some sense of what it all means. 



Firstly, let’s take a second to explore what these two three-letter cannabinoids actually are. We have longer-form articles on this, but just to cover it quickly here. 

THC is the main cannabinoid found in marijuana plants, it is a psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning that it gets you high. 

CBD is found predominantly in industrial hemp plants, which are considerably lower in THC content. The main big difference is that CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, meaning it will not get you high. 

While the two cannabinoids come from the same plant, they are very different. Both work with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, but why THC binds to these receptors, CBD works more as a regulator, enhancing the ability of these receptors to bind with the cannabinoids that occur naturally within the human body. 


The legality of CBD to THC Ratio?

While THC containing marijuana has become legal in more places as of late, both for medicinal and in some cases, recreational use, it is still illegal in most places. 

CBD, on the other hand, is rarely included within laws that ban other cannabis products, making it legal in far more places. 

However, this is where it gets a little confusing, because full spectrum CBD products tend to contain at least trace amounts of CBD. 


What is Full Spectrum CBD? 

In short, full-spectrum CBD is CBD with all the bits left in. Different to CBD isolate where, as the name suggests, the CBD is separated from everything else tat is found in industrial hemp plants, full-spectrum CBD contains terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, including CBD. 


How Much THC Can CBD Contain? 

The answer to this question differs depending on the laws in each jurisdiction. In the EU and in most of the US, for example, CBD can contain around 0.2-0.3% THC legally. In both regions, the CBD sold legally must be obtained from industrial hemp plants grown from approved seeds. 

However, in Japan, the rules are stricter, with zero THC content being allowed in any CBD product. This has led to Japanese CBD products being specially manufactured to remove all THC content. 

This law is also worth noting for those who live in places like the US and the EU, because it is illegal to travel into Japan with CBD products containing any trace of THC, even if you have purchased them legally elsewhere. 

In fact, if you’re going to be travelling across borders with CBD products at all, which we do not suggest doing at this point, we highly advise checking the laws of the country you are travelling too thoroughly before travelling. 


What About Products with High THC Content? 

If you find a product with a high THC content, anything above 1% really, but these will usually be around 15-20%, then what you are looking at are marijuana products, and the laws are entirely different. 

Our products all follow EU law, containing no more than the legal amount of THC, which is not enough to have any intoxicating effects. 

If you are looking for CBD with zero THC content, then have a gander at our CBD isolate collection


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The products we sell do not have proven health benefits. While research is being carried out, these products are not, and should not, be considered to be medical products.

Any information we give in these articles is taken from scientific research, but should not be considered as a statement of fact. Links and information included in these articles do not reflect the opinion of Plant & Hemp. Any link to scientific studies is for information only, and not intended as a proof of any specific fact, or to validate any specific opinion.

We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.

CBD products should not be used as a replacement for any prescribed medication, under UK and International Law.

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