As fun as it is to get stoned on a high-THC strain like Strawberry Cough, an increasing number of users want a more even and easily controlled high. Many champion CBD as the cannabinoid of choice for medicinal use because it is non-intoxicating and doesn’t get you high. However, the ‘entourage effect’ suggests that cannabinoids work better together than in isolation.
Therefore, it makes sense to look for a marijuana strain that has a reasonably even ratio of CBD to THC. After all, CBD helps counteract the psychoactive effects of THC and can even reduce the likelihood of side effects such as anxiety and paranoia.
Who Should Use a 1:1 THC to CBD Ratio?
Anyone in search of a strain that helps combat the effects of anxiety, fibromyalgia, nausea, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain should use a 1:1 strain. Strains with high levels of THC are best used for appetite stimulation and inflammation, while high CBD strains potentially work well for anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
A few years ago, it would have been difficult or even impossible to find strains with a 1:1 ratio. Today, breeders understand the benefits of this type of strain and are also aware of the increasing demand. As a result, there are several viable options and in this guide, we provide you with five of the best strains.
The Best 1:1 THC:CBD Strains
1 – Argyle (The Relaxing Marijuana Strain)
This strain comes from Ontario-based Tweed and is a cross of Sensi Star and Afghani. The former is an indica-dominant strain while the latter is a pure landrace indica. Although Argyle is similar to the Nordle strain, they are not quite the same, as Argyle has higher CBD levels which ensured that it became a highly sought after 1:1 strain.
Argyle is indica-dominant (up to 80%), with a THC level of 4-7% and a CBD level of 5-8%. The ideal ratio, coupled with the moderate THC level overall, means this is the perfect strain for first-time users. Users ultimately benefit from a really pleasant, mellow high; it just takes a while to manifest. Eventually, they will enjoy the uplifting sensation this strain provides. The strain leaves users feeling clear-minded and happy with the ability to focus on daily tasks.
After a while, the indica influence takes over, and the body enters relaxation mode. Argyle is an excellent afternoon strain, although there is a chance of couch-lock. The pine and earthy scents are pleasant enough, and the woody and herbal tastes have the merest hint of vanilla which makes it very enticing. New users could experience side effects like dizziness and red eyes. Since Argyle is a strain made for medical purposes, it can be used to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain.
2 – Dancehall (The Marijuana Strain with Reggae Roots)
Dancehall is a marijuana strain with interesting origins. It comes from breeder Reggae Seeds in Jamaica, and is a cross of Kalijah and Juanita la Lagrimosa. Dancehall quickly became popular when introduced to North America and has won the silver Canadian Cannabis Award for best CBD Flower, amongst other accolades. Although the strain cannot improve performance, it can ease the anxiety associated with performance, allowing users to relax and enjoy themselves.
It is a slightly sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid with approximately 9% THC and up to 16% CBD depending on the strain. Although Dancehall’s THC content is in single-digit territory, it routinely surprises people by how quickly it acts. The initial clear-headed high boosts creativity and, in some users, it stimulates arousal! The invigorating feeling lasts for several hours, and users may also feel a pleasant tingling sensation in the body.
It is an excellent party strain, and its sweet floral scent is disarming. Dancehall has a delicious pineapple flavor to it. A common side effect of Dancehall is dry mouth. On rare occasions, users may experience a mild headache. However, its extremely high CBD content means it could provide excellent medicinal benefits. Users take Dancehall to help alleviate stress and depression.
3 – Sweet and Sour Widow (The Marijuana Strain That Builds on a Classic)
Ultimately, Sweet and Sour Widow is a CBD-enriched version of White Widow that is used to treat medical conditions. It spawns from the work of CBD Crew; a group formed when Mr. Shantibaba and Mr. Nice Seeds combined forces. The main differences between this strain and White Widow is an increase in CBD and a decrease in THC. It is an indica-dominant (70%) strain with a THC and CBD content of 5-11%.
Although it may not be potent enough for experienced weed users, neophytes will get plenty of effects from Sweet and Sour Widow. It offers a subtle cerebral high and provides a mood boost. Users report feeling more energetic and motivated which makes this an excellent morning or early afternoon strain. Eventually, users feel a gradual soothing of the muscles. Also known to act as a natural aphrodisiac, it is common for “nighttime use.”
Sweet and Sour Widow has the unusual scent of onions and tastes like sweet onions combined with pepper — with a slightly sour aftertaste. Staying hydrated while using Sweet and Sour Widow is important as users may experience cottonmouth and dizziness from dehydration. Sweet and Sour Widow is used to treat fatigue and migraine headaches.
4 – Pennywise (The Marijuana Strain That Doesn’t Clown Around)
Coming from TGA Subcool Seeds, Pennywise is a cross of Jack the Ripper and Harlequin. Pennywise is a relatively powerful strain, with THC and CBD levels of 12-15%. It is an indica-dominant (80%) strain known for providing outstanding medical benefits.
The name of the strain is something of a misnomer. When using Pennywise, users are not hit with a powerful high right away. Instead, it gradually provides cerebral effects and boosts mood. Perhaps surprisingly, it keeps users calm and focused. After a while, the indica elements of the strain take over allowing for full-body relaxation. Because of these relaxing properties, it’s recommended users take Pennywise in the evening.
The sweet scent of Pennywise has the merest hint of coffee, while the fruity citrus taste is exceedingly pleasant. As is often the case with marijuana strains, possible side effects include dry eyes and cottonmouth. However, Pennywise is not the best option for anxiety because it could actually enhance negative feelings. Instead, Pennywise is best used for chronic pain.
5 – Cannatonic (The All-Star Marijuana Strain)
This is probably the most famous entry on the list. Cannatonic is known around the world as a potent medicinal strain and is a cross of G13 Haze and MK Ultra. With such genetics, it is no surprise to learn that this strain is one of the most popular on the market. It is a balanced hybrid with 12% CBD and anywhere from 7% to 15% THC.
High-THC Cannatonic strains are rather potent and offer a mellow high that hits relatively quickly. However, it is an ‘enjoyable’ high that won’t confine users to their beds. Users report feeling ‘lighter’ after a few hits, as it provides relaxation and a sense of optimism. Cannatonic users experience an elevated mood but no energy boost. As it is a balanced strain, the clear cerebral high never completely switch to the body.
The earthy and citrus scent is popular, as are the stunning pine and fruity flavors which make Cannatonic one of the finest strains to smoke. Side effects are rare but can include dizziness and red eyes. It is among the best healing strains and is used for migraines, muscle spasms, cerebral palsy, and a host of other conditions.
Final Thoughts on Balanced (1:1) THC/CBD Strains
In the world of medical weed, some experts consider strains with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD to be the gold standard. Perhaps a decade ago, THC was thought to be the only cannabinoid that existed. Fortunately, researchers have worked long and hard to find others, and research is beginning to suggest that CBD is arguably the better option for medicinal use. Of course, the entourage effect outlines the need to combine cannabinoids which is why strains with CBD and THC in almost equal measures are so coveted.
Both THC and CBD work well for specific conditions, but their joint powers are far more effective. Imagine a strain capable of providing its users with a pleasant, mellow high that helps alleviate pain but doesn’t completely knock them unconscious. There are dozens of strains capable of providing this medicinal relief and satisfaction with new ones emerging often. Other worthy marijuana strains not mentioned on this list include Bediol, Nina, and Highlands.