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Blending THC and CBD Strains – Why you should Consider Trying it

By December 10, 2017 January 4th, 2019 No Comments

There are a few good reasons why you should consider blending THC and CBD strains together. Cannabis does contain both THC and CBD, but THC is the dominant cannabinoid. Some cannabis strains have very low concentrations of CBD. CBD is a valuable cannabinoid for the body. We hope, that after reading this, that you’ll consider adding a little more CBD to your current cannabis regimen.

Provide More Cannabidiol (CBD) to the Body

The entourage effect can only be achieved one way – whole plant medicine. Isolates are unable to provide the entourage effect since a single or a few chosen cannabinoids are all that get extracted. Many products do not reintroduce terpenes or add cannabinoids to the formulas – which is why you may find that some isolate products are minimally, if at all effective.

Cannabidiol helps the body in multiple ways. Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system which works to help regulate the central and peripheral nervous systems. These two systems are responsible for functions in the body such as immune response, inflammatory response, emotion, mood, appetite, cognitive function, motor skills and mobility – to name several. The encocannabinoid system naturally produces cannabinoids in your body, but enough cannabinoids aren’t always produced. The lack of cannabinoids can lead to deficiencies, which is how malfunctions in the body may occur.

To correct that imbalance, cannabinoids need to be introduced to the body from an outside source  being either cannabis or hemp. Hemp provides cannabidiol and a miniscule amount of THC, but no other cannabinoids. It is beneficial for its high CBD content as it may help reduce seizures (or stop them altogether), calm the mind and body, relax muscles, reduce inflammation, scrub dead brain cells away and improve cognitive function in the aging process or following a significant industry.

There are cannabis strains now that have high CBD concentrations, such as ACDC that typically has over 20-percent CBD. This is a good strain to seek out in your local market if you have inflammation, mood issues, stress, anxiety or other minor health conditions including autoimmune disorders and gastrointestinal troubles.

Stretch Regular Cannabis Flower

Not everyone has an unlimited cannabis budget but still need to find relief and have enough medicine to get them through. Adding CBD flower to regular cannabis flower is a way to make it last. It’s also providing the body with more inflammation-fighting cannabinoids too.

It’s important to use a CBD strain that works with the current strain of cannabis that you have, rather than against it. This could produce unpleasant effects. View the characteristics of the CBD strain/s available in your local market. Then view the traditional cannabis strains on that same menu. Look for effects that are the same, such as both should include relaxation or happiness. Also look at the health conditions that the strains may aid. It’s ideal to choose strains that work for the same goal – relieving the same symptoms. Finally, look at the negative effects. With CBD strains, the only negatives should really be dry mouth or dry eyes, but make sure there isn’t a negative effect listed that you’re trying to avoid.

When figuring out the right ratios, use as much CBD as you wish. For me, personally, I regularly combine CBD and THC strains together and prefer a 2:1 THC strain to CBD strain ratio. Sometimes, however, I do lean more toward a 50/50 ratio.

Reduce Potency of THC

Some cannabis strains may be too strong for you. Testing for potency and purity isn’t required in every state, so you may not know what the THC concentration is, or what other cannabinoids and their concentrations are in that strain.  Always ask your budtender if THC results are available on the particular batch they’re offering, because it does vary by batch as well.

Tip: When trying a strain for the first time and no testing information is available, microdose first. Try two or three hits and wait 15 to 20 minutes. If it isn’t enough, use a little more. But, it’s always a good idea to try a small amount of a strain first to see how your body will react to it and if it’s too weak or too strong for you.

Keep a log at home of the strains that you use along with their THC percentage (and any information you have on the strain) along with the effects you experienced, how long they lasted and if you enjoyed the effects (did the effects remedy what you needed them to?). This log will help you avoid strains that you find are too strong or too weak. It will also help serve as a guide regarding when you’ll need to add CBD to reduce the effects of THC or not.

CBD helps reduce the potency (strength of the effects) of THC. If you happen to over-medicate or over-indulge, you can even yourself out with CBD. The cannabinoids in the strain will still be working, you just won’t feel it as strongly.

Potential Increased Symptom Relief

As mentioned above, CBD may have multiple benefits when it comes to relieving symptoms of health conditions. In studies, it shows to help reduce seizures. Some epileptics have stopped having seizures altogether because of medical cannabis and CBD. Studies also indicate that it could be beneficial for reducing internal and external inflammation. It may help you heal faster after a surgery, procedure or injury as well.

Science indicates that CBD has neuroprotective properties, so if you suffer an injury to nerves or parts of the body attached to nerves, it may help heal that nerve. It may also help prevent further damage.

Including CBD with your high THC strains may help you have better control over your most pressing symptoms.

Closing Thoughts

CBD is often overlooked since it doesn’t produce a high. It’s one of the most ignored cannabinoids, but is also one of the most important. Increasing your intake of CBD may have more than one benefit for your body. Just because CBD doesn’t make you high, it doesn’t mean it won’t help a symptom you’re experiencing.

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