If you thought that a single cannabinoid could offer you will all the possible benefits, then you must haven’t heard about the concept of cannabinoid blends. This consumption method has become extremely popular as it combines the advantages of multiple cannabinoids. Today we will take a detailed look at this new method of cannabinoid consumption so that you can understand how the blending routine can elevate your overall experience.
What is cannabis & hemp?
Cannabis and hemp are two variants of the C. sativa plant. Both these varieties contain 540 plus other substances but the main difference lies in the amount of each component they contain. CBD is sourced from the hemp plant and is non-intoxicating in nature. It has less THC and more CBD whereas cannabis plant strains have a higher THC count and less CBD. The interaction of these substances with the endocannabinoid system of the human body helps regulate different functions like pain perception, appetite, immune system, and more.
What are the different compounds found in cannabis & hemp?
- Isolate is a type of hemp or cannabis extract containing a single cannabinoid (mostly CBD).
- Broad spectrum extracts contain all the remaining compounds other than THC.
- Full spectrum extracts contain all the available compounds including THC.
What is the entourage effect?
According to research conducted during the 1990s, there is a probability of synergy existing between various compounds. This has earned the popular nomenclature of an Entourage Effect wherein each compound induces its effect but creates an unmatched experienced when consumed together. Experts hold the view that this synergy can help CBD reduce the euphoric effect caused by THC when consumed together.
Advantages of blending
- Most of us want to refrain from the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabinoid blends can come to their direct rescue by diminishing the unwanted side effects of THC like sedation, hunger, and anxiety while maximizing the inherent benefits.
- If you choose cannabis products rich in blended compounds, then you will be consuming a variety of phytochemicals like terpenes and flavonoids. Research studies say that these can be beneficial for our brain health and also help reduce inflammation. These compounds can also heighten CBD’s therapeutic effects when enjoyed alongside CBD.
Is it possible to mix cannabinoids?
Yes, the compounds found in the C. sativa plant can work together. This is the most efficient mode of consumption if you don’t mind consuming broad or full-spectrum products. Like the other aspects of the cannabis world, scientists are trying to uncover the truth regarding whether medical cannabis can change lives. Though ample advancements have been made in this field, there exists a potential for further research in days to come.
Popular Cannabinoid Blends
- D8 – This is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is made from CBD following a unique process called isomerization. Since it interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, the therapeutic effects are higher. Delta-8 is believed to have neuroprotective properties which are associated with improved brain functioning and reduction of free radical damage. Appetite stimulation is another benefit of Delta-8 which is why it is advised for treating eating disorders. The powerful antiemetic properties of Delta-8 help reduce nausea. The benefits offered by Delta-8 for pain arise from its analgesic properties. The National Cancer Institute has accredited Delta-8 as an anxiolytic substance that can help manage anxiety and promote better sleep.
- THC-O – THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid whose chemical structure is similar to naturally occurring cannabinoids like THC and CBD. However, it doesn’t come from the cannabis plant and needs to be synthesized through a multi-step process. Users have reported that THC-O has helped them ease stress and pain while promoting increased appetite and bringing sleep-supportive qualities to the table.
- D10 – The Delta 10 cannabinoid can be found in trace amounts in the cannabis plant. It is similar to Delta 8 as it is less potent than Delta 9 despite causing a high. It is commonly processed from hemp-derived CBD and is legal in all 50 states in the US. The manufacturing process of D10 is pretty difficult. It needs to be refined extensively making D10 a scarce product.
- HHC – HHC is ahydrogenated derivative of tetrahydrocannabinol. This trace component can be rarely found in the Cannabis Sativa plant and is also produced synthetically by hydrogenation of cannabis extracts.
The first reason behind blending cannabinoids is their value. You should stick to full or broad-spectrum formulations if you want the best results from a hemp product. Another reason why consumers blend various cultivars is to enhance the effects and adjust their taste accordingly. Currently, hemp-derived products can be legally sold in most US states. However, cannabis products still haven’t received the green signal on a federal level. For being considered legal, the THC level should be up to 0.3% of its dry weight. Despite being derived from hemp, some of the cannabinoids induce intoxicating effects. This is why it is advisable to start with lower doses and increase gradually to get the desired effect.