What we mean by this question is whether smoking two cannabis strains together will bring added benefits or not. We know that cannabis by itself brings various effects such as:
- Relaxation and sedation
- Shifts in perception
- Therapeutic benefits
Depending on the strain and its chemical composition, you get a combination of the effects above. If it’s a high-THC Sativa, chances are you’ll feel euphoric and maybe even a little bit paranoid. Indicas, on the other hand, make you feel sleepy, sedated, and extremely comfortable with yourself and the world around you. Hybrids, now those are where the magic starts unfolding. Creating a hybrid combo work for you isn’t simple, but it’s definitely doable.
Why would you combine strains?
That’s the big question. Well, you should know that each cannabis strain comes with its own chemical composition. There are terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and other exciting components inside each strain. Your experience with cannabis mainly results from the shifts and influences of these components. What happens, then, if you combine the unique psychoactive traits of two strains together? Psychoactive transcendence, that’s what happens.
The potential is endless. For instance, if you combine two high-TCH strains into one big gulp of explosive euphoria, your work performance might receive a 50% boost. Or you could enjoy the incredible aroma of a high-intensity strain without the potent hallucinogenic and paranoia by combining it with a CBD-dominant strain. The CBD acts as a suppressor and inhibitor to the effects of the THC on your brain.
Usually, THC is the one that makes you high, leading to the main psychoactive journey. However, the side-effects might not be to everyone’s tastes. What CBD does is stop the THC from binding to the CB1 receptors in your brain. This way, the THC doesn’t affect you as much, and you feel less high. Of course, you’ll still feel high and experience a psychoactive jumpstart. But it’ll be less impactful on your brain.
Terpenes bring all the potential to the table. The terpenes are aromatic molecules in cannabis that provide specific aromas and flavors. A cannabis plant contains about 200 terpenes, some of which are more potent and in more significant numbers. Moreover, these terpenes not only provide the flavor and aroma known to most weed enthusiasts, but they also influence the appearance of the entourage effect.
How do you combine strains?
When combining two cannabis strains, you need to consider a few key aspects. These heavily influence the experience you’ll have. They are:
- Cannabinoids contained in the plant
- Sativa or Indica typology
As we’ve said earlier, the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are essential and lead to various experiences. High-THC plants generally lead to feelings of intense euphoria, joy, elevated mood swings, hunger, and quite possible paranoia and anxiety. However, CBD doesn’t have these underlying side-effects. In fact, CBD is said to be the great equalizer between your brain’s natural grace and the havoc-inducing effects of the THC.
CBD provides clear-headed experiences with zero-high. You feel at ease with yourself and your mind. Everything is peaceful around you and within you when you consume CBD. However, THC and CBD are not the only cannabinoids inside the cannabis plants. Other cannabinoids have other effects, but these effects are considerably less palpable. THC and CBD still remain the main ones.
Indica and Sativa cultivars were previously thought to accurately represent the psychoactive effects on a human mind. After research and tests, we’ve determined that the chemistry (terpenes and cannabinoids) are more critical than mere cultivar. However, Indicas and Sativas may have different terpenes in various concentrations, which depends on their cultivar rather than other chemical markers.
As for the terpenes, you should care about them because of the differences in flavor and entourage effects. Some terpenes are citric, and others are sour, earthy, superficial or deep, refreshing or potent, etc. Linalool and limonene, for instance, are one of the citric and tangy terpenes. Combine these with other cannabis strains, and the resulting aroma will be very zesty and juicy, with a hint of fruitiness added in.
Sour Diesel is a renowned cannabis strain with a limonene terpene profile. If we’d recommend a combination, we’d tell you to combine Sour Diesel with the OG Kush. The latter has a myrcene terpene profile, and it is a 75% Indica. All you have to do is try combining the strains that you like and others that seem to fit your taste!