Do you ever mix and match? Sometimes, mixing your strains will not only give you a better flavor, but it might also improve your overall high. Sometimes, mixing strains can help take the edge off of an extremely potent bud. Other times, it might make the experience a lot stronger. Here’s why mixing cannabis strains can give you a better experience, and some great strains to match.
Does mixing cannabis strains give you a better high?
If you have several different strains lying around, you’ve probably already mixed and matched many of them. As it turns out, finding the right combination may even enhance or alter your high. There are two primary reasons why mixing and matching might add some depth to your overall experience. These include:
Many cannabis consumers are familiar with the legendary tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive in the cannabis plant. THC is one of 113 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds are thought to be unique to the cannabis plant and they provide powerful medicinal effects.
The second most common cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which does not produce a “high” like THC. Instead, it boosts mood and provides calming, anxiety-relieving effects. Combining THC and CBD is thought to improve the effectivity of both compounds.
Consuming the two together can enhance the pain-fighting and medicinal properties of both, though CBD can also weaken the high associated with THC.
This phenomenon is called the “entourage effect”, which argues that consuming various cannabis compounds in one go can alter and enhance the effects of all of them. Some sativa strains, for example, contain more of a rare cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
THCV is thought to provide a zippy, fast, and energetic high to energetic strains like Durban Poison. When combined with THC, THCV is thought to provide an extra quick cerebral experience. When combined with CBD, however, THCV may act as a potent appetite suppressant and provide more effective relief to patients with diabetes.
Terpenes, the special molecules that give cannabis and other plants their unique tastes and fragrance, also play an important role in the entourage effect. Like cannabinoids, terpenes are found in resin glands (trichomes) that sit on the surface of buds and leaves. Also like cannabinoids, research has shown that terpenes have therapeutic properties.
Terpenes and cannabinoids work in synergy to produce slightly varied effects. It’s this synergy that gives different strains not only their unique aromas but their individual experiences. For example, a strain is typically classified as an indica if it contains more than 0.5 percent myrcene.
Not only is myrcene thought to be responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis, but some suggest that myrcene helps THC more rapidly cross into the brain, giving you a more powerful high.
Other terpenes, like pinene, are thought to enhance the bronchodilatory effects of THC, potentially opening your respiratory airways and helping you breathe a little easier.
Great strains to pair
Hoping to take advantage of the entourage effect during your next smoke sesh? Here are a few pairings that might be particularly interesting.
For best results, pair strains with interesting cannabinoid profiles or different aromas or scents that seem slightly compatible.
1. Durban Poison and Charlotte’s Web
Looking for a match that isn’t likely to inspire the munchies? Durban Poison tends to be higher in THCV than the average strain. Though, it’s important to keep in mind that THCV levels are not routinely tested and they still may be fairly low. Charlotte’s Web is one of the most famous high-CBD strains around, often featuring up to 20 percent CBD.
Charlotte’s Web will certainly tune down the psychoactive experience, however. This combo will provide a lovely, energetic high that is sure to provide a smooth and mellow uplifting experience. Pair these two together during the day.
2. Granddaddy Purple and Sour Diesel
These two strains have opposite effects. Yet, the grapey flavor of Granddaddy Purple and pungent, fuel-like scent of Sour Diesel make for one truly delicious treat. Effects wise, Granddaddy Purple is a slow and powerful indica that’s known for inspiring laughter and a possible moment of couch-lock or two.
Sour Diesel is a speedy sativa that hits like a tall cup of coffee. Combining the two slightly downplays the effects of either strain. Granddaddy Purple provides a nice and chill feeling, perfect for relaxing. Sour Diesel is a fast strain that is thought to promote energy and focus.
The combination of the two will depend on how much of each one you use. Yet, mixing and matching will likely earn you a pleasant yet potent hybrid effect.
3. Blue Dream and Cheese
Searching for an unforgettable combination? The flavors of Blue Dream and Cheese are excellent together. Blue Dream is one of the most popular strains in the United States. Cheese has been a popular indica since the 90s. While both strains are hybrids, combining the two will make for one truly delightful flavor.
Adding in a little cheese will enhance the sedative effects of Blue Dream, making this mellow-upbeat bud a little more powerful. A great bedtime combination, Blue Dream offers a jolly blueberry aroma and a cheerful high. Cheese is significantly heavier, though the musky, cheesy aroma pairs wonderfully with the sweet, crisp aroma of Blue Dream.