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Undeniably, there are many people who enjoy smoking hemp and/or cannabis either on their own, or mixed with tobacco, but it’s becoming more and more common to hear of people mixing CBD with THC for their joints.
If you’re wondering how to mix hemp with cannabis, then you’re in the right place as we explain the benefits of using CBD and THC together, as well as the best CBD:THC ratio for your next preroll.
- Mixing CBD and THC Together
- CBD vs THC
- The Benefits of Mixing
- The Perfect CBD:THC Ratio
- How To Mix Hemp With Cannabis
Mixing CBD Flower with THC Flower
After being prohibited for nearly 100 years, hemp is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance period and while it has a great number of useful applications, it’s the CBD content in the hemp flower that has stolen much of the media’s attention thus far.
Smokable hemp has become increasingly popular since its legalization, for the perceived health benefits of CBD, as well as the unique and enjoyable user experience it offers.
The majority of people who are smoking THC cannabis are also doing so for the same reasons. Either for the benefits, or for the unique and enjoyable (although very different) user experience, so what can possibly be gained from mixing the two? Does CBD counteract THC? And if so, why mix them together?
CBD vs THC
Both CBD and THC are reported to possess numerous health benefits, not to mention all of the other cannabinoids that can be found in both hemp and cannabis.
The biggest difference between these two popular cannabinoids is that THC will get you high and CBD will not. The high associated with THC usually makes people feel euphoric and relaxed, but it can also lead to undesirable effects in some people, such as feelings of paranoia and panic.
When THC enters the bloodstream, it directly binds itself to cannabinoid receptors throughout the nervous system and brain, sparking off a series of chemical changes that lead to feelings of altered consciousness (intoxication).
CBD, on the other hand, is slightly more mysterious and rather than bind to any receptors it stimulates them, causing our body to produce its own cannabinoids, namely anandamide (also known as our bliss chemical).
On top of this, CBD also appears to target other receptors in the body including those for serotonin (regulates mood, memory, and sleep), TRPV1 (regulates perception of pain), GPR55 (regulates anxiety), and PPAR (regulates metabolism).
Benefits of Using CBD and THC Together
Before explaining the amounts of hemp and cannabis you should be mixing together, let’s take a look at some of the main benefits that can be enjoyed by pairing them.
1. Enhanced Effects
The majority of people who enjoy mixing CBD with THC, do so for the enhanced effects that can be achieved thanks to the entourage effect.
The term entourage effect was originally used back in 1998 by the Granddaddy of cannabis research, Dr Raphael Mechoulam. Having studied the cannabis plant for over 50 years, he noticed that greater, more enhanced effects were achieved when cannabinoids were consumed synergistically, with each other, as well as with other plant matter.
A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that a patient group given a combination of THC and CBD together, experienced better relief from pain and discomfort and improved sleep, than either of the patient groups who received THC-only or placebos.
Several animal studies have also concluded that CBD and THC work synergistically, one of which even went so far as to test different ratios, finding that a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC was the most effective.
2. Reduce the High
Your desire for (or fear of) THC’s effects will most likely have dictated which smoking camp you have sat in, in the past.
But for whatever reason (kids, work or paranoia), many people choose to reduce their THC intake later in life and CBD is a much healthier and beneficial alternative to a tobacco mix.
THC’s ability and CBD’s inability to intoxicate isn’t the only difference between these two cannabinoids.
One of the other standout features of CBD is its neuroprotective properties. Not only does CBD not get you high, but much anecdotal evidence suggests that it also counteracts some of the more negative intoxicating effects of THC.
Scientists and academics seem to be in agreement too. For example, a paper published in 2012 in the Journal of Pharmacology discussed how CBD reduced feelings of paranoia and memory impairment that was caused by THC.
Selective breeding of cannabis over the years has resulted in much of the market being flooded with incredibly high THC strains that have little or no CBD content left in them. The cannabis of today is a far cry from what our parents may have been smoking ‘back in the day’, but by mixing our hemp and cannabis together, we can enjoy a much more natural, reliable, and pleasant experience.
The Perfect CBD:THC Ratio
You can probably already guess that the more CBD involved in the mix, the less intoxicated you’ll feel and vice versa.
Below you’ll find some of the more common ratios you’re likely to come across. Once you’ve figured out where you comfortably stand on the “highness to sobriety” sliding scale, you can skip on ahead to the How to Mix Hemp With Cannabis section lower down in the article.
CBD:THC – 1:1
A ratio of 1:1 is considered to be the golden ratio of CBD to THC (even according to the scientists!).
If you consume this perfect ratio then you should expect to feel obvious psychoactive effects from the THC.
The high you feel, however, will be considerably less than if you’d consumed no CBD at all and any negative feelings such as paranoia and anxiety will be considerably reduced.
CBD:THC – 2:1
At a two to one ratio, users will still certainly notice a high feeling, but not enough to feel intoxicated or completely overwhelmed by the feeling.
A 2:1 ratio will most likely leave you feeling uplifted and creative, without any negative feelings that may come with THC intoxication.
CBD:THC – 8:1
An 8:1 ratio is perfect for daytime users that need to stay in high functioning mode.
Although a very light high may be felt, there won’t be any impairment to your productivity or functionality.
CBD:THC – 20:1
This ratio has just a very small amount of THC in it and is recommended to first-time cannabis users that wish to enjoy the entourage effects of the two cannabinoids working together, but with absolutely no high feeling at all.
CBD:THC – 1:0
This ratio is effectively describing just the smokable hemp on its own and is the best option for anyone who wants no risk of a high while experiencing the benefits of the hemp plant.
100% CBD flower has become more popular over the past years as a cognitive enhancer and as a way to remedy specific physical, mental and behavioural difficulties.
How To Mix Hemp With Cannabis
Ok, so you know your ideal hemp to cannabis ratio. In fact, you may even have a couple of different strengths in mind for different uses (daytime/nighttime), but before you start mixing and smoking, don’t forget that some people are much more sensitive to THC than others, so if you’re relatively new to all this, start low and go slow!
There are two different ways you could approach your mixing of the two herbs:
The Easy Way – Pair by Potency
By far, the easiest way to mix your dream ratio of hemp with cannabis is to choose two strains that are similarly potent. To achieve the golden 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, then you would just have to use half hemp and half cannabis. Easy.
It will also be much easier to mix up any of the other ratios you might desire to best suit your differing daytime, nighttime, and weekend routines.
When the strains possess similar potency, you just need to weigh up (or eye up) two, eight or 20 parts of CBD flower for every one part of THC flower. However, if you’re not scared of a bit of math then it may be better to pair your hemp and cannabis in a different way…
The Better Way – Pair by Effect
Hemp and cannabis strain pairing, in our humble opinion, is better done by following your nose.
In other words, decide which terpenes are most desirable to you and then choose both your hemp and cannabis strains to compliment your ideal terpene blend, whether it be invigorating and uplifting, or to help you relax and shut off from the world.
If you don’t pair your strains in this way, then you run the risk of each of the strain’s terpenes actually working against each other, potentially negating that part of the user experience.
As we said, you will need to do a bit of math to work out the correct amounts of hemp and cannabis that you’ll need to achieve your ideal ratio, but once you’ve worked it out you can make a note of your numbers so you don’t have to do it again!
It’s also good to premix batches of hemp and cannabis together to save you from calculating and weighing it out each time.
Health Benefits of CBD and CBG Hemp Flower
Except for a very few drugs which were evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. government, CBD and CBG products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
Many people use cannabinoid products to self-treat various symptoms. Some health care practitioners may even recommend CBD hemp flower for specific diagnosed conditions. However, CBG is still under research, and hemp flowers of any kind should not be a treatment against the advice of a medical professional.
At Green Unicorn Farms, we source the richest, cleanest, and most potent flower available, with carefully controlled cannabinoid levels to give you the hemp benefits you crave without adverse effects.