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Have you ever thought about mixing up your cannabis strains and matching it with other marijuana strains? If you have not thought about doing this, then you should since it produces a different outcome that you may like. It will change the flavor of course and possibly improve the high that you will experience. When you mix your marijuana strains, it is called ‘making a salad.' This is a popular way of customizing and personalizing your cannabis high. You can also tone down cannabis strain by mixing and matching. For example, if a strain is high, you can use one that has a higher CBD level, which means that the THC level will be less. In addition, when you can create the right combination of marijuana strains, you may get the ideal amount of medicinal elements from each of these strains.
Tobacco and wine enthusiasts have long been fans of blends to create a signature variety. In a similar fashion, cannabis blending can be an art form done from the comfort of your home. Don’t hesitate to ask a budtender for recommendations on strains that mix well together. Knowing the various strains and medicinal benefits is necessary for any budtender.
A Better High
Could the mixing of cannabis strains make you enjoy a better high? Many people would say so. There are two main reasons why they would agree. One of the reasons is the amount of terpenes and the other is the cannabinoids. Blending these in the right way will dictate the high that you feel. Cannabinoids are grouped together as chemical compounds known as CBD and THC. These are found as secretions in the marijuana plant binding the receptor sites located in our bodies and producing for us a range of medical and recreational benefits. Terpenes are known as molecules, giving marijuana its flavor and aroma. Both terpenes and cannabinoids have therapeutic elements.
When you consume a variation of combined marijuana strains, you are dealing with multiple compounds, which alter the effect of the combination. For instance, it has the ability to improve the medicinal and pain-fighting properties and in addition, provides more depth to your cannabis high. This observable fact is known as ‘entourage effect.' It is a claim made when marijuana strains are combined and boost effectiveness of the individual marijuana strains.
When consuming a single strain, the entourage effect involves the interaction between its cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other active compounds on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This complex interaction of endocannabinoid cell receptors and cannabinoids produces an experience unique to you. When mixing cannabis strains, you can consume a seemingly endless combination of a strains’ chemical profiles.
Difficulty Level of Mixing Marijuana Strains
If you are wondering whether there is a level of difficulty when mixing marijuana strains, the answer depends on the outcome that you expect. If you want to end up with that hybrid high and you are only in possession of sativa and indica strains, then to mix these two would result in a fifty-fifty ratio, which is a simple and easy solution. On the other hand, if your objective is all about medicinal benefits, then you could experience some challenges when mixing marijuana strains. You would have to find the precise blend that would treat your medical symptoms. When you mix hybrid strains, you may also have challenges. Moreover, you need to have some type of knowledge about hybrid strains and which ones fall into that category. It is possible that experimenting and practicing could allow you to get it right.
Even with all the practice in the world, mixing cannabis strains comes with many variables. For instance, each batch of a strain will have a slightly different set of compounds. A strain’s potency and aroma is largely determined by how it’s grown. While you can have a rough idea of your ideal “salad” ratio, it’s always a guessing game. Luckily, your experience will generally be similar every time, except for a few minor differences in aroma, potency, and effects.
How to Mix Cannabis Strains
When blending cannabis strains, start off with a solid base. A good foundation for a cannabis blend is a strain that delivers long-lasting effects. We recommend choosing popular strains that you can find nearly anywhere such as Sour Diesel, GSC, OG Kush, Pineapple Express, AK-47, Blue Dream, Gelato, Green Crack, Purple Haze, Wedding Cake, Forbidden Fruit and Biscotti Strain. Of course, there are many more you can choose from. A good base should account for between one-third and one-half of your mix.
Now that you have a strong strain as a starter, you can add anything that you think would complement its effects. Look at the strain’s label for cannabinoid analysis. Terpene content is rarely shown on the label but you can always give your buds a smell or look online to determine its main terpenes. Add strains that will give you an extra dose of your desired effect. Do you want more focus? Are you looking for a burst of creative energy? Add a strain with the effects that your main strain lacks.
Mixing strains should be a fun experience. In the beginning, you’ll have to experiment a little with calculating the right dose of strains. Using some CBD-rich strains mixed with high-THC strains can help balance the psychoactive effects of THC. Also, think beyond the main two cannabinoids: THC and CBD. Look toward minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, THCV, and so many more. These minor compounds can play a major and positive role in your experience.
Once you’ve found your chosen blend of one, two, or more strains you can decide how much you want to grind at a time. If it’s a new mix, grind enough herb for a single session to gauge its effects. You can grind a large amount and store it in an airtight container for use over a long period of time. Simply open the jar, grab enough for your session, and close it back up for later use. Make sure to keep your cannabis blend in a cool place. Also make sure it stays dry. You can use humidity packs inside your container to keep them at the perfect humidity levels, which help avoid stale and moldy weed.
Top Cannabis Combinations
Some of the top combinations when mixing cannabis strains are Medical Mass and Royal Domina. Medical mass is rich in CBD properties while Royal Domina is the opposite with high levels of THC. Medical Mass is one of the marijuana strains that relaxes you but still gives you energy. OG Kush and Sour Diesel are an excellent combination if you are looking for a potent sedative. Blueberry and Royal Cheese mix well together and the combination gives off a memorable flavor. Both of these marijuana strains are hybrid.
Don’t stop there. There are hundreds of cannabis strains out there and new ones popping up all the time. Spend some time really savoring the buds as you inhale and notice different scents and flavors. Tuning your nose and taste buds for cannabis’ terpenes can take some time, but it’s totally worth it. It’s up to you to find your favorite combination of cannabis strains. That’s the magic of cannabis.
When mixing cannabis strains, consider each one’s aroma and flavor. Terpenes play a minor but important role in the chemical processes inside the body. They also make smoking and vaporizing bud a decadent experience. Think of mixing terpene profiles like mixing food ingredients. In fact, cannabis has many of the same terpenes found in cooking herbs and fruits. For instance, citrus and lemon-scented strains can go with fruity and sweet-smelling strains. Pine and fuel aromas can blend well, too.
Mixing Cannabis Strains in Edibles
If you’re planning on making cannabis edibles, don’t worry about mixing strains and getting too high. Most producers of large-scale edibles use a mix of strains all the time. Using different strains for your butter or oil won’t diminish the quality of your infusion. Your high may have subtle differences compared to using one strain only, but you may not even notice the difference.
To get the best outcome, it is best to combine two cannabis strains that have opposite attributes. Choose the right flavor that complements the other. Be aware that all Blueberry strains and Lemon strains combine well with almost any other strain. Visit the Cannabis Training University to learn more about mixing marijuana strains and how to cook with cananbis.