What could be better than a single cannabinoid? Blending multiple cannabinoids, of course. You may be wondering, why is this method of consumption so popular? Are there potential advantages of combining cannabinoids? High Times – AUGUST 24, 2022
Cannabis and hemp plants are two different varieties of the C. sativa plant. Both contain CBD and THC along with over 540 other substances. Hemp generally contains more CBD and less THC. While cannabis plants contain more THC and less CBD. Delta 9 THC (or D9) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the most common cannabinoids found in the flowering cannabis plant. There are several others such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), Delta 8 THC (D8), and so on.It’s the interaction between these substances and the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which helps to regulate specific functions such as appetite, pain perception, the immune system and more. Some of the benefits of hemp-derived products include heightened sensory perception, relaxation, etc. The possible short- and long-term effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, and in some cases, paranoia, etc.
The current American market has a variety of edibles, tinctures, vapes and these products can be classified into three types:
- Isolate: This term refers to a form of cannabis or hemp extract which contains one single cannabinoid, typically CBD.
- Broad spectrum: A term describing cannabis or hemp extracts which are made without THC but have all the remaining compounds.
- Full spectrum: These cannabis or hemp extracts contain (or combine) ALL the available compounds, including THC. The concept is similar to whole plant medicine.
Hemp-derived products are seen as safe and effective with few health risks. When purchasing cannabis, avoid purchasing products from retailers that do not provide COAs (certificate of analysis) for each product. This analysis assures the consumer that the product has been tested and free from heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, etc. As you can use at your discretion, it is important to choose quality products.
There are some practical reasons for blending cannabinoids (or cultivars). The first reason is value. If you want optimal results from a hemp product, for the best price, you should look for full or broad spectrum formulations. The second reason is fairly straightforward. Consumers will sometimes blend different cultivars to adjust the taste or enhance the effects. This strategy makes customizing your experience possible!
Although these products are derived from hemp, many of the cannabinoids can have intoxicating effects. For this reason, it is recommended to start with lower doses, and increase as needed for desired effect.
Because everyone’s needs are unique, it’s important to educate the consumer to formulate a self-care system that works, and selecting and customizing your cannabinoid regimen is very personal, depending on your lifestyle, budget, and more.
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