Everyone has a favorite strain. Or two, or three, or more.
But have you ever tried smoking them all at the same time? And no, we don’t mean smoking two joints simultaneously. We mean mixing the buds together to see how much higher you can get and what a unique experience it gives you.
Why Mix Cannabis Strains?
Anyone who’s mixed cannabis strains in the past can tell you that it results in a different outcome, and one that is truly enjoyable. Not only will it change the flavor but more often than not, it gets you much higher than one strain will do. Many refer to this as “making a salad”, and this is a great way to customize your cannabis high.
You also get to enjoy many health benefits by combining the cannabinoids and terpenes of the various strains all in your system. This is called the entourage effect. Simply put, it enables the hundreds of compounds within the plant to work synergistically with one another for enhanced health benefits though the more potent high is just an amazing “side effect”. Recreational users can benefit by having more control on their hit because combining strains will give you a chance to experiment with different sensations. On the other hand, medical users can also benefit by, for example, combining sativas with indicas for a more balanced effect.
Cannabis growers and seasoned enthusiasts also see making a salad as an opportunity to see first-hand what it would be like if two or more strains were genetically combined into a cultivar. You can also combine a strong strain with a high THC content with that of a lower THC content or high CBD strain to tone one strain down. The combined effects will come in handy when you have plans of going to a social event when you don’t want to be too stoned out of your brains.
Of course, mixing cannabis strains is also a great way to add variety. You might have a huge stash of one strain that you smoke all the time. By adding a little bit of another strain to the mix, it will change up the effects and flavor so you can see how they react to one another. Besides, many people truly believe that many strains were made to be smoked together.
The Right Way To Mix Cannabis Strains
Before you start experimenting with various strains, doing some research on the terpene and cannabinoid profile of each strain will help. Rather than blindly mixing strains to see what happens, it’s recommended to mix complementary strains or one that has something that the other is lacking.
You could have a deliciously satisfying hybrid if you have nothing more than a sativa and an indica on your hands. This would give you a 50-50 effect with each of their strains. But if you want to achieve a medicinal effect, do some research online on the effects these strains are known to have.
It’s always a good thing to keep in mind that you should have one solid strain as a base for the blend, one that has strong and long-lasting effects. Some good ones to start with as a base include OG Kush, Sour Diesel, AK-47, Girl Scout Cookies, and Purple Haze. Now, you can look for a second or third strain which you think could complement the base.
Some tips for complementary strains include checking the label for its cannabinoid and terpene content, and thinking about which strains are known for certain effects that you’re after. Do you want pronounced energy, creative focus, or a balanced high? Also keep in mind that there’s so much more to cannabis than just mixing THC and CBD; you can also look for minor cannabinoids that have been sharing the spotlight lately such as THCV, CBC, and many others. Minor compounds can actually contribute to an awesome experience combining strains.
Another way to go about mixing strains is to mix based on flavor and aroma; in other words, checking for terpenes. Terpenes are often underlooked though these days they have been gaining traction among cannabis enthusiasts for the important role they play in enhancing the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in your body. For example, you can combine sweet strains with fuel and pine aromas. Generally speaking, most lemony and blueberry strains tend to mix well with pretty much any strain.
There’s also the possibility of mixing strains when making edibles. In fact, this is already commonly done by edible manufacturers. However, noticing the differences in effect and flavor will tend to be very mild when it comes to edibles as compared to smoking.
Combining cannabis strains should be 50% fun and 50% experimentation. It will take you some time to find the right mix and dose to achieve the effect you’re looking for.
Here are some excellent strain combinations to try:
Blueberry + Royal Cheese
Royal Cheese + Blue Mystic
White Widow + Purple Trainwreck
Lemon Kush + White Cheese
Last but not least, as with anything new, go slow and don’t smoke too much of it. Make sure you’re at home when you’re testing out your new cannabis cocktails. You’ll want to smoke less than your usual so that you can observe the effects and the high. Keep an open mind and be prepared for one-of-a-kind flavors and experiences, and don’t take it too hard if it doesn’t come out the way you like when it’s the first time. Strain mixing takes time and practice and once you get better at it, you’ll be surprised how rewarding and tasty it can get!
Have you tried mixing strains before? What was your experience like?