Smoking THC and CBD
In the past, we’ve taken a look at CBD vs THC. But what about CBD and THC? Cannabis plants contain more than 120 different phytocannabinoids, the interactions of which are subject to much speculation and debate. Some of the more well-known cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, are also subject to scientific scrutiny.
This means that we can explore the effects and benefits of THC and CBD together from both angles- how CBD and THC affect your body when used together, as well as what the experience is like on a more anecdotal level. Many people enjoy combining the two, with some interesting results.
Whether you’re a THC smoker, a CBD smoker, a combination of the two, or just plain curious, there’s a wealth of information available. Be sure to check out our own experiences in the video below, and read on for our take on smoking THC and CBD.
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants. They affect our body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors present on the surface of cells. These receptors are found in our central nervous system with two main types: CB1 and CB2.
These receptors can be affected in different ways depending on the cannabinoid. It’s possible to isolate cannabinoids, such as with CBD isolate, so that the desired effects are more targeted. So what happens when you combine THC and CBD?
Studies have suggested that combining cannabinoids may improve their efficacy. Labeled the ‘Entourage Effect’, the theory states that cannabinoids have the potential to work in synergy, possibly increasing the effects. Luckily for us, most of the research into cannabinoid interactions has been focused on THC and CBD. While nothing is ever guaranteed, it would seem that these two compounds are worth the interest.
“The biggest influence [on THC] is CBD” stated Ethan Russo. As a neurologist who serves as Director of Research and Development at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute in Prague, he probably knows what he’s talking about.
A study in 2010 highlighted CBD’s potential ability to ‘boost’ the efficacy of THC. During the study, patients experiencing pain from cancer were given either a pure THC treatment or a combination of THC and CBD. The findings showed that the patients who received the combination of cannabinoids reported less pain than their THC only counterparts.
It’s important to note that while many advances have been made in studying the Entourage Effect, the facts are only just starting to support the theory. Like many cannabis studies, thorough and extended research is still underway. But what about the people on the ground? What do smokers of THC and CBD have to say about combining the two?
What does smoking CBD and THC feel like?
Whether it’s THC or CBD, your own experience will be unique to you. THC is a psychoactive compound, meaning it can alter your mood, perception, consciousness, and behavior. When smoking THC alone, you can expect a traditional ‘high’ that is generally dictated by your physiology, along with the particular strain you have chosen.
CBD on the other hand is non-psychoactive and is generally used for its potential positive effects on anxiety, sleep issues, and chronic pain and inflammation. CBD’s possible use as an anxiety moderator is particularly interesting, as anxiety is a commonly reported negative side-effect of THC.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from users of CBD and THC to suggest that the addition of CBD to a THC blunt may ward off the more intense effects of THC induced anxiety and paranoia. Sadly the science is currently inconclusive, but if it works for you, waiting for a peer-reviewed study isn’t going to change anything!
Another interesting aspect of combining THC and CBD is the ability to mix and match different Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids. The consensus amongst Cascadia Bloom’s dedicated research team leans more towards Indicas, finding it useful for low-level stressors. Your preferences may vary, and experimentation is an enjoyable way to find what combinations work for you, and in which situations.
Smoking THC and CBD can feel different from person to person, and from strain to strain. The overall impression our personal experiences have provided us along with many of our customers is positive, however. As always we’d love to hear about your own experiences, so comment down below and let us know.
Is Smoking THC and CBD legal?
Unfortunately, to answer this question, we have to split these lovely cannabinoids up. THC and CBD may have the potential to work very well together, but the law currently has other ideas. CBD is legal across all states and is currently classified as a hemp product. One of the reasons that we can sell our CBD flower across the nation is due to the fact that we can prove, via 3rd party lab tests, that our product contains less than 0.3% THC.
It’s thanks to the hard work and research of thousands of people within the CBD industry that CBD is legal across the USA. THC on the other hand is not. Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across all 50 states, making things a bit confusing at times. Tools to check your own state’s legality do exist, and we always recommend checking if you’re unsure.
Smoking THC and CBD together is legal, but only in certain states. If you live in a THC friendly state, congratulations! If you don’t, our CBD flower isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Scientific data and anecdotal evidence for the benefits of smoking THC and CBD together all seem to be pointing in the same direction- it can be beneficial when used responsibly and legally. Cannabis is a plant with an abundance of possible uses, and it’s always a good day when we find enjoyable ways to harness that potential.
There are certainly differences between CBD and THC, but the combination of both can be a match made in heaven. If you’re still interested in the possible benefits CBD can provide, or further comparison between CBD and THC, check out our blog. It’s packed full of interesting information, guides, and FAQs, as well as recipes and more.
If you’re looking for the perfect CBD flower to pair with a fresh THC bud, check out our store. Each CBD flower has been lovingly and organically grown right here on our farm in Oregon- we love what we grow, and we hope you will too.