Combining strains

While you’ve probably smoked from a pipe or a bowl that had remnants from a different strain of weed, mixing two strains is not something people usually do, at least not as a first choice. Are you able to produce different highs when mixing two types of weed? Can you specially tailor a high by playing scientist? Some people believe you can. Some don’t.

Mixing strains together can boost cannabis’s much discussed entourage effect, that feeling when different elements of cannabis come together and produce a powerful high, much stronger than one you’d get when consuming a single cannabinoid by itself. The entourage effect is the reason why so many people claim that consuming one cannabinoid for relaxing or therapeutic effects is not as effective as consuming the entirety of the plant, terpenes and all.

If you’re after truly unique effects, mixing two strains together can do that, for better or worse. In any case, mixing two strains isn’t rocket science; while you could get a very strong high or something that puts you right to bed, nothing bad should happen, especially if the cannabis you purchased is good quality.

What you should do

Stick to one product and use your common sense. If you’re smoking flower, choose two strains you like and pair them in equal parts. Don’t mix a vape with flower, or an edible with flower. Start off slow and reign in your creative monster. When prepping your bowl, care for your flower, placing it in glass containers and out of the sun, stored in a cool, dry place. This will preserve the plant’s terpenes and allow you to have fuller and better experience.

Which strains should you mix?

You should pair similar components, whether that’s flavors or effects. Ask around in your dispensary and you’re sure to come up with dozens of different pairings. When it comes to mixing weed, it’s a blank canvas. You can really do whatever you want.

What are you after?

Ask yourself this question before you make your mix. Choose a strain you love and try to perfect it with something else. Are you after a couch-like indica effect that won’t knock you out instantly? Pair an indica with a hybrid that can help you kick up your high into something fun but still mellow.

Lastly, if you’re pairing two strong elements, be careful. When mixing two strains you’re opening yourself up to a completely new experience, one that’s more likely to result in something new but also a bad high, the type where you’re hyped up but also feel like sleeping for hours.

Start off slow and ask questions in your dispensary.

The point of it all is to have a good time and to try something new.

Maria Loreto is a contributing writer for The Fresh Toast. The Alaska Cannabist has partnered with The Fresh Toast, a lifestyle and entertainment platform featuring coverage of cannabis, culture, comedy, food, drink, edibles and more.

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