As more of us are beginning to learn about the independent potential of delta-9 THC, it’s natural that many of our customers are wondering whether or not there is a proper way to incorporate it into one’s daily routine.
Well, we shall be answering this question thoroughly so that you can decide for yourself whether you wish to consume or apply delta 9 on its own or take it along with one of these other cannabinoids.
As for whether or not it’s advised to take these cannabinoids together, the answer is a lot more fascinating than you may think.
Delta 9 vs. CBD vs. CBG
Before discussing whether or not it’s advisable to mix these cannabinoids together, let’s briefly get into their similarities as well as their differences.
Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, and its high prevalence in the marijuana plant is why this particular substance is federally illegal. [Source]
Note: In the hemp plant, there is only a trace amounts of delta 9, which is why the law states that hemp can be taken legally as long as the final product contains <0.3% delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis.
Delta-9 THC is a cannabinoid.
Cannabinoids are a class of compounds native to cannabis, which have the unique ability to support the body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body in order to regulate bodily functions like mood, pain and so on.
CBD and CBG are also cannabinoids, which means that they are processed and used by the body in the same manner as delta 9.
Of course, CBD and CBG are not intoxicating like THC.
Each of these three cannabinoids binds with specific cannabinoid receptors, to produce effects.
This means that while they may share similar as well as differing relief properties, they accomplish these things in slightly different ways, which means that they may all be useful in their own way.
Can There Be a Negative Interaction Between Them?
Well, the good news is that there are no reported negative interactions between them.
When we talk about negative interactions, we’re talking about potential toxic or harmful effects that result from combining two substances together.
An example of a negative interaction is alcohol and opioid drugs. When these two substances are taken together, a person can experience a fatal overdose.
But cannabinoids are different.
The reason why you can take multiple cannabinoids together is because they are complementary.
Think about it this way – CBD, CBG and delta 9 all occur in the same plant.
For centuries, people have been taking the cannabis plant in its pure form, most commonly by smoking it.
This means that they are taking all of these cannabinoids together.
It wouldn’t make sense for two compounds in the same plant to cause dangerous effects when taken together, as they exist in the same chemical composition for a reason, as nature intended.
Whether you take your delta 9 hours before your dose of CBD or CBG, or perhaps take all of the compounds together at once, it doesn’t matter.
Bottom line is that there’s no danger due to an interaction between these compounds.
The Entourage Effect
In fact, it may be ideal to take all three of these cannabinoids together whenever you can, and this applies to all cannabinoids not just these 3 as there are well over 100 in the cannabis plant.
This is because of the “entourage effect”.
The entourage effect refers to the synergistic nature of hemp’s chemical compounds.
Science shows us that when you take all of the compounds in hemp together at once, as they exist in nature, you can experience a more bio-available and effective result in your overall well-being.
In simpler terms, the entourage effect means that if you’re using hemp for something specific, taking all of the compounds together greatly increases your chances of finding the relief that you’re looking for due to these cannabinoids working synergistically.
Keep in mind though, that to experience the entourage effect, you need to take cannabinoids simultaneously– this means every cannabinoid, terpene, flavonoid and nutrient compound, including delta 9.
But of course, you do not have to take only these 3 cannabinoids to experience the entourage effect, as you can combine something like CBD, CBG, CBN, and delta-8 THC.
Basically you need at least 2 cannabinoids, or a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes for this incredible interaction to take place.
How You Can Experience The Entourage Effect?
There are a few ways actually, as long as each is done properly and responsibly.
Method #1: Consuming Raw Hemp Flower
You read that header right. Most commonly, hemp flower is smoked in the form of cured buds.
You can also vape it with a specialized device, or even cook with it.
Whichever way you choose, know that its potency will vary per consumption method and by strain of hemp flower consumed.
But when you smoke, vape, or even cook with CBD hemp flower, you are experiencing the entourage effect by indulging in a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that work together synergistically to enhance the overall potential benefits of each.
Methods #2: Grab a Full or Broad Spectrum Hemp Product
This means that the product is made with full spectrum hemp extract, which is an extract containing every compound in hemp that was naturally occurring in that specific strain of hemp.
When hemp is run through an extraction process, its entire chemical composition remains intact, and this is full spectrum hemp extract with the key being the presence of <0.3% delta-9 THC.
Broad spectrum extract has had the THC manually removed, however there is still a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes to produce the entourage effect.
Method #3: Combine Isolated Cannabinoids
The type of extract that will not induce the entourage effect is isolated cannabinoids such as CBD isolate.
Isolated cannabinoids are simply the compound cannabidiol removed from all the other cannabinoids in hemp.
And because it's only a singular cannabinoid, the entourage effect will not be experienced, unless of course you were to add another isolated cannabinoid like CBG isolate into the mix.
You could even take some CBD and CBG isolate with some delta-9 and terpenes together as these natural cannabis compounds play a role in the entourage effect.
Overall, It’s Fine to Take CBD or CBG Along with Delta-9 THC
Whether taken at various points throughout the day or taken all at once.
In fact, it may be more useful to do so, thanks to the unique synergistic properties of cannabinoids.
If you are currently taking a CBD product, you may be suprised to find out it's made with a broad spectrum or full spectrum extract meaning you could've been consuming multiple cannabinoids this entire time and thus enjoying the entourage effect.
So, keeping this information in mind, we encourage you to develop a hemp routine based on the compounds that most appeal to your specific needs.
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