Over the last year or so, you might have started coming across the term “CBD weed.” In many cases, hemp manufacturers use this term to refer to CBD flower products, but CBD flower is not the same thing as weed by any stretch of the imagination. That’s not to say, however, that CBD and THC should always be kept apart. In this guide, we’ll examine the various definitions of CBD weed and provide you with our take on using Cannabis sativa products that contain both CBD and THC.
What is CBD weed?
“CBD weed” is primarily a marketing term that’s used to refer to Cannabis sativa flower that contains high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC. Since CBD-rich hemp flower is practically indistinguishable from THC-rich marijuana both in appearance and in aroma, it’s no surprise that hemp flower with high concentrations of CBD is sometimes referred to as CBD weed.
For our purposes, however, we’d like to firmly separate the definitions of CBD flower and weed. In the public mindset, “weed” is something that makes you high, and one of the most important distinguishing features of CBD flower is that it’s non-intoxicating. At Secret Nature, therefore, we like to think of “CBD weed” as a substance that combines the benefits of CBD flower with the desirable characteristics of marijuana.
Just to be clear, Secret Nature does not sell any THC-rich products, and all of the products we offer at secretnaturecbd.com contain less than 0.3% THC. That’s not to say, however, that we don’t appreciate the potential benefits of THC. Our founders, for example, got their start in the California medical marijuana market, so we know quite a bit about THC, its benefits, and its potential dangers.
Weed can be better with CBD
Recreational and medical marijuana use in the United States is on the rise. The U.S. cannabis industry is set to become a $20 billion dollar industry in 2021, and there are nearly 7,500 marijuana dispensaries nationwide. With marijuana rapidly becoming such an important part of American culture, THC users across the country are always on the lookout for the best ways to make their experiences with cannabis as enjoyable as possible.
Even before THC became legal in many areas of the United States, Cannabis sativa breeders raced each other to see who could produce the highest-potency weed. In this mad-dash effort to provide the most potent high, many of the minor cannabinoids present in weed, including CBD, were bred out of the equation.
It seems that there’s reason to believe, however, that adding CBD to THC-rich weed might make this popular recreational drug and medical tool safer and more effective. CBD has been studied, for instance, for its potential to reduce the negative effects of THC, and research has also been conducted to determine if CBD has anti-addictive properties.
There’s no doubt that THC is a fun and relaxing drug to use in moderation. Your high time might come to a screeching halt, however, if weed’s darker side bares its fangs and becomes habit-forming or causes adverse psychiatric symptoms. While ultra high-potency marijuana strains make it easier to enjoy the potential benefits of THC, you might want to return to your roots by adding CBD back into the equation.
Hemp can be better with THC
There are plenty of hemp smokers who want to avoid THC at all costs, and that’s perfectly understandable. Not everyone wants to get high, after all, and it’s convenient that we now have the option of using Cannabis sativa without experiencing any intoxicating effects. At the same time, however, hemp lovers who live in states where recreational or medical marijuana are legal shouldn’t jump to conclusions and take THC permanently off the table.
It’s a simple fact, for instance, that THC can help with serious conditions like glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. This intoxicating cannabinoid also appears to boost your appetite, and it has impressive anti-nausea qualities. Plus, there’s a reason that weed continues to gain popularity across the country—THC provides relaxing, enjoyable effects that help you forget about your worries and focus on the positive aspects of life. Just remember to use THC-rich weed in moderation to avoid this cannabinoid’s negative effects.
CBD Weed and the Entourage Effect
CBD and THC each have their own unique benefits, and the advantages of both THC-rich and CBD-rich strains of Cannabis sativa can be altered or increased by putting these two cannabinoids together. As we’ve already covered, CBD has been studied for its potential to reduce the negative effects of THC, and THC may add a deeper layer of enjoyment to the ritual of smoking CBD-rich flower. That’s only the beginning of how these two cannabinoids might synergize with each other, however.
Within the human body, there is a group of neuroreceptors and neurotransmitters known as the endocannabinoid system. The main neurotransmitter within the endocannabinoid system is anandamide, which is called an “endocannabinoid” because both its structure and effects are similar to those of plant-derived “phytocannabinoids.” The two primary neuroreceptors in the endocannabinoid system are the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are most concentrated in your central nervous system (CNS).
THC acts as a powerful agonist at the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which means that it stimulates these receptors even more strongly than anandamide. As a result, using THC kicks your endocannabinoid system into overdrive, causing intoxicating and euphoric effects.
CBD, on the other hand, does not have any particular affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which is why this cannabinoid does not get you high. Instead, CBD mainly interacts with your body’s 5-HT1A and TRPV1 receptors, which serve peripheral functions within the endocannabinoid system by balancing and harmonizing your CNS.
When you smoke CBD weed, which contains both THC and CBD, you stimulate your endocannabinoid system while also soothing and harmonizing this vital group of neuroreceptors and neurotransmitters. As a result, a type of cannabinoid synergy called the entourage effect is activated which occurs when multiple cannabinoids are used together.
The entourage effect is usually referenced in the context of the interactions between multiple non-intoxicating cannabinoids, but this form of cannabinoid synergy may also occur when you use THC in combination with non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD. If you were to add other cannabinoids into the mix as well, such as CBG or THCV, it’s likely that this theoretical synergy between CBD and THC would become even stronger.
How to smoke a joint with CBD and THC
Now that you have a basic idea of the potential benefits of smoking CBD weed, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty details regarding how to use CBD and THC together. One of the most convenient ways to use either THC-rich or CBD-rich cannabis separately is to roll up a joint, so rolling joints that contain both CBD and THC is an obvious method for ingesting these cannabinoids at the same time.
First, you’ll need to get your hands on both some THC-rich cannabis and some CBD-rich hemp. We’d like to reiterate that Secret Nature does not sell any THC-rich products, and all of the products we offer contain less than 0.3% THC. Therefore, you’ll need to start your CBD weed journey by finding a source of THC-rich cannabis.
We strongly recommend that you obtain your weed legally. Even though illegal weed dealers are now commonplace on the darknet and even on Twitter, purchasing THC-rich cannabis via illegal channels could get you in serious trouble. If you live in one of the 17 states that has yet to pass recreational or medical marijuana laws, you’ll need to visit another state to enjoy the CBD weed experience.
Recreational marijuana is available in 11 states, so if you live in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, or any other state that has legalized marijuana for adults who are over 21, getting your hands on THC-rich cannabis will be a walk in the park. If you live in a state where only medical marijuana is legal, you’ll need to convince a doctor that you have a condition meriting the use of THC.
Once you’ve gotten your hands on some THC-rich cannabis, choose from among the incredible CBD-rich hemp flower products we offer at Secret Nature. Our CBD flower is grown organically with no pesticides or other toxins, and we provide lab reports to prove the purity of our hemp. With sativa, indica, and hybrid strains to choose from, there’s no end to the CBD weed combinations you can put together using hemp flower from our website.
Now that you’ve acquired both THC-rich weed and CBD-rich hemp, grind up a nug or two from each stash. Then, combine equal parts of THC-rich weed and CBD-rich hemp in an organic hemp rolling paper, roll it up, and start smoking. Within moments, you’ll start experiencing the unique benefits that only CBD weed can provide.
Other ways to enjoy the CBD weed effect
Smoking CBD and THC together in a joint isn’t the only way to enjoy CBD weed. As an alternative, you can combine ground-up CBD and THC flower in a bong bowl and take rips of CBD weed goodness.
You can even smoke CBD weed in a pipe or roll up a CBD weed blunt with a hemp or tobacco blunt wrap. What’s more, certain vape carts combine both THC and CBD into a single vaping experience. We can’t vouch for the safety of vape products made by other manufacturers, but generally speaking, vaping is an effective and smoke-free way to inhale cannabinoids.
If smoking isn’t your thing, you can experiment with making CBD weed edibles. First, simmer a combination of ground-up CBD and THC nugs in your favorite cooking oil, then infuse this oil into a meal or a treat. You can even purchase gel capsules online and fill them with your CBD and THC-infused oil.
Don’t be afraid to get creative as you tailor your very own CBD weed experience, but remember to be careful as you source your THC-rich products. Not only does THC have some notable side effects, but not all weed growers cultivate quality products. Whether you’re purchasing CBD-rich weed in a medical dispensary or a recreational marijuana shop, ask to see lab reports for each product you buy, and choose your growers wisely.
Cannabinoids are meant to be together
It’s likely that society will continue to be divided over the subject of THC for the foreseeable future. While this cannabinoid has undeniable benefits, it also has its share of downsides, and some people simply don’t want to alter their minds by getting high. Whatever your position on THC-rich weed may be, CBD-rich hemp will always be there to provide you with all the benefits of cannabis without the intoxication.If you’re ready to adventure into the unknown, however, combining CBD with THC provides an experience like no other. Before the intervention of human cultivation, CBD and THC coexisted in Cannabis sativa for uncounted millennia, and bringing these cannabinoids back together provides you with the opportunity to put a modern slant on an ancient plant. If you have any questions about CBD weed, contact us, and visit the Secret Nature blog for more information on all things CBD