Is mixing delta 8 with delta 9 a good idea?

Published Jul 21, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET
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Cannasseurs are known for mixing pot products, as it often provides more power over every aspect of the euphoric experience. Everything from the taste and smell to the type of buzz and strength of it can be tweaked to perfection while creating some form of weed salad, and that’s why it’s so encouraged. Everywhere you look, you’ll see unique combinations, like herb and oil in moon rockets or moonrocks sealed in with a heaping helping of kief, or terp sauce and diamonds. It’s a wonderful thing to have this much freedom, and it can really help us to get our needs met with ease, but is mixing something that should always be done? More specifically, would mixing delta 8 THC with delta 9 THC be worth it?

Delta 8

Delta 8 is a synthetic cannabinoid that is made using CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound produces by both cannabis and hemp plants. It offers many of the same benefits as delta 9 but it is much less thoroughly researched, so we know very little about how it compares to its naturally produced counterpart when it comes to things like medicinal use/treatment. What we do know is that it typically induces similar sensations to delta 9 THC, including euphoria and relaxation, but those effects are usually much milder than you’d expect from regular THC products.

Delta 9

Delta 9 THC is the most popular cannabinoid because it’s responsible for most of the intense feelings consumers experience when they use cannabis or any of its derivatives. It’s often viewed as the recreational selling point, a measure of potency, strength and intensity, but in many cases, it’s the element that medical patients rely on for consistent and reliable relief. It’s the activated version of the non-psychoactive THCA, a process completed with only a small amount of heat. Delta 9 provides a wide range of intense effects that can be overwhelming, in particular for brand new users. Still, it’s the most widely utilized cannabinoid that exists today.

Are the effects complimentary?

Technically, the effects of both delta 8 and delta 9 should be compatible. After all, they both seem to offer a similar range of effects albeit in far different strengths. The trouble is that we don’t yet understand how they affect each other. Taking both at the same time could theoretically bolster the powerful sensations caused by delta 9, making it much stronger than usual, or delta 8 could render delta 9’s effects less noticeable. We really aren’t sure how this works, and until we do, there are no guarantees as far as what might happen.

What we know so far

Delta 8 sounds pure and sure just like delta 9, but synthesizing this cannabinoid is no easy feat, and when it’s done, it generally includes a range of micro-cannabinoids, some of which we’ve never seen before, so there is no way to know what they might do. Those compounds could significantly impact all kinds of things from the intensity of the buzz to how long it lasts and whether or not you enjoy it. Luckily, there is enough evidence to suggest that delta 8 should be just as safe as its counterpart when taken alone. Still, it might be a good idea to proceed with caution if you’d like to experiment with the two elements at the same time.

Sometimes separate is better

If you’ve got some delta 8 carts and you’d like to combine them with your regular THC stash, then we highly recommend taking care and caution with dosing, at least until you have a better idea of what to expect. It’s not a bad idea, especially when you’re scraping together enough to get you through the week, but sometimes keeping them apart really is a better choice. Separate, these cannabinoids can provide you with different intensities of relaxation to suit any activity or mood. Together, they’re unpredictable, and not overly effective, even if you happen to be someone with a high tolerance.

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