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Mixing Cannabis Strains When Smoking Or Edibles Making 

By Cheri Sicard
March 31, 2021

Dear Cheri,

I am happily devouring (pun intended) the information on making Mary Jane edibles in your
cooking and gummy courses.  My question today is what do you think about mixing cannabis strains to increase CBD content?  Do you have any information or an opinion on throwing in some high CBD strains of cannabis with the THC strains in my infusion?

Mixing cannabis strains?  Sure, you can definitely do this if you want the medicinal effects of both CBD and THC, and to be sure, they do work best together rather than in isolation.  Although one word of caution with mixing THC and CBD stains, however.  If you want to feel a buzz CBD can cancel out the psychotropic effects of THC.  

This may or may not be a good thing to you depending on the intended us of your edibles. Although this is a very good thing to keep in mind if you ever eat too high a dose of edibles.  Take s little CBD sublingually and you will instantly come right down.

But mixing cannabis strains can go far beyond just mixing THC and CBD.  I call it making marijuana “salads.”  The cannabis strain mixing technique works for cooking as well as for cannabis you smoke or vape.

Mixing Cannabis Strains for Maximum Therapeutic Benefits

I am often asked for strain recommendations.  Cannabis strain reviews and recommendations are often problematic and not all that useful for the reasons I talk about in this article.  

More often than not, the best scannabis train for the job is a combination of several of them!

I had a friend who owned a dispensary, and who likewise had access to lots of different strains of cannabis.  She was famous for mixing cannabis strains into “salads.”  

She had the effects and flavors dialed in for all kinds of homemade designer blends to meet her specific needs and those of her friends and family.

Advantages of Mixing Cannabis Strains (AKA Making Marijuana Salads)

Making your own designer cannabis blends is of course a matter of trial and error, but mixing cannabis strains to make your own blends can have a number of advantages:

  • Mixing cannabis strains can help you enjoy the affects you like while mitigating affects you don’t want.  For instance, if your favorite pain relief strain makes you sleepy you might combine it with another strain that makes you feel energetic and peppy.
  • You can have fun matching terpenes and being a flavor connoisseur while creating fabulous tasting strains to smoke or vape.
  • Mixing strains can help enhance a less a perfect strain with another that has better potency and/or flavor.  In other words, it can help you stretch your stash and save money.
  • Mixing CBD with THC with will reduce the effects of THC’s high, which can be useful for times when you need to keep a clear head, but might be a disadvantage when you are seeking a strong buzz.

How to Start Mixing Weed Strains to Make Designer Cannabis Blends

It is always a good idea to keep notes of the different strains you try, much like a wine connoisseur take tasting notes.  Note flavor notes and effects. 

Likewise, when you start mixing cannabis strains, make notes of strains you have mixed,  again noting the flavor and effects of the blend.

Start small, perhaps by mixing two strains.  As you continue your journey and get more sophisticated with it, you might find your perfect blend, like my old friend’s, contains 4 or 5 different cannabis strains.

It can take time to learn to make your own signature blends, but the process is both lots of fun and therapeutic.

mixing cannabis strains for maximum therapeutic benefits

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About the author

Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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