Thinking about mixing delta-8 and CBD together? Is it safe, and what kind of benefits do you get? Well this is the blog post for you!
Two of the most popular hemp-derived cannabinoids — delta-8-THC and CBD — have some similar qualities, but mostly offer different vibes.
When taken together, D8 and CBD form a tantalizing twosome. As a combo, these hempy do-gooders offer a host of unique experiences and effects. Let’s take a look at what happens when you mix CBD and delta-8 together.
You may be wondering — why not just use a product that combines CBD + THC (like a marijuana gummy or higher-THC CBD tincture, for example)?
There are a few reasons why you may prefer CBD + D8 over other combos:
Delta-8 is sort of like a federally-legal THC-lite. It has an almost identical molecular structure with similar psychological and physiological effects. It's just a bit milder, and easier to access.
There are many benefits to taking delta-8-THC and CBD together. Let's first look at what each substance offers.
A short list of CBD's benefits:
Delta-8's qualities are similar, but not exactly the same. Here are some of the properties of D8:
Delta-8-THC and CBD combined potentially offer some benefits that are greater than when either is used alone.
In a process called the "entourage effect," D8 and CBD may work together to improve the positive effects of each — like heighten the qualities of each other, or make each cannabinoid react a little differently in your body. It's a pretty neat-o phenomenon unique to cannabis.
For example, one study compared the efficacy of a THC extract with a THC + CBD extract in alleviating pain. They found that the THC + CBD combo provided more pain relief than the THC alone.(1)
While the study was done on THC, delta-8 has a very similar structure. As such, we might anticipate similar effects when combining delta-8-THC and CBD.
Curious to hear more about the collective of cannabis constituents and their impacts? Read all about it over on: What Is The Entourage Effect?
It's no secret that many people take CBD to help manage their anxiety. And for those who want to try something a bit more potent, D8 might be the right choice for them.
Compared to THC, the D8 high is more consistent, and not prone to the same peaks and pits of THC. There's less of a chance of that icky paranoia feeling you may get from THC. So, D8 might just be the perfect choice if you want a psychoactive stress-reliever and mood-elevator without the risk of a distressing trip.
Here are a couple things to keep in mind so you can maximize your delta-8-THC + CBD experience.
Consider the product formulations you have or want to purchase. The kinds of products will impact your overall experience — particularly the timing of when you feel the effects. Each type of product preparation will have a different time of onset.
Additionally, it pays to be mindful of the:
There’s no standard dose per product. Thus, you have a vast array of dosages and strengths for delta-8 and CBD products.
Also factor in the timing and frequency of consuming your little hempful helpers. Give them a chance to kick in.
Unlike cannabidiol (CBD), delta-8 is psychoactive. So, be sure to follow some of these best practice guidelines when adding D8 into the mix.
Delta-8 and CBD, could there be a better match?
The delta-8 high is smooth, mellow, and calming. CBD offers a host of positive benefits, soothing the body and mind. And both of them together may even be better than either alone. Together delta-8 and CBD may provide an experience unlike anything else.
Just be sure to follow a few safety guidelines for the best possible outcomes. Take it slow when mixing the two for the first time, and refrain from driving or other activities that require you to be sober.
And enjoy the experience of two top cannabinoids together!
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