With the variety of cannabis oils coming out in the market, vaporizers would benefit from knowing what exactly is in the product they are purchasing. We have talked about different types of cannabis oil, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) oil, CBD (cannabidiol) oil, hemp oil, and many more. Now, let’s take a deep dive into one of the most popular cannabis products in the market, cannabis blend oils (sometimes also referred to as just as ‘cannabis blends’). This guide will hopefully help cannabis vape consumers learn what blend oils are, how they work, how to get the most out of them, and where to get the best blend oils from.
These days, many cannabis consumers or newcomers do not just recognize the difference between different strains like sativa or indica or the different flavor varieties. The distinct cannabinoids present in the oils available in the market can play a big role in purchasing decisions. The current popular cannabinoids include Delta-8 THC, HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol), THC-P (Tetrahydrocannabiphorol), and THC-O (or THC-O-acetate).
These cannabinoids produce their own unique effect upon consumption. They can also affect one another in combination, along with terpenes, in what is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect”. Cannabis blend oils try to achieve this effect by mixing together different cannabinoids and terpenes in different oils in specific proportions. The infinite possible combinations result in a multitude of tailored cannabis vape experiences for vapers to choose from.
We have previously mentioned the endocannabinoid system the human body, which regulates a host of functions and processes from sleep, appetite, to reproduction and fertility. While researchers have not been able to fully explain the endocannabinoid system yet, we do know that it remains active in the body even without cannabis consumption. A key component of the system are endocannabinoid receptors, to which endocannabinoids (the natural cannabinoids produced by the human body) and cannabinoids bind. These receptors are found throughout your body, but there are two main endocannabinoid receptors, as shown in the diagram below.
CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain and central nervous system, and are the receptors that THC normally bind to. CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral nervous system, particularly the cells that make up the immune system. CB2 normally attracts endocannabinoids, and since CBD influences the body to use more of these endocannabinoids, CBD is more closely associated with CB2 receptors. Either way, which endocannabinoid receptor that a cannabinoid binds to determines that cannabinoid’s effect on the body. Some cannabinoids target CB1 receptors in the spinal nerve, for example, which helps relieve pain, while others bind to CB2 receptors in the immune cells and produce an anti-inflammatory effect.
In addition, the absorption efficiency of endocannabinoid receptors is different depending on the cannabinoid (or endocannabinoid). For example, Delta-8 THC has a lower affinity with CB1 receptors compared to Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC would not overstimulate the receptors to the extent that Delta-9 THC does, so the effects would be less potent but last longer. On the other hand, studies have shown that THC has approximately 33 times more binding affinity with CB1 receptors compared to Delta-9 THC. This means the effects of consuming THCP can be 5 to 10 times more potent compared to Delta-9 THC, but are not as long-lasting.
Given the distinct ways cannabinoids react with endocannabinoid receptors, having multiple cannabinoids in one compound can create interesting combinations of effects upon vaporization. This is the case with cannabis blend oils. In blends, cannabinoids with greater potency like THCP can create the initial effects for vapers. Then, as this early hit starts to wane, the less potent cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC will start to bind with the receptors. Such combinations can produce a longer duration of effects, with peaks and waves that differ from one blend oil to the next.
The obvious way of getting the best vaping experience with cannabis blend oils is getting the best quality blends, which can be found below. Equally important, however, is getting the right vaporizer and accessories. This is because cannabinoids have different boiling points and therefore optimum vaporizer temperatures, some of which can be seen in the table below:
Cannabinoid Boiling Point Optimum Vaporizer Temp
Using a vaporizing device with a precise adjustive voltage function allows cannabis consumers to target the different cannabinoids in a cannabis blend oil. This maximizes the cannabis blend oil experience in two ways. First, it ensures that the vaper undergoes the full range of effects offered by the blend as intended by the manufacturer. Second, it means sufficient blend oil is vaporized, increasing efficiency and minimizing waste.
For cannabis vape consumers that prefer their cartridge and 510-battery setup, Cilicon’s EDGE Mod1 battery is perfect for use with blend oils for this reason. The EDGE Mod1 can “spark” a full range of blend oils anywhere at their convenience without compromising on experience. This is because the EDGE Mod1 is equipped with three different temperature settings that allow precise targeting of cannabinoids in blends. The cannabinoids can be vaporized one after the other with no burning, no overheating and no waste. The EDGE Mod1’s compatibility with all standard 510-thread cartridges means it is versatile and can be used with a wide range of blend oils available in the market.
While most cannabis retailers and dispensaries carry cannabis blend oils for vaporizer use, we recommend the three companies below to get the best quality blends.
Delta Extrax, is a California-based CBD specialist company. They have recently expanded their focus to rare minor cannabinoids, however, such as THC, HHC, and THC-O. They now carry THCP cartridges and disposable vape pens with blend oils using a well-balanced mix between Delta-8 distillates, THCP distillates and terpenes.
3CHI, based in Indiana, was the first commercial developer of hemp-derived minor cannabinoid products. They are renowned for using high-quality natural, organic hemp, with a broad range of Delta-8 THC, CBN, and tailored cannabinoid blend products, including blend oils.
Binoid is a popular CBD company based in California, also focusing on hemp-derived products. The company stocks and sells a wide range of THCP vape cartridges, most containing a blend of hemp-derived THCP, delta-8, and terpenes.
Be sure to explore the different cannabis blend oils available out there, check their composition and find the best combination for your needs. However, if you are unsure about anything, feel free to check out our more comprehensive articles on specific cannabinoids on the website. Then, grab your choice of blend oil cartridge, match it with a multi-temperature setting battery like Cilicon’s EDGE Mod1, and get ready for a unique, long-lasting cannabis vaping experience.