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Cannabis Strains - Understanding the Basics

In cannabis culture, strain refers to the particular variety of cannabis flower, which gives it characteristics such as its texture, smell, and flavor. Strain is determined by a combination of factors, including botanical lineage, chemical profile, appearance, and effects.

The terms Indica and Sativa are used in the commercial cannabis industry to refer to different strains of cannabis with different effects. The common understanding of Indicas and Sativas is that Indica strains are physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed, and sativa strains are energizing with uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. Hybrid strains are thought to have a mix of indica and sativa effects.

Why use Sativa?

Common effects associated with sativa strains include feeling happy, uplifting, euphoric, and energetic. Sativas are often thought of as “daytime” strains, used for feeling productive, creative, and focused and for getting chores done.

  • If you want to go for a run or be the life of the party
  • Stimulates mind and senses
  • Improves focus/concentration/creativity
  • Increases energy
  • Uplifts mood

Why use Indica?

Common effects associated with Indica strains include feeling relaxed, euphoric, happy, and sleepy. Indicas are commonly known as nighttime strains, used for relaxing and unwinding at the end of the night.

  • If you want to relax after work and before bed.
  • Relaxes mind and body
  • Relieves pain and nausea
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces anxiety

What is a Hybrid strain?

Since hybrid weed strains derive genetics from both indicas and sativas, their effects pull from both indica and sativa strains. Common effects include feeling happy, euphoric, uplifting, energetic, relaxing—it all depends on which hybrid you consume and what effects its parent strains produce.
  • If you want a balanced effect that boosts and relaxes.
  • The best of both Sativa & Indica
  • The balance between euphoria and relaxation
  • Can be Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant
  • Hundreds of options to choose from

CBD - All the benefits without the “high”

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid compound that is found in both cannabis and hemp. Hemp-derived CBD provides a good feeling without the buzz. From edibles to topicals, CBD may offer some help with issues like sleep, relaxation, mood, and pain.
CBN (Cannabinol) is a cannabinoid that is created as the THC cannabinoid in the cannabis plant ages. It does not produce psychoactive effects.

When to take CBD or CBN:

  • If you’re looking for lasting relief for sore muscles.
  • Great relaxing benefits without the “High”
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Alleviates chronic pain
  • Post-exercise recovery

Cannabinoids and terpenes

The better way to pinpoint the effects of different weed strains is to talk about their mix of cannabinoids and terpenes or the chemical compounds in them. These compounds combine to create the entourage effect, creating a “high” feeling.

What are cannabinoids?

The cannabis plant is composed of hundreds of chemical compounds that create unique effects, and the primary ones are cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids and are the main drivers of cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational effects.

  • THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound that most think of when talking about weed—it’s what makes you feel high and relieves symptoms like pain and nausea.
  • CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating compound known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments.

What are terpenes?

If you’ve ever used aromatherapy to relax or invigorate your mind and body, you understand the basics of terpenes, the aromatic compounds commonly produced by plants and fruit. They can be found in lavender flowers, oranges, hops, pepper, and of course, cannabis. Secreted by the same glands that ooze THC and CBD, terpenes are what make cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, fuel, etc.

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