Most cannabis strains are technically hybrids of sorts (indica dominant, sativa dominant or hybrid) after multiple generations of crossbreeding and it’s fairly rare to find pure indica or sativa strains. Although understanding the genetic lineage of cannabis strains can be helpful, it’s also necessary to look at the cannabinoid and terpene profiles of each strain; this is the best indicator as to its medicinal application for individuals. Below, are brief explanations of the basic differences between indica, hybrid and sativa strains.
+ Generally provides more of a sense of deep body relaxation.
+ Indica strains are more associated with. bodily sensations.
+ Often recommenced for nighttime use.
+ Provides more of an energizing experience.
+ Sativa strains are often associated with more of a cerebral sensation.
+ Typically more uplifting and euphoric; often recommended for daytime use.
+ Crossbred between indica and sativa plants.
+ Most strains are hybrids of the two, often leaning to one side or another with the exception of some strains that are close to an even split.
+ Bred to provide the best traits from their respective parent plants
In the cannabis plant, there are several compounds that work together to create the effects that we observe. The two most recognizable compounds are cannabidiol (CBD), known for its therapeutic effects, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is primarily known for its recreative effects, although it has also been shown to possess therapeutic properties as well. These molecules also demonstrate considerable synergy by enhancing the therapeutic effect of each other. Although many people search for products based upon the indica, sativa or hybrid labels, one can also inspect them by cannabinoid content.
+CBD-dominant strains are usually low in THC content and are widely used by people sensitive to THC or patients seeking relief from symptoms without psychotropic effects.
+THC-dominant strains will have the classic psychotropic and euphoric effects associated with the plant along with its therapeutic potential.
+Strains containing cannabinol (CBN) are typically thought to make people sleepy.
Terpenes are flavoring compounds that are naturally produced by cannabis and give it the characteristic smell. Cannabis terpenes can also make us feel stimulated or sedated, and seem to be closely related to the effects that each strain provides. So, consider studying the strains by their content before you buy them, giving you the opportunity to tune your purchases to what suits you the most. Over time, your knowledge of the products and their components will guide you and show you the strains that suits you the most.
Common terpenes found in the cannabis plant include the following:
The primary difference between consuming flower and an edible is how you body receives THC and how long the effects last. Cannabis smoke delivers THC into your lungs where it passes directly into your bloodstream and then your brain. Edibles travel to your stomach then to your liver before getting into your bloodstream and brain. This means it will take longer to feel the effects of edibles, and the high will last longer.