Whether you’re a novice or experienced cannabis smoker, choosing the right strain can involve some trial and error. With the sheer number of options, where does one even begin? As cannabis connoisseurs, with more than 15 years of growing experience, we’re here to help.
We’ll cover the different types of cannabis strains, the methods of consumption, and examples of popular strains and their effects.
Types of Cannabis Strains
Within the cannabis family, there are two primary subtypes of cannabis plants called Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.
Sativa is generally tall and thin in appearance and has earthy flavors. In contrast, Indica is characterized by its short stalks and bushy, dense flower. Typically, Indica strains pack a sweet flavor.
Then there’s the cross between the two, known as hybrids. Hybrid strains tend to be Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant. All three of these strain types are used both recreationally or medicinally.
Characteristics of Sativa Strains
Sativa strains have the following qualities:
- Good for socializing
- Getting into the creative zone
- Staying physically and mentally alert
- Best for day use
Characteristics of Indica Strains
Indica strains have the following qualities:
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve pain in the body
- Diminish muscle spasms
- Best for night use
Methods of Consumption
Before choosing the right strain, it’s important to consider how you want to consume your cannabis. Smoking is the most common method, yet you can also vape, eat edibles, or take a tincture. Although the choice is usually a personal preference, it’s can be strategic too.
For instance, smoking and vaping provide instant relief, because the effects immediately reach the bloodstream. But, edibles and tinctures have to get processed by the liver and metabolized before reaching the bloodstream.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for instant effects, smoking and vaping is the way to go. For slow-release and long-lasting effects, edibles, and tinctures are a better fit.
Choosing the Right Strain
For a better understanding of the different types of cannabis strains, let’s examine some of our favorites.
Moscato is an Indica-dominant hybrid with THC levels around 17.5%. This is a mid-range strength, so it’s well-suited for intermediate or experienced cannabis users. Effects include laughter, joy, and relaxation.
Don’t be surprised if you start singing ‘Hakuna Matata’ from the Lion King. It’s definitely a stain that ‘means no worries for the rest of your days’.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This strain can easily lift your spirits, bring on endless daydreams, and help you stay in the present moment. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a 60/40 Sativa-dominant hybrid, with 15.3% THC. A strain that will help you stay functional, yet chill. It’s perfect for most cannabis experience levels. In general, Sativa’s aren’t recommended for people with anxiety.
This medicinal strain is high in CBD, the cannabinoid known for its therapeutic effects. Ratios reach as high as 20:1 CBD to THC. This stain is ideal for someone looking to improve their well-being without psychotropic side effects.
ACDC can provide relief from anxious feelings, pain, epileptic seizures, and can combat negative side effects of chemotherapy.
This was just a small taste of what medicinal and recreational cannabis can do. For further advice, we recommend picking the brain of your local budtender. They have a wealth of information and can give you customized strain recommendations.