Indica – The Relaxing Strain
Broadly speaking, indica strains are believed to be physically relaxing. As a result, many people opt for them when they want to sit and relax or before they go to sleep. India plants are the stout, broad-leaf variety and examples of common indica strains are Purple Punch, Granddaddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Northern Lights and LA Confidential.
Sativa – The Invigorating Strain
Many people believe that smoking sativa cannabis plants provides an invigorating, uplifting cerebral effect that goes well with psychical activity, social gatherings and creative projects. They are tall, narrow-leaf cannabis plants and common strains include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Green Crack, Durban Poison, and Strawberry Cough.
Hybrid – The Best of Both Worlds
As you may have guessed, hybrid plants provide a balance of indica and sativa effects. The balance will depend on the traits that the plants inherited from their parent strains. There is a long history of crossbreeding cannabis strains and now it is actually very rare to find pure indica or sativa plants, nearly all cannabis that you buy will be a hybrid but it may lean heavily in one direction, so effectively be wholly indica or sativa. However, common hybrid strains, that provide a balance of both include Blue Dream, Gelato, Wedding Cake, GSC, and OG Kush.
What Else You Need to Know
Looking at a plant’s strain is a good way to get a general idea of the effect it may have. However, there is more that you can look at in order to give yourself a better idea. The first thing to look at is the cannabinoids content. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in the cannabis plant and many of them are cannabinoids. However, the main two are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC is what is known to make people ‘high’. It makes you hungry and may help with symptoms such as pain and nausea. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound and it has been shown to help with anxiety, pain, inflammation, and other medical ailments.
A THC dominant strain will provide a potent and euphoric experience. They are also used to help with pain, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Examples of THC dominant strains are Do-Si-Dos, Death Star, Mimosa, Wedding Cake and Original Glue.
A CBD dominant strain contains very little THC and is preferred by those who wish to keep a clear head. They include Charlotte’s Web, Harle-Tsu, Remedy, Sour Tsunami and ACDC.
There are also balanced strains, which contain similar levels of THC and CBD. These are a good choice for those looking to get high, but who have never done so before. Common strains include Cannatonic, Pennywise, Sweet and Sour Widow, Harlequin and Canna-Tsu.
The final thing to consider is terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in nearly all plants. They are what makes cannabis smell like berries, fruit, or anything else. It is not known how terpenes affect the effects of cannabis, but there is evidence that they make a difference.
There is still a lot of research being carried out into different cannabis strains and the different effects they have. While there is not yet a definitive answer, you can certainly spend some time trying different strains to find the right ones for you.