What are the Different Types of Marijuana?

If you are a first-timer when it comes to purchasing or even using cannabis you have to know what types of marijuana you should be using. Yes, you read that right, there are different kinds, not just one. Once you enter a store you will immediately notice that the strains are divided into three groups. These are the indica, sativa, and hybrid. The majority of consumers only use two types which are indica and sativa; this is because they already know and can predict the effects of this strain.

Types of Marijuana

Indica Strains

This strain is well known to have a physical sedating effect, which means it can help you sleep better. This is best paired with a nice pillow and a good movie that will give you the best relaxation.

Sativa Strains

These are the strains that wake you up, it gives an invigorating feeling to the mind and body. This is widely chosen by creatives who need that extra kick and creativity throughout the whole day. This can be used if you are going to attend concerts, parties, and social events, this will give enough confidence to boost you need.

Hybrid Strains

This strain is something in the middle of the two, this provides a balance between the effects of both strains. But this is an unpredictable strain depending on the reaction of the strain to a user.

Typically these are the strains that provide specific effects that are welcomed and adored by the cannabis community. Normally the budtenders or the seller starts by asking what strain do you most prefer to use and consume. But this is highly your choice.

However, if you look closely at the composition of indicas and sativas which contains terpenes and cannabinoids, you will see that there is no clear pattern to show and tell why the other provides sedating effects and the other for uplifting. But the only difference it shows is the physical appearance of it. The physical difference typically only matters to the growers themselves.

For you to better understand and attain the best effect of the strains, you must learn what ingredient or compound is found in every type of strain. 

The Difference When it Comes to the Effects of Indica and Sativa

The terms or groupings divided between indica, sativa, and hybrid are effective. This system is also convenient for newbies to tell the difference and makes it easier for them to choose the correct and suitable strain that will do the job.

A good way to start understanding the effects of the different strains is knowing about terpenes and cannabinoids. These are the terms that you need to remember by heart.

Before we begin diving into terminologies and definitions, two cannabis researchers named Ethan Russo and Jeffrey Raber stated that the labeling of indica and sativa in the industry is nonsense. The physical difference between the two strains such as being tall, short, bushy, narrow, or broad does not affect the clinical effects of these strains.

Dr. Raber argued that the terms sativa and indica being used as a tool to suggest different strains to consumers has no realistic or any scientific basis must stop. What must be discussed to the consumers is the composition of cannabis and what effects these compositions result into based on the method it was administered, the different effects based on the dosage as well as the effects it gives to a type of person.

This truly means that not every sativa will give you the energizing effect and not all indicas will provide the sedating effects. This goes to show that not every type or grouping is created equal. But it is noticeable that indicas provide relaxation and sativas provide uplifting effects, however, these do not have any chemical data to prove that there is a certain pattern of why these effects occur in these strains.

Hybrid Strain: What is it?

They are called hybrid because it is a fusion or a combination between the indica and sativa cannabis plants. Over time, crossbreeding is evident to create newer strains. However, these experiments were done secretly since marijuana was illegal back then. Finding a pure sativa and indica strain is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The truth is, the indica and sativa strains we know now are the descendants of the hybrids from before.

List of Famous Hybrid Strains

  • Blue Dream
  • Gelato
  • Wedding Cake
  • GSC
  • OG Kush

What are Cannabinoids?

The cannabis plant is a wonderful plant species that contains tons of chemical compounds that provide a unique combination of effects, these effects are spearheaded by cannabinoids and terpenes. The compound cannabinoids have two common kinds which are THC and CBD which are the most commonly known. These are responsible for the therapeutic and recreational feelings that users experience.

  • THC allows the user to feel hungry and experience euphoric high and provides relief from body pain and nausea or dizziness.
  • CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical that does not cause any euphoric high. This provides relief from depression, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, many other ailments.

What are Terpenes?

Have you ever experienced going to a spa just to appreciate the ambiance especially the pleasant smell of essential oils and aromatherapy? That’s what terpenes are. Terpenes are a composition of aromatic substances that are naturally produced by plants and fruits. They are commonly present in flowers like lavender, also it can be found in oranges, hops pepper, and especially in cannabis. 

These compounds are excreted from the glands of the cannabis plants that are abundant with THC and CBD. The terpenes are the compounds that give the cannabis plant smell of berries, citrus, pine, etc.

Summary

These are the things to consider and the things that you must know to answer your question regarding the types of marijuana. Not only that, but you have already known the effects and the chemicals that are involved in it.

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