Cannabis plants can be cultivated to contain different levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These two compounds act together to produce the effects of cannabis, although THC is the primary psychoactive component. Different cultivars of cannabis have different ratios of THC to CBD and this influences the overall effects of the strain.
In addition to different ratios of THC and CBD, cannabis strains are also categorized according to by the type of cannabinoid-dominant plant they come from. There are three main classifications of cannabis according to plant type: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. Let’s take a look at each one.
Indica strains are more relaxing and usually associated with more bodily sensations (“body stone”). These strains are often recommended for nighttime use and are very often used for pain management and as a sleep aid.
Sativa strains usually come with a cerebral feeling. Traditionally, Sativa strains are more uplifting and euphoric and are recommended for daytime use.
Hybrid strains occur when expert breeders select the best Sativa and Indica strains and crossbreed them. Hybrids are frequently bred with other hybrids and can be Sativa or Indica dominant. So, depending on the dominant strain, they will have similar effects to their dominant strain.
When choosing the right strain for you, it’s important to know the characteristics of each type. Experienced cannabis users often choose different types of cannabis to produce different effects.
You may find that a Sativa dominant hybrid gives you just the right combination of effects, or perhaps an Indica strain is best for you. Those new to cannabis or those just looking for relief should also consider the recommended use and effects of each strain in order to make the best choice of cannabis.
Joints, blunts, and bowls are just some of the many ways to enjoy cannabis. Finding your favorite strain or type of cannabis is part of the journey, so enjoy the process and find out which type is right for you.
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