If you’re an avid consumer of any form of cannabis, you’ve likely familiarized yourself with the distinct medicinal and psychological effects of each different type of plant. Veteran ganja-connoisseurs usually have a preference for specific strains and their respective properties after this ‘acquired taste’ is fully developed, be it an uplifting, cerebral high or a mellow, stoned feeling. If you’re still getting acquainted with the world of cannabis or just looking for some new things to try, this article will help you find the strains that best suit you.
We can differentiate between four main categories of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, Hybrid, and Ruderalis.
Cannabis Ruderalis has little to no THC content and is commonly referred to as hemp or ‘wild hemp.’ Recreational users likely have no interest in consuming this type of cannabis in any form, so you can safely skip to the next one.
Cannabis Indica is a short, thick and bushy type of plant known for its relaxing effect which reduces anxiety, pain and muscle spasms. Due to their relatively small size, Indica plants are suitable for indoor growing. The typical physiological and psychological feature associated with this strain is the ‘body high’: tranquil numbness and ease of mind. However, a side-effect known as ‘couch-lock’ can set in after using too much, or if the user isn’t familiar with the potency of the plant they are smoking – this means an excessively numb and sleepy feeling which makes even the simplest tasks seem difficult – such as standing up from your seat, hence the name. You can check some rolling paper to roll a joint and smoke some Indica. Some well-known and highly potent strains of the Indica family include Northern Lights, Hindu Kush and Granddaddy Purple.
Cannabis Sativa isn’t as dense, but needs more space as they grow much higher – sometimes up to 25 feet (!) although typically no more than 12 feet, which is still twice as high as the typical Indica plant – and has much thinner leaves as well as more sparse branches and buds. The characteristic effect of Sativa plants is a ‘cerebral high’ which means an energetic and uplifted mood, often accompanied by euphoria, increased ability to focus and enthusiasm towards one’s surroundings. Medicinal effects include the alleviation of depression, ADHD and fatigue. Most recreational users prefer to use Sativa strains during the day because of the increased creativity and more ‘social’ high. Noteworthy examples include Jack Herer, Sour Diesel and Super Silver Haze.
Hybrid strains are simply mixtures of Indica and Sativa plants which combine the best aspects of each respective strain. There is a huge variety of hybrid cannabis strains, so it is easy to pick the ones tailored for your taste. For example, AK-47 is a Sativa-dominant strain, while Critical Mass is Indica-dominant and White Widow is a balanced hybrid.
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There are hundreds of different strains of cannabis and new hybrids are created every year. If you prefer to use pot during the evening to help you mellow out or fall sleep easier after a hard day, Indica is the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an energizing, electric vibe, try some Sativa strains or experiment with hybrids. Given this huge array of different strains, everyone can find the one which perfectly suits their pot-smoking needs.