Have you heard about the benefits of marijuana and want to give it a try?
Perhaps you’ve used it in the past but have struggled to find the right strain that suits your needs.
With so many options available, the possibilities can seem endless and overwhelming.
When deciding on which marijuana type is best for you, it’s important to do some research, figure out the type of high you want and understand how the strain you select will affect you.
Understanding the basics of marijuana is easy, and we’ve laid out some ways to guide you toward choosing which strain and method is best for you.
This That or the Other
The first thing to know is, there are three species of marijuana; Sativa, Indica or a hybrid of both.
Think of it like choosing between chocolate, vanilla or swirl when it comes to your soft serve.
Each species has different chemicals, resulting in a different type of high. There are several strains within each species, but we’ll get to that later.
If you can narrow down which species you’d like, you’ll be better equipped to select a marijuana type from there.
The effect marijuana will have on your body is informed by which strain you decide to use. Different strains will have different effects.
Difference Between Indica and Sativa
Now you’re up to speed on the three species of marijuana. Next, you’ll need to understand the characteristics that set these marijuana types apart.
Sativa and Indica plants are grown differently and result in opposite highs from one another.
Indica has a sedative effect, making you feel relaxed and “stoned.”
Indica’s are known to calm your body and quiet your mind. If you suffer from anxiety and want to wind down, Indica is likely the right choice for you.
Indica is also known to help with pain, nausea, and sleep and can increase your appetite.
This is the strain that is often given to patients with a serious illness to help them put on weight, sleep better and ease their symptoms.
Contrastingly, Sativa is known as the “uplifting” high. Its’ effects often result in an overall feeling of well being, positive mood and increased focus and creativity.
Popular Indica Strains:
- LA Confidential
- Bubba Kush
- Northern Lights
- Grape Ape
Popular Sativa Strains:
- Green Crack
- Sour Diesel
- Blue Dream
- Lemon Haze
- Strawberry Cough
The critical thing to note is that when using Sativa, it is possible to feel psychedelic effects. This is typically not the case when using Indica.
Think of Indica as the body high and Sativa as the mind high.
Knowing which part of your body you want to feel high will help guide your decision.
The Difference Between THC and CBD
Cannabinoids are components found within the cannabis plant. The most highly studied and used is the chemical THC, which is known for its psychoactive effect on the mind.
CBD is another identified cannabinoid. However, it does not have psychoactive effects and has become a chemical the medical field has honed in on for its therapeutic potential.
When deciding whether you prefer a THC or CBD high, or a mix of both, you’ll want to note that different strains will have different ratios of each component.
Simply deciding on Sativa or Indica will not answer THC or CBD question.
The ratios of these two chemicals will vary depending on the strain you select.
This is information that can typically be found on the label or marketing of the product, allowing you select a marijuana type that is tailored to address your specific concerns and control your THC or CBD intake.
The most notable differences of THC vs. CBD and the things to keep in mind when making a selection are; how you sleep, what the high feels like, how it affects your anxiety and the level of psychoactive experience you desire.
What Are the Side Effects
Since Indica is a sedative, the aftermath of the high might leave you feeling heavy and tired. If you’re someone who suffers from depression or lethargy, Indica may exacerbate those tendencies and leave you feeling unmotivated.
Sativa has the opposite effect. It fights depression, gives you a feeling of well-being and puts you in a generally good mood. It can also give you energy and make you more alert and able to focus, allowing you to think creatively and positively.
Sativa is not known to aid in sleep, so if insomnia or lack of sleep is something you’re struggling with, Indica may be a better choice.
Choose Your Method
Now that you’ve determined which species and possibly which marijuana type is right for you, it’s time to decide on the method you’d prefer.
There are many new advancements in the marijuana world. Smoking it is no longer the only option.
This option allows you to consume the marijuana without burning your throat or stinking up your home. The chemicals vaporize at a lower temperature making this experience less harmful to your lungs.
You’ve likely heard of this one before. But this method has gone beyond your typical pot brownie. You can introduce marijuana into your food or drink more seamlessly than ever before.
Dispensaries or online vendors offer everything from tea to gummies and crackers. It’s important to keep in mind with an edible to pace yourself as the effects of the marijuana will take longer to kick in when being ingested through food or drink.
These are cannabis infused creams or balms you can message directly into your body. Often they will have a high CBD component and are great for relieving muscle aches and pain.
These are cannabis infused drops that you can apply directly under your tongue for fast and efficient relief. Because of where they are being applied, they can enter your bloodstream quickly.
Because they work so fast, you’re able to better control your dose and the level of high you wish to reach or maintain.
Marijuana Type – Get Started
Marijuana is a natural, safe way to treat a variety of ailments.
With the information laid out above you should be well on your way to deciding which marijuana type is right for you.
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