With a new era of legal weed officially upon us, consumers now have to be more aware of what sort of product they choose to consume. This isn’t exclusive to the actual method of smoking—where there’s plenty of options available (smoking, vaping, edibles, etc)—but also to the particular type of marijuana strains you’re smoking.
When it comes to toking up, there are plenty of things to consider when choosing a weed strain. Different types of weed do different things, so you’re going to have to best identify what, exactly you’re looking to get out of your high. So let’s take a look at the variables in play when you’re looking for the perfect marijuana strains.
What Is Your Reason For Smoking?
Step one is a relative no-brainer but smokers—both rookies and veterans alike—may sometimes not even think to do this.
Simply ask yourself, “Why am I smoking?”
Sure, smoking for recreational purposes is all well and good, but there are other factors that go into a smoke session. Are you looking to chill on your couch all day and watch movies? Do you plan on going out for a hike, and want to get a nice daytime buzz going?
Are you smoking for pain relief?
To go to sleep at a reasonable hour?
Maybe some anxiety relief?
The possibilities are almost endless, but we all have (or should) have an endgame in mind after smoking a little bit of ganja. This will help provide a precursor to determining what strain, exactly, you want to smoke at that particular moment in time.
How Do These Marijuana Strains Affect You?
Okay, you asked yourself a profound question, but now what? Well, you have to simply figure out what strain does what.
Basically, there are three different weed strain types—indica, sativa, and hybrid. Each type of strain has a different effect on its user, so choosing between the three can be integral when seeking your optimal high.
Let’s start with indica, known typically, for their couch-lock effects and relaxation-inducing qualities.
Generally speaking, indica strains have a smaller concentration of THC (or the psychoactive component of marijuana), which is helpful for those suffering from anxiety or depression. A high concentration of THC can sometimes lead to the paranoia sometimes associated with smoking pot.
Instead, indicas typically contain higher levels of CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that has become increasingly popular in the medicinal field (it’s even now legal in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Typically, indicas will contain either a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio.
Additionally, indicas contain a higher level of myrcene, a molecule that produces a musky, fruity scent. Usually, the stronger the scent, the stronger the potency of the marijuana.
Indicas can also help with a variety of ailments, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD. Some classic indica strains include Granddaddy Purple, Blue Cheese, Grape Ape, and Northern Lights, to name a few.
On the other end of the spectrum are sativas—weed strains that typically give its users an uplifting, euphoric high.
Sativa strains do not contain the same sedative effects of an indica, so they are ideal for a daytime high or wake and bake session. They also contain a higher percentage of THC, with a typical ratio of 0:1 CBD/THC.
However, while a sativa might be ideal for a mid-day high, they do have some paranoia-inducing effects. A sativa normally serves as a better medicinal strain compared to an indica, simply because the user will become stimulated.
Some ailments a sativa can help with include migraines, chronic pain, ADHD and ADD, depression, and glaucoma.
A few marquee sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Green Crack, Purple Haze, and Durban Poison, amongst others.
Now, if you’re having a difficult time deciding between a sativa or an indica strain, you can always try out the best of both worlds—a hybrid strain.
In fact, most of the strains today aren’t straight indica or sativa, they are typical of the hybrid nature.
When talking about hybrid marijuana strains, they are classified one of two ways—sativa dominant or indica dominant. They’ll, on most occasions, be around a 1:1 CBD-to-THC ratio.
Hybrids are perhaps the most popular route when choosing a strain. This is because a hybrid tends to be more potent than a pure indica or sativa. Some popular hybrid strains include Blue Dream, Chem Dawg, Silver Haze, and Tahoe OG, amongst others.
How Do You Choose the Right Marijuana Strains For You?
While there are a few things in play here, there is one final determinant in choosing the right marijuana strain for you—the smell of the plant.
Oftentimes, one can simply choose the right strain from smell alone. Essentially, the more it smells like a skunk, the more likely it is to kick your ass. The aromatherapy you’re receiving is indicative of the number of terpenes in your pot, which act as the essential oils of the plant. They’re the small crystals you normally see on high-quality buds.
So when going out and choosing your ideal strain, make sure to keep all of this information handy. If not, you could end getting the OPPOSITE effects in which you were streaking.