Enthusiasts continue to search for their favorite strain. But with time and experience, they will usually find the one that is right for them.
Except, not everyone has the time or money to experiment.
With our article, we will point you in the right direction to find the strain that best fits your needs.
We will be covering:
- What is a cannabis strain?
- The common strains
- Additional factors to consider when picking a strain
Let’s dive in.
What Is A Cannabis Strain?
When someone’s new to cannabis, sometimes they have no idea that there are different strains.
What are cannabis strains?
Think of strains like apples.
You can choose between Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, etc. And although they are all apples, they all look and taste different.
Since cannabis has been grown worldwide, there are different characteristics amongst the plants. This could be due to the different environments that the plant had to get acclimated to.
Over the years, strains continuously cross-bred between different male and female plants to create other profiles.
Cannabis strains will vary amongst:
- Cannabinoid content
- Terpene content
- Flavor and aroma
And each strain is different from the next, with some enjoying one over the other.
The Common Strains
The most common strains are divided into indica, sativa, and hybrid.
Indica: Indica originates from India. It is believed that this profile offers relaxing and calming effects and is recommended for nighttime use, though effects may vary.
Sativa: Sativa originates from Eastern Asia. This strain has been known to bring energetic and uplifting effects, but these are subjective reports. It’s often recommended for daytime use.
Hybrid: Hybrid is a cross between indica and sativa strains. This profile can produce effects of both sativa and indica—but the results will depend on which strain dominates in the genetic profile.
It’s important to start with the strain that fits into what you’re looking to experience, but the results vary.
Additional Factors to Consider When Picking A Strain
Although each strain has different effects, there is another thing to consider—flavor and aroma.
Today, you can find cannabis that is bursting with citrus or grape flavor. But if you’d prefer the classic taste of pine with peppery undertones, then you would go with that.
However, the flavor of cannabis is in the hands of terpenes. Different levels of terpenes will determine the taste and scent. With trial, you will find which flavor is best for your pallet.
Lastly, another thing to consider is the cannabinoid content. Some strains have low THC levels with CBD, while others have the opposite.
Depending on the experience you’re hoping to have will determine whether or not you want a flower with a high concentration of THC, or not.
Remember, the effects that come with each strain will vary. Every individual body has its own unique chemical composition, which affects the profile results. Overall, if you’re new to cannabis, it’s best to start with the type that fits what you’re looking for. From there, you can decide whether or not it was a good fit for you.