Besides brand names and different forms of cannabis products, which are too numerous nowadays, another aspect that may confuse you when buying cannabis products is the cannabis strain. Cannabis products can be either from the sativa or indica strain. A third stain is the hybrid.
Knowing your purpose may be the best thing that will guide you to the right cannabis product. It also helps if you consider the form. Do you like to smoke or vape your weeds? Or do you go for edibles like cakes and gummies? You can also mix your cannabis with your beverages or go for topicals. In all these cases, you should know the strain of the cannabis product that you are buying.
Here’s what you should know about the three strains of cannabis.
Sativa Cannabis Strain
The sativa strain of cannabis is endemic to tropical regions but is now industrially cultivated in temperate areas. They grow to as tall as 12 feet, with thinner and lighter green leaves. This strain of cannabis is usually longer to mature.
Sativa is widely preferred for its ‘mind high’ effect. Users describe their experience with sativa as energizing. Besides its euphoric and anxiety-reducing effects, it is said to be good for focus and creativity.
The ‘mind high’ effects of sativa are mainly because of its high THC and low CBD content. This makes it better to consume sativa products during the day for more energy.
Indica Cannabis Strain
The indica strain is native to Northern India, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan. It is much shorter in height than the sativa and has bushy leaves. It also grows faster.
Compared to the sativa strain, indica has a higher CBD than its THC content. This makes it the preferred choice for those who are looking for natural remedies for pain and nausea because of the relaxing effects. It also improves appetite.
Because of its relaxing effects, many use indica products at night to enhance sleep and be used during the day or when symptoms are felt.
Hybrid cannabis is a mix of sativa and indica and grown in greenhouses. Their appearance may resemble the stronger strain.
The effects of hybrid cannabis vary. Some hybrids are grown to increase the level of THC, while others are meant to have more CBD. In some cases, hybrids have equal levels of THC and CBD.
So when buying cannabis products, if you do not see THC or CBD levels on their labels, you can identify which is good for you by asking the strain. if if the strain is hybrid, it helps to to know if it is CBD or THC dominant.