Shopping at a dispensary can be overwhelming with hundreds of amazing products on the market today. These goodies range from edibles to prerolls, potions, gummies, and even accessories. When purchasing flower, you’ll notice strains are broken up into three categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is, we’re here to help.
There are several differences between strains ranging from plant height, stature, the length between stalks, leaf size, leaf structure, bud size, bud density, flowering time, odor, and the most commonly discussed, effects.
Indica plants tend to be on the bushier side with large, short bulky leaves that grow broadly. Their leafy widespread stems even produce more buds per plant. It’s also been noted that indica plants tend to grow quicker than sativa plants. While indica strains are known primarily for their alleviating properties, they’re great for sleep and anxiety too.
In contrast, sativa plants are taller with longer stems and thinner leaves. They also take longer to mature during the flowering stage compared to indica. Sativa strains are often associated with an energizing and productive high while a hybrid strain offers the best of both worlds. Pop either strain into your Invincibowl for the smoothest high!
Often times it’s forgotten that the compounds that determine the effects of cannabis strains are largely based on terpenes and cannabinoids. There are dozens of different terpenes and even more cannabinoids!
Terpenes are the essential oils that give cannabis strains their distinctive scent and unique flavor. Some of these terpenes include myrcene, limonene, pinene, b-caryophyllene, linalool, etc. To understand their effects on you, start by keeping a journal to track results. This will help you narrow down your preferences!
So how do terpenes differ from cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. Most commonly known are THC and CBD but, there are over a hundred! They are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers and provide relief for a vast array of symptoms. These compounds mimic naturally occurring compounds in our bodies and facilitate communication between cells. There’s a lot more science that goes into it, but basically, cannabis is magic.
Remember to ask your budtender about the best option for you the next time you’re shopping around!