What is the Strain of Weed That You Need?
Cannabis is a complex plant with a variety of different strains. Each of these different strains have different characteristics and effects, including different levels of THC and CBD. Different strains also have different growing climates and can be used for different medicinal and recreational uses.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of weed and the basic characteristics of each strain:
Definition of Weed Strain
Weed strain is the label given to a marijuana plant variety, or phenotype, that has been grown and cultivated to either have specific effects on the user, usually in relation to effect and flavor; or for purposes of breeding with other strains of marijuana plants. The term “strain” can be used to refer to a single plant within an entire crop, but it more typically applies to a lineage that has been selectively bred by growers over many generations.
A strain can be made up of a blend of genetics from different cannabis species. For example, some strains may include a blend between indica and sativa genetics – usually referred to as hybrid varieties – which enable it to provide the best of both effects. Others may include ruderalis genetic content that gives it autoflowering characteristics.
Weed strains will typically possess unique aroma profiles as well as distinct visual patterns and characteristics. It is important when buying weed that you understand what effects each strain of weed will bring if you're looking for something specific. Many companies will list these on their websites so it is easy for consumers purchase the right product for them.
Types of Weed Strains
With the continuous development of cannabis cultivation, a wide range of weed strains have emerged. Strains can vary from one to the next in terms of flavor, aroma, and effects. There are also many different types of strains such as Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid.
This section will go into depth about the different types of weed strains and explain their characteristics:
Sativa strains of cannabis are known for providing stimulating energy and calming relief. They are thought to be beneficial for creativity, productivity and a cheerful outlook. Sativas generally produce uplifting effects and have higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Most sativa-dominant hybrids provide an energizing, cerebral impact that pairs well with physical activities, social gatherings, and creative projects. Common effects include increased focus, awareness, productivity and creativity. Sedating effects are less common but can still occur depending on the variety.
Examples of popular sativa strains include:
- Sour Diesel
- Jack Herer
- Green Crack
- Super Silver Haze
You may also find high-THC varieties such as ACDC or Tahoe Alien in this category.
Indica strains provide a more calming and relaxing effect. Due to their sedative properties, they are commonly used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain. Physically speaking, Indica strains provide a more inward-focused experience. Common characteristics of Indica include physical relaxation, appetite stimulation, and feeling of sleepiness.
Popular Indica Strains:
- Afghan Kush
- Northern lights
- Grandaddy Purple
- God’s Gift
- Skywalker OG
- Bubble Gum Kush
- Kosher Kush
Hybrid marijuana strains are bred from a combination of two or more cannabis species. Generally, they’re a cross between Sativa and Indica varieties, although they can be created by crossing multiple strains of the same species. Hybrid marijuana tends to possess characteristics of both parents and provide a responsible balance between the two effects.
Hybrids can be further grouped according to their genetic background:
- Sativa Hybrid: Sativa-dominant hybrds tend to produce increased energy and creativity along with intense physical relaxation when used in moderation.
- Indica Hybrid: Indica-dominant hybrids bring on an intensely calming effect while providing some energy and a clear headspace.
- 50/50 Hybrid: 50/50 hybrids give users equal parts of both Sativa and Indica effects with slightly energizing qualities that promote mental clarity and relaxation for overall balance.
Depending on which parent strain is dominant, Hybrids can also alter the medicinal benefits you experience, so it's important to read into each strain before selecting it for therapeutic use. Popular hybrid strains include Sour Diesel, White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, Pineapple Express and Granddaddy Purple.
Effects of Weed Strains
Marijuana comes in a wide variety of strains, each with its own unique properties. Different cannabis strains have various amounts of THC, CBD, and other compounds that can produce different effects in the user.
In this section, we’ll discuss the effects of different weed strains and the unique benefits they can bring:
Weed strains can produce different physical effects that vary in intensity depending on how strong the strain is, how much of it is consumed, and how often it is consumed. The physical effects of cannabis are usually felt within minutes after initial consumption and can last anywhere from two to six hours.
Some common physical effects reported include:
- Pain relief
- Improved coordination
- Heightened senses
- A feeling of being energized or euphoric
- Dry mouth and eyes
- Altered perception of time and space
- Increased heart rate
- Slowed reaction time
- Decreased muscle control
Cannabis can also result in side effects such as dizziness or disorientation. Additionally, using high-THC cannabis strains more than once a week can lead to the development of dependence or addiction over time. When using high-THC cannabis strains more frequently than once a week for an extended period of time, individuals may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia when not using the strain.
The effects of marijuana, or cannabis, vary greatly depending on the strain used. Different strains can produce different physical and mental effects and can affect levels of the key components found in cannabis such as CBD and THC. While many associate marijuana with hazy thinking and forgetfulness, there is evidence of both short-term and long-term positive mental effects in users; this means that users should be mindful of their chosen strain when actively exploring the potential benefits of marijuana use.
Short-Term Mental Effects:
- Short-term consumption of marijuana has been demonstrated to produce relaxation, focus, happiness and a general feeling of well-being.
- THC is shown to reduce stress and improve mood for recreational users as well as patients using cannabis for medicinal purposes.
- Several studies have reported that certain types of high-THC strains improve energy levels compared to those who don’t use marijuana.
Long-Term Mental Effects:
- Although medical research on long-term effects is limited due to its legal status in many places, there are several studies suggesting cannabis has neuroprotective qualities which may protect or slow cognitive decline or neurological damage from other medical conditions such as Huntington’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS).
- As for recreational users, current studies demonstrate long term use does not lead to mental health issues including depression or psychosis however any discussions around dosages should be taken with caution except under the guidance off a qualified healthcare professional.
Popular Weed Strains
When it comes to weed, there are a huge selection of different strains, each with their own unique taste, aroma, and effects. Some of these strains are popular and sought after for their potency, flavor, and effects. In this article, we will discuss the most popular weed strains that are available, their different properties, and the effects they can have.
Sour Diesel, or Sour D, is an energizing and popular cannabis strain that has been around the marijuana community since the early 90s. It gets its name from the diesel-like smell it produces when smoked. The taste is also very similar, with notes of citrus and spice.
An 80/20 sativa-dominant hybrid, Sour Diesel is often used to treat fatigue, depression and lacks of appetite due to its potent mix of energizing and uplifting effects. Users often report a heady high that felt up in their heads first before taking hold in their bodies. Its boundless energy is great for those who suffer from being tired throughout the day.
Sour Diesel has a moderate THC level ranging from 12%-18%, with higher amounts present in some cases. Its smoke tends to be smooth yet can still cause some irritation depending on how much you inhale at once. It will also have some pungent aromas that linger around after smoking it; something to watch out for if discretion is an issue of concern!
Blue Dream is a popular, Sativa-dominant hybrid cross between the intoxicating Blueberry Indica and the uplifting Haze Sativa. It is probably one of the most widely grown and consumed cannabis strains in North America, with an estimated 25 percent market share according to some reports. Blue Dream’s moderate THC levels (17-24%) make it great for both beginners and seasoned users alike, who won't find themselves overwhelmed by its effects.
Patients have reported that Blue Dream can help to relieve stress, depression and pain due to its uplifting mix of euphoria and relaxation. Others have stressed the strain’s capabilities for reducing anxiety, PTSD and ADD/ADHD symptoms. Medical marijuana patients also enjoy consuming Blue Dream to counteract the nausea caused by chemotherapy, glaucoma symptoms, headaches, appetite loss and migraines.
In terms of flavor and aroma profiles, users note that this strain has a delectable sweet blueberry taste with subtle undertones of pine on exhale. The pleasurable effects are not limited to just flavor – it leaves a pleasant aftertaste allowing users to savor every puff all day long without feeling overwhelmed or anxious!
Granddaddy Purple, or GDP, is a popular indica strain of cannabis known for its deep purple coloration and calming effects. This strain was created by breeder Ken Estes in 2003 and is now widely recognized as a classic across the cannabis industry. GDP combines Purple Urkel, a beloved hybrid strain developed in the 1990s, with Big Bud – two impressive strains in their own right. The mix of these two varieties produces thick buds that are packed with potency and flavor.
The most distinguishing feature of Granddaddy Purple is its color; dense purple hues appear during the flowering cycle – earning it the nickname “Grape Ape” among many users. In addition to its striking physical traits, GDP also has very distinct aroma notes. Smokers can usually expect a combination of both earthy and sweet grapes that are complemented by an energizing pine signature tailored to bring out the best taste from this beloved strain.
Physically speaking, Granddaddy Purple falls firmly on the Indica spectrum – making it ideal for medical users looking for relief from pain or insomnia-related issues. Upon inhaling this famous bud, consumers may be greeted by immediate effects such as an increase in physical relaxation paired with a happy mental state which soon fades into feelings of sleepiness – resulting in users finding themselves drifting off into dreamland quite quickly after consumption of this medicinal powerhouse.
When attempting to decide on a strain of weed, it is important to consider the desired effects and to research various strains. Many people find that talking with knowledgeable individuals or professionals in the cannabis industry can be beneficial before settling on a particular strain. Additionally, consuming different strains in small amounts can help a person figure out which type works best for them, as individual tolerance and preferences can vary.
As technology continues to advance, so too does the methods used to grow cannabis and the amount of information available about cannabis types and effects. With this additional accessibility, it is easier than ever to make an informed decision when choosing a strain of weed.