Many first-time cannabis users come into our dispensary without any idea of how to choose the right cannabis strain. They know they want a product for healing or something to give them a bit of energy or help with relaxation. But, they become overwhelmed by all the different cannabis strains.
This guide will answer some questions that you may have about choosing the right cannabis flower. It will dive into the properties of some of the popular cannabis strains and give you some tips on which flowers might be worth trying.
First of all, let’s talk about cannabis strains and what they are.
What are Cannabis Strains?
When we talk about different kinds of cannabis strains, we’re really having a conversation about the variety of cannabis flowers.
There are a few elements that determine a cannabis flower’s unique strain profile:
Cannabinoid content - Cannabis has various cannabinoids that interact with our endocannabinoid system to give us the different effects we experience with the plant. These chemical compounds, like THC and CBD, are present in different concentrations in different strains of cannabis.
Terpene content - Cannabis also has varying terpene profiles, and these molecules (or combinations of molecules) affect the plant’s flavor and aroma. Terpenes affect the way the mind reacts to cannabis as well, to different degrees.
The environment - Environmental factors like soil nutrients affect the cannabinoid and terpene profile of cannabis. So, the same plants grown in different locations and soil could end up as different strains.
Should You Choose Indica, Sativa, or a Hybrid?
Choosing the right cannabis flower means you should know a bit about Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids.
Contrary to what many believe, Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids are not cannabis strains. They are not so much about the effects of cannabis either, although there is a conversation to be had about Sativa having uplifting properties and Indica being the go-to for those who need to relax.
In truth, whether a strain is Indica, Sativa, or a Hybrid is a more important fact for growers. Consumers don’t need to worry too much about this classification, but which strains provide the right ratio of THC to CBD.
Which Cannabis Flower Should You Try?
Ready to decide which cannabis flower to try? Here are some criteria to consider:
Desired effects - Look for cannabis strains that will likely produce your desired effect; for example, choose something with high THC content if you want to experience a high.
Flavor and aroma - Different flowers have different terpene profiles, so pay attention to which strains have a taste and smell that you prefer.
Budget - Like other products, you can buy cannabis at various price points. If you have a budget in mind for your flower, this will dictate which strains you end up with.
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