Choosing the best cannabis strains is a tough decision. There are so many different types of marijuana strains on the market, and all offer something unique to your experience. It is important to understand how cannabis works and how it affects you. Cannabis can be used medicinally as well as recreationally and offers a variety of health benefits if used the right way.
CBD is typically recommended for people who are looking to use it medically because it has a calming effect without interfering with their cognition or motor skills. If you are thinking of testing cannabis and experience the amazing effects, it is important to start with cannabis strains that you can handle.
Before we talk about choosing the best cannabis strains, let’s start first with the things you need to know about cannabis strains.
Why Cannabis Strains are Unique?
Cannabis strains are unique because they have their own set of properties that make them different from other strains. For example, some cannabis strains might be higher in CBD and lower in THC or vice versa.
Cannabis also has a wide range of flavors such as spicy, sweet, earthy, citrus-like, and many more. So, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when shopping at your dispensary.
Every cannabis strain is developed for certain needs. For example, the OG Kush strain is best for pain relief, whereas the Blue Dream strain is best for relaxation.
Don’t stress about which cannabis product to choose just yet. After we go over a few basics of cannabis consumption methods, learn how different strains can affect you based on your needs, choosing will be easier.
What You Need to Know About Cannabis Strains
There are a number of factors that influence the genetics of marijuana. Some strains are proprietary and their genetics have been protected by those involved in the plant’s creation.
The genetics of a cannabis strain can be determined by examining different traits, such as color or aroma, which would cause certain features to appear more often than others. Most marijuana strains contain specific chemicals like Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that affect the body differently when consumed.
The names for marijuana strains can be inconsistent and have primarily been developed to add marketing appeal, though some value can be garnered from them. Some of the most popular are White Widow (strongest), OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and Bubba Kush.
Common Effects of Different Marijuana Strains
Despite this inconsistency, you will find a few common trends among some of the most popular strains.
White Widow is typically considered one of the strongest but its taste may vary between users. OG Kush provides an uplifting and energetic experience for the user. Northern Lights on the other hand provides a more mellow feeling that may be best suited to creative activities while Bubba Kush is strong with heavy body effects.
Each strain can have different effects on an individual because cannabis affects people differently based upon their physiology, level of tolerance, ingestion method, mood, or mindset.
Before trying any strain, it is important to educate yourself about its effects. Cannabis contains over 100 different chemical compounds, but THC is by far the most common and potent compound found in cannabis plants.
In general terms, strains with higher levels of THC will produce a more cerebral high that may be best suited to artistic or social activities while those with higher levels of CBD will make you feel more relaxed and focused.
CBD and THC Consumption Methods
In the modern world, there are many ways to consume cannabis. The most common way is smoking it in a joint or bong, but you can also eat it as an edible, vape it, take CBD oil orally, and even get a massage with this therapeutic ingredient.
Smoking joints like hemp pre-rolls (see here to learn more) have long been the traditional way of consuming marijuana for recreational purposes because the fast-acting effects allow people to feel high quickly.
However, edibles can be much stronger than smoking due to how THC is processed by the liver when eaten versus inhaled. Edibles usually contain more THC per serving size than smoked cannabis does.
Massage therapy with CBD pain relief cream is another new concept gaining popularity as more research emerges on how this plant compound helps relieve muscle soreness. Massages are often given with topical lotions containing cannabis extracts which help relax muscles and reduce inflammation.
Another method that is gaining popularity is incorporating CBD oil into your drinks. You can add it to your morning coffee for extra energy or evening tea to help reduce stress, anxiety and feel relaxed.
Consuming cannabis has its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to know what your needs are in order to choose the best product for you as there can be vast differences between CBD extracts versus THC-dominant products.
One of the easiest ways to learn about cannabis strains is by visiting local dispensaries in your area. Most dispensaries offer free consultations and tours so you can understand how they work, what strains they have available for purchase, and whether or not this type of consumption is right for you.
You want to make sure you buy from a reputable dispensary or store. Do some research on strains available in your area or ask around first before deciding on where to go and what to get.