Here is everything you should know before consuming cannabis strains.
Cannabis is more than just one plant; the crop comes in a various subspecies -- sativa, indica, and ruderalis. There’s a debate as to whether ruderalis should be counted as a cannabis subspecies of its own, or just a descendant of indica. Either way, these subspecies make way for the different strains available today.
Further, crossbreeding indica and sativa strains often result in hybrids. These combinations are a hit amongst cannabis users, as they create an even wider variety for users. Thus, this confuses the term “strain” even more, when dealing with cannabis -- it has used interchangeably with “variety,” “selection” and “cultivar” within the cannabis world. In the cannabis industry, the term “strain” also refers to the flower’s specific variety.
Indica vs Sativa vs Ruderalis
Types of cannabis subspecies
Here’s a look at the two main cannabis subspecies and hybrids of both.
Sativa cannabis strains are known for providing energetic and uplifting effects. These strains work excellent for daytime and morning use. If you have to stay energized and concentrated during your day-to-day activities, sativa strains make an excellent choice for you. In the world of cannabis strain naming, strains that include the word “Haze” are considered a breed of sativa.
Indica strains are known for providing sedative, relaxing, and euphoric effects. These effects make it a great cannabis strain for night time use. This type of cannabis strain also provides relief from health conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy, and Lupus. The effects and results are the complete opposite of sativa strains. In the world of strain naming, strains that include “Kush” in their name usually belong to the indica subspecies.
Hybrid strains deliver the combined effects of sativa as well as indica cannabis strains. The parent plant genetics determine the hybrid effects by the process known as cross-breeding. The effects or “high” of the hybrid strain type include relaxed, uplifting, happy, energetic, hungry, sleepy, and/or tired. The effects and medical applications of hybrid cannabis strains depend on the genetics of the plants used at the time of breeding.
Popular cannabis strains
Cannabis species are further broken down into even more varieties -- or strains. Here are some of the more popular cannabis strains.
- Acapulco Gold
Acapulco Gold cannabis strain originated from Acapulco, Mexico. It is one of the most popular strains of cannabis. Acapulco Gold strain is known for its euphoria-inducing, energizing effects and its effectiveness in reducing fatigue, pain, stress, and even nausea.
- Blue Dream
Blue Dream is relaxing and soothing, making this strain perfect for easing cramps, pain, or inflammation. It can also lift your mood and deliver a euphoric feeling.
- Purple Kush
Purple Kush induces a blissful state so that you feel happy, relaxed, and sleepy. This strain is often used for treating muscle spasms and reducing pain. Because of its sedating effects, Purple Kush can help reduce insomnia.
- Sour Diesel
A well-known mood-lifting strain, Sour Diesel, gives consumers productive energy. It also has well-known relaxing and pain-relieving effects.
- Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush is notable for its relaxing and sleep-inducing effects. It is highly useful if you are seeking help to fight insomnia and get some sound sleep. Bubba Kush also provides pain-reducing, stress-relieving effects on consumers.
- Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple is another well-known mind and body relaxing cannabis strain. It is famous for its insomnia-fighting and stress-reducing effects. Consumers also report that Granddaddy Purple can make you feel euphoria and increase your appetite.
Final words -- Choosing a cannabis strain
However, recent research shows that all variations of cannabis strains contain relatively the same amount of THC and CBD. They are all the same and have similar effects. The type of strain you choose depends on the effects you want. Cannabis consists of a range of medical uses, but some strains work better for certain medical conditions than others.
Experts also recommend that you should research the potential adverse effects of any strain you might be considering before you use it. The most common cannabis strains come with side effects such as dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, and some other possible side effects. Cannabis can also interact with the medications you might be taking. Make sure you do not operate any machinery when consuming cannabis.