With so many different types of weed out there, it can be difficult for inexperienced users to figure out what strains are best to smoke. In fact, even longtime users are often unsure about which strains are best suited for specific purposes.
Most experienced weed users are aware of the distinctive qualities of sativa and indica varieties, but not everyone is knowledgeable about the specific effects of different strains.
For medical marijuana users, it is especially important to be aware of the effects of specific types of weed. Although you can use almost any type of marijuana without adverse effects, identifying the strains best suited to dealing with a specific health concern will enable you to optimize the benefit received from medical cannabis treatment.
Recreational users can also benefit from understanding different strains and their effects. Some are more suitable for specific times of the day or in certain settings, and some will have noticeably different effects on your mood. Similarly, some strains are better suited than others for inducing sleep, improving appetite, and so on. Knowledge of the effects of the different strains will make it easier for you to shop for the right bud, depending on your particular needs and preferences.
Different types of weed can be grouped into these four categories.
Cannabis plants from this family have a relatively high level of CDB, which moderates the effects THC has on your body and mind. These strains are known to produce a powerful body high, making them ideal for medical use for pain relief, muscle relaxation, sleep induction and anxiety relief. Additionally, indica weed strains stimulate the user’s appetite.
Some of the most popular indica strains include Afghan Kush and Northern Lights, and these will really mellow you out. We wouldn’t recommend smoking these types of weed during the day, when you have mentally-taxing things you need to do. Instead, they’re more ideally suited to putting your feet up, sticking on a movie, and sinking into a deep blaze.
The high received through ingesting sativa strains is much different to that of indica strains. When you take a hit from one of these, you’ll experience much more of a head high. These strains, the most popular of which include Amnesia Haze, Sour Diesel and Jack Herer, can induce uplifting feelings of motivation, focus, inspiration and creativity. If you want to retain mental clarity after taking a hit, sativas are the type of weed for you.
Due to their low levels of THC and CBD, ruderalis strains have historically not been as popular as indica and sativa strains. However, as MMJ use continues to grow, these strains are finding their purpose. There is not a great deal to say about ruderalis strains in terms of the effects they create. However, these plants are typically auto-flowering strains, which limits the amount of time and attention required to grow them, making them a preferred option for some growers.
Hybrid strains, as the name suggests, are a blend of more than one of the above strains. These mixed strains have become very popular during recent years, and can have very interesting effects. Some growers will opt to cultivate a strain which is part ruderalis and part indica. In this way, the plant will inherit the auto-flowering characteristics of the ruderalis, while deriving more potent qualities from the indica.
The most common form on mixed breed, however, is the indica/sativa blend. By mixing these strains, users can enjoy the deep body high of an indica strain, while the sativa DNA helps to retain mental clarity. If you are interested in trying out this type of weed, we highly recommend White Widow and Sour Diesel.