As everyday becomes more of a deep drive into weed in my life, I realize that there are many things going on when it comes to the plant. Who knew that such a simple little flower would come with so many complex elements? Oftentimes, such elements found within the plant are responsible for your high; but what I didn’t realize was just how many different strains there are! A quick google search and you’ll find that there are over 700 kinds. But what are they actually, what are the most popular and what can they do? These are the questions I seek to answer.
So how did 700 types of strains happen? Easiest answer is by crossbreeding.
There are three main strains, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, both sourced from the Cannabeacea family of plants (Caporuscio, Pharm.D.) and hybrid, which is exactly what you think it is. Kush is a phrase that you hear a lot when talking about cannabis, it refers to Indica or a hybrid form of it.
By using the two main strains, Indica and Sativa cultivators, have been able to create some-many hybrid strains. They get to pick and choose what they want or need in their plants and bada-bing bada-boom, they’ve created a new strain.
Indica is known for its ability to create more relaxing experiences and is often used to help cure insomnia and relieve chronic pain. Meanwhile Sativa is more of an upper and is known for energizing its users. The Sativa strain is mainly used to help with depression and promotes creativity.
Due to so many options, curating a top 3 list is incredibly difficult. Everyone has their own preferences and needs, creating much discourse on which are the best. Although almost each strain has their own unique names. For starters there’s Girl Scouts Cookie strains, which are more Indica and THC based. There’s also Purple Haze, which is incredibly popular. It’s more Sativa based, but has traces of Indica and layers of trichomes. Purple Haze is used mainly to help treat mental illness and migraines. There’s also Kush Mints and Blue Dream, both becoming well-known for their rejuvenating abilities.
Throughout my journey of researching more into the various strains, I felt a little like Dwight during his drug investigation in that one episode of the Office. But there was a lot learned.
As a consumer, you are given many options to choose from and have a lot you must consider. Shopping by strain may be the best place to start. Think about what you’re looking for in your smoke, from there pay attention to the strains and their terpene levels, and you’re set!
Source: Medical News Today