INDICA vs SATIVA vs HYBRID
Hybrid strains are exactly what it sounds like, a cross between a Sativa and an Indica strain. These plants usually look like something in between an Indica and Sativa, naturally having characteristics of both. Although many people associate the effects of getting high as being “sativa-like” or “indica-like”, all modern cannabis strains are technically Hybrids and therefore, it isn’t 100% accurate to describe the effects as such. Everyone is affected differently, meaning for some, an Indica-dominant strain may actually uplift rather than sedate and visa versa.
The previously stated generel effects are a great place to start if you are new to the plant and looking to acheive a desired feeling or mood-state. We do also recommend keeping track of these effects in a personal journal as cannabis does effect everyone differently based on their own biological makeup.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. The most notable cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most notable cannabinoid of the plant. At least 100 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis have been identified, all exhibiting varied effects.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THC & CBD
THC is the compound in Marijuana that is known to get you high. CBD is a compound that is non-psychoactive, meaning that CBD alone will not get you high. However, once paired with THC, it is said that the medicinal benefits of CBD are heightened due to what is known as “The Entourage Effect.” The Entourage Effect suggests that all cannibinoids work more efficiently as a team, enhancing the effects they give you.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are molecules produced naturally by all plants and herbs, including cannabis. These terpenes are responsible for the unique tastes and aromas a plant has and can add to the distinct effects produced when consumed. Terpenes can be identified by their citrus, skunky, spicy, diesel like, woody, pine like, or tropical aromas and flavors. Think the uplifting or sedative effects of essential oils.
FLOWER vs CONCENTRATES
Cannabis extracts (concentrates) are highly-concentrated, ultra-potent cannabinoid isolates. Extracts are made from flower that is compressed at extremely high pressures, and the cannabinoids within are isolated from the plant. The terms extract and concentrate are umbrella terms that house many different forms of extract. Oil, shatter, wax, rosin, hash, and even tinctures are all common cannabis concentrates. These different terms generally determine the texture of the extract and the method of consumption.
Cannabis extracts have been growing in popularity amongst cannabis consumers for some time. Although extracts and flower produce similar effects, several key differences set them apart. Extracts are much more potent than flower.
First and foremost, concentrates are much more potent than flower in terms of THC percentage. Flower generally contains between 10-25% THC but concentrates typically fall around the 50-80% mark. If you are inexperienced in the world of cannabis concentrates, keep this in mind. We do not recommend concentrates for people who are just starting out or who have very little experience.
YOUR BIOLOGY & YOUR TOLERANCE
Your tolerance to cannabis, the amount you consume, consumption method, and strain will all determine how marijuana effects you. Some general rules of thumb to help guide you along when choosing the right strain or product are:
Start low and go slow. Always wait for the full effects before consuming more.
If you want the desired effects to last a shorter amount of time, consider using methods of inhalation. If you want the effects to last a longer amount of time consider using an edible.
Try a strain high in CBD if you are susceptible to anxiety or other side effects.
Many strains today climb towards a ceiling of 20-25% THC but those with less than 15% THC tend to provide a less overwhelming experience. Lab testing cannabis is the only way cannabis potency can actually be verified, so make sure you know where your cannabis came from. Also note that the potency can vary between strains and even between individual harvests of the same strains.
What works for you may not be the best option for someone else. Again, cannabis effects everone differently. These recommendations are however a great starting point for those looking for a more balanced & mellow experience. Make sure to always check the testing information specific to the item you are interested in purchasing. And another rule of thumb: If the product exceeds a potency of 20% THC, it is most likely going to be too potent for your use. Starting off low and slow will ensure you keep the good times rollin’.
METHODS OF CONSUMPTION
FIND WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU
Most people are introduced to cannabis by means of smoking it, as this method has typically been the most accessible. One advantage of smoking cannabis is that it offers an easy way to dose control, that is, it is easy to take a small amount and the acute effects usually subside within 20-30 minutes, but can last up to 2-3 Hours. One drawback is the harsh throat hit/burning sensation felt after your first puff. This may be a deterent for some people.
Vaporizing cannabis might be the most ideal method of consumption for someone who is new to the plant. It is typically much easier on the throat and lungs than smoking it and dosing remains easy. One advantage of vaporizing cannabis is that the flower’s flavors are much better preserved. Its effects are typically felt instantaneuosly. Vaporizing is also much more discreet than smoking as you don’t have that smoke smell that lingers after doing it.
Edibles include products such as cookies, brownies, candies, and beverages that contain cannabis. It may take roughly one to four hours to feel the effects of an edible after consuming it, and those effects may last longer than expected. How they impact you depends on your metabolism, the amount you eat, and medications or alcohol used at the same time. The amount of THC in edibles also can differ product to product — for example, one cookie or brownie may contain multiple servings, so be sure to check the packaging for dosage information before consuming.
Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re generally non-intoxicating, topicals are often chosen by customers who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods.