We know that walking into a cannabis dispensary for the first time can be overwhelming – so many different products and choices! On October 17 th, 2018 the bill was passed in Canada to authorize the recreational sale of marijuana. This made Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for all adults, just after Uruguay.
Cannabis is split up into three different types; Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. Understanding the difference between these is a first step to figuring out which is best for you.
Sativa is known to give a “head high” and some people experience an uplifting feeling. It is a more mental than physical feeling leaving you with boosted creativity and energy levels.
Indica strains are known to deliver a sense of relaxation and give you a “body high” because it affects your body more than your head. This type of cannabis can leave you with a relaxed and calm feeling. A Hybrid strain is cannabis that is a crossbreed between an Indica and a Sativa plant. There are Sativa dominant and Indica dominant hybrid strains which will leave you with more of an effect from one or the other. It is important to note that not everyone reacts the same to each strain. Trial and self-testing are your best bet when it comes to knowing how your body will react.
Cannabis comes from a cannabis plant which contain compounds called cannabinoids such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). These are responsible for the effects on the body when consumed. THC is the main psychoactive compound and is what gives the consumer the “high” feeling. Every strain of cannabis has a different percentage of THC per gram and is indicated on the packaging. Somebody who is new to cannabis consumption should begin with a strain that has a low THC to understand the effects. THC higher than 20% may be too high for new consumers.
CBD contains non-psychoactive properties and therefore does give the consumer a “high”. Within CBD products, there is a very low amount of THC which activates the compound to be successful. It is shown to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Within each cannabis plant, there are molecules called terpenes which are aromatic oils that colour cannabis varieties with distinctive flavours like citrus, berry, mint and pine. There are many factors that influence a plant’s development of terpenes, including climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day. Terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains, but more research is needed. As a new consumer, try and think about what kind of effects you are hoping to get out of the cannabis. Do you want to feel uplifted or relaxed? Balanced or focused?
These kinds of questions will help you or your Miss Jones confidant further understand what strain is right for you.
Xo, Miss Jones
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