When you’re new to smoking weed, how do you figure what best suits your body (Indica vs Sativa)? We’ll take you back to basics with this simple breakdown of the difference between Indica and Sativa.

Indica vs Sativa

Indica vs Sativa

The easiest way to walk through your strains at a dispensary is to choose between Sativa, Indica or Hybrids. Sativa is typically better for social settings, creating an energetic and creative high. Whereas Indica gives you that body buzz making it perfect for a nightcap. A hybrid is a balance between the two.

Here is a phrase to help you remember the difference between indica and sativa:

indica will put you in da couch.

Another essential layer of information to understanding the effects of cannabis is knowing what Cannabinoids and Terpenes are.

Cannabinoids

cannabinoids

The cannabis plant is composed of hundreds of chemical compounds that create a unique harmony of effects, which is primarily led by cannabinoids. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD (the two most common) are the main drivers of cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational effects.

  • THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) makes us feel hungry and high, and relieves symptoms like pain, nausea, and more.
  • CBD (cannabidiol) has a non-intoxicating compound known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments.

Terpenes

terpenes

 Terpenes has aromatic compounds commonly produced by plants and fruit. They can be found in lavender flowers, oranges, hops, pepper, and of course, cannabis. Secreted by the same glands that ooze THC and CBD, terpenes are what make cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, fuel, etc. When selecting a strain, you can use your sense of smell as a way to gage your preference!

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