For so many years, and in some places, up until the present, Marijuana has been wrongly judged and depicted as a dangerous drug that alters your state of mind, causing criminal tendencies and weird, unethical behaviors. But with the number of states that have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, it’s clear that all the negative notoriety that Marijuana has are nothing but stereotypes.
Marijuana strains, or how to choose the best of them, can be likened to ice cream. You go to an Ice Kream Shop, and you’ll be overwhelmed by the different varieties of flavors of ice cream. Same ice cream goodness, different tastes. As for Marijuana strains, it’s the same plant but different varieties.
Here is a step by step guide on how to choose the best strain for you:
1. Evaluate your tolerance
The best way to measure your tolerance to the Marijuana strain is to try it at least once. Have a puff (one puff of a 10% THC product) if you’re smoking or vaping, and then wait for fifteen minutes to check how you will react to a specific amount of THC. If one puff didn’t have any effect, try two puffs on your next attempt.
2. Specify the effects you want
Keep in mind that different people use cannabis for different reasons. Some may be using them to treat their seizures, others to get a good night’s sleep, while some use them for pain relief. The key to finding the right chemovar suited for you is to define the effects you want to get from it so that you can look and test for related chemovars.
3. Find the relevant chemovars
Thanks to many years of prohibition, most scientific data, and literature about cannabinoids are preliminary, limited, or both. Make the most of the information available by learning about the ones that will provide the desired effect that you want, and go from there.
For instance, if you’re looking for a chemovar that can energize you, look into the available scientific literature. Chemovars, which are high in limonene and terpinolene, give you energy and stamina to help you last through the day.
4. Factor in your preferred flavors and aroma
Cannabis is rich in aroma and flavor. The more common flavors include pinene (woody), limonene (citrusy), myrcene (herbal), terpinolene (floral), caryophyllene (spicy), humulene (earthy), linalool (floral), and ocimene (floral). Politely ask the budtender if you can smell the cannabis. If it smells good, chances are it will likewise be good once you consume it.
5. Do trial and error
When you’re done choosing the ideal cannabis and its most appealing terpenes, the last step is to look for strains with similar profiles. Let’s say you have a high tolerance for THC and are looking to relieve your pain, then the ideal strain for you is type II that is high in limonene during the daytime, while a type II high in linalool BCP or humulene for nighttime.
Types of Strains to Choose From
Several people have already had their fair share of experience in using marijuana strains, and here are some of the popular opinions. Choose the one which you think fits you.
Coming all the way from Acapulco, Mexico, Acapulco Gold is a type of cannabis that is highly popular and largely patronized. According to its users, it induces a euphoric state that energizes them. It has also reportedly addressed issues of nausea, stress, exhaustion, and pain,
Purple Kush is known for providing a blissful effect to its users. This induces a feeling of relaxation, happiness, and drowsiness. Sometimes, it is also used to treat insomnia, pain, and muscle spasticity.
Blue Dream is yet another marijuana strain that is often used to soothe its users. This can be used for cramps and inflammation when it causes insomnia. It is also said to lighten a person’s mood.
Grandaddy Purple is also one of the most top-rated soothing strains out there. It is used to beat insomnia and stress. It can also induce bliss and appetite.
Bubba Kush helps users who have trouble sleeping and relaxing. It is known to beat insomnia and provide relief from pain and stress.
Adding to the list of relaxing and insomnia-fighting strains, LA Confidential helps its users find peace in slumberland. It can also reduce inflammation and pain, which is why it is largely patronized by individuals who suffer from chronic pain.
Derived from the mountains of Hindu Kush close to the border of Afghanistan-Pakistan, this strain helps people relax and battle insomnia. It is also a good booster of one’s appetite and reliever of one’s pain.
The Golden Goat is known for inducing bliss and creativity in its users. It can also lessen symptoms of fatigue and irritability, as it positively affects your mood.
Maui Wowie provides an energy boost to its users that help them attain relaxation and creativity. For those who are looking for a quick fix for productivity, this strain helps with fatigue too.
Another strain that lightens the mood and provides an energy boost and relaxer all at once is the White Widow. The White Widow also relieves pain and stress, as well as alleviates symptoms of sadness.
Besides being a mood lightener, Northern Lights also help its users relax and find peaceful sleep. It also helps with chronic pain patients and depressed patients.
Fruity Pebbles, as its name suggests, helps its users feel bubbly and sweet. It induces bliss and recreational moods in people, thus relieving them of stress. It also helps alleviate feelings of nausea and loss of appetite.
Popularized in the media through pop culture, Pineapple Express is a pineapple-smelling strain. It helps its users find relaxation and lightened moods. It can also provide a kick of energy for productivity.
Super Silver Haze
Adding to the list of euphoria-inducing strains is the Super Silver Haze. It can also provide an energy boost along with pain relief. Stress is also alleviated as well as symptoms of nausea.
The legal marijuana industry is still very young, but the growth ceiling is very promising. In the future, technology may be able to differentiate strains and their designated therapeutic effects. For now, let’s make do with the bit of scientific literature we have, ask around, and make a lot of trial and error.