Back to the Basics: Cannabis 101

Back to the Basics: Cannabis 101

We help explain the crucial concepts to understanding your high 

Back to the Basics: Cannabis 101

We help explain the crucial concepts to understanding your high 

Back to the Basics: Cannabis 101

We help explain the crucial concepts to understanding your high 

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Even cannabis connoisseurs get confused by the evolving language surrounding today’s marijuana industry. Every day there is another strain, a new hybrid, and novel cannabinoid popping up. If you don’t have a solid grasp of the basic concepts, like indica, sativa, hybrids and the major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, you are quickly going to get left behind.

These concepts are crucial to understanding just what kind of high you’re going to get. Different strains of weed are going to trigger a wide variety of reactions, all depending on these fundamental qualities. So before getting high, get educated.

What is a Sativa?

One of the three distinct kinds of weed, sativas grow tall, lanky, and generally take longer to flower. When you smoke a quality sativa like Mango Haze, you’ll feel uplifted, euphoric, and slightly stimulated.

Despite the lazy-stoner stereotype, a sativa high is much more likely to encourage you to clean the house or get creative than to laze around all day. Because of its uplifting high, sativa strains generally, make good stress relievers. Depending on the specific strain, people often report sativas benefit mild depression and reducing fatigue.

What is an Indica?

Indicas look dramatically different than their sativa sisters. Indica plants are shorter, bushier, with broader leaves. When smoked, indicas also trigger a much more sedative high.

A good way to remember the difference between sativas and indicas is to associate In-di-ca with “In da couch.” After smoking a powerful indica strain like Bubba Pink, you’re probably not going anywhere. Typically indicas are useful for chronic pain relief, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

Some hybrids grow taller, some bushier, some may provide a euphoric high while also a relaxing one.

Some hybrids grow taller, some bushier, some may provide a euphoric high while also a relaxing one.

Some hybrids grow taller, some bushier, some may provide a euphoric high while also a relaxing one.


… and a Hybrid?

Hybrid strains of weed are precisely what you think they are, unique combinations of sativa and indica strains. Because hybrids aren’t always a 50/50 split between sativa and indica it’s hard to make any general assumptions about their distinctive qualities.

Some hybrids grow taller, some bushier, some may provide a euphoric high while also a relaxing one. Hybrids are an excellent option for those looking for a combination of qualities between the two primary types of weed.

Thin Mints is an excellent example of just how nuanced a hybrid strain can get. It comes from Durban Kush Sativa and OG Kush hybrid lineage. Smokers report that while its generally quite relaxing, it also stimulates creativity.

What do THC and CBD Have to do With it?

Every strain of cannabis is made up of a unique combination of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. There are now thought to be upwards of 150 cannabinoids, each thought to have some medicinal benefit.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most popular and scientifically understood cannabinoid. It’s also the only one that’s going to get you high; all other compounds have no psychoactivity.

The second most popular cannabinoid today is CBD, cannabidiol. Its generally considered to be a moderator of the high triggered by THC. The more CBD in your strain, the less intense your experience is going to be.

Understanding these basic concepts gives you the power to find weed that works for you, and craft a personal experience each and every high. Whether you want an uplifting high, a creative one, or one that’s going to treat your chronic pain, you know now what to look for.

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