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Choose Which Cannabis Strain To Try: 10 Facts

Choosing a cannabis strain should be based on how you feel after smoking it. The most important consideration is how you feel. Do you feel uplifted? Calm? Moody? Happy? Tired? Lazy? Etc.? Different strains affect people in different ways. Some strains make you happy and energetic, while others put you down and make you sleepy. The key is to find the strain that works for you. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to choosing a cannabis strain. Cannabis affects everyone differently. It’s like a super powerful drug (in a good way) that is custom-designed just for you. So the first step in making an intelligent choice about which strain to use is to decide how you want to be affected. In other words: How do you want to feel after smoking this amazing plant? Once you have decided on that, the next step is to learn all about the different types of cannabis plants (strains) that have been developed by man and nature over thousands of years and find the one that works best for you. 

There are several criteria to consider when choosing a strain.

1. Evaluate the effects of the strains on your mind and body:

A good way to do this is to hold an informal focus group. Invite a small, unbiased sample of your friends and associates who use cannabis to evaluate the strains with you. Tell them to focus on the physical, mental, and general “feel” of the high. You might find it helpful to have each person rank the strains in order from 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest) on a scale that includes factors like:

  • Height
  • Intensity
  • Duration
  • Recovery
  • Calmness

The most common ranking system is 1-to-10, where 1 is the lowest rating (like a “1”) and 10 is the highest (like a “10”). However, you could also use a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is no effect, and 100 is the most intense high imaginable.

Evaluate how likely each strain is to get you high. In other words, how psychoactive is the strain? If you don’t believe my claim that a true psychoactive high is the most important factor to consider when choosing a cannabis strain, ask your friends and associates to rank the strains based on how much fun they think they’re going to have to get high on them.

2. Choosing Your Cannabis Strain by its Effectiveness as a Medicine

First, you should choose a cannabis strain effective as a medicine for your particular condition. If you’re looking for a “party” or a “Euphoria” strain, you may be disappointed. These are not the kinds of strains you should focus on if you are looking for a sedative or pain-reducing effect. 

3. Choose a Strain That Is Easy to Treat

It would be best to consider choosing a strain that is easy to treat. If your cannabis-using patient needs medication, it’s a good idea to pick a strain that won’t create a physical dependence. Some patients (like cancer patients) experience unpleasant side effects when they stop using cannabis. If this is a concern for you, you should look for a cannabis strain that produces only a mild high, which is not as physically sedating as other strains. 

4. A Strain With Low Potential for Abuse 

People who use cannabis recreationally are often “stoned zoners.” It means they use a certain amount of cannabis (and then stop using it), but they never get “high” again. On the other hand, “chronic users” (people who use cannabis every day for medical or recreational reasons) often develop a tolerance to the effects of cannabis.

5. Taste and aroma:

The strain’s terpene profile can produce subtle or intense flavors and aromas. Depending on your taste, you can choose a strain that gives its taste and aroma strength to appeal to you.

6. Desirable effect:

Responses to cannabis vary from person to person, and there is no guarantee that any strain will have a particular effect. However, you can try cannabinoid and terpene profile strains that are likely to produce the desired effect. For example, if you want to experience intoxicating effects, choosing one with high THC content makes sense. If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can try strains containing linalool, a terpene known to be stress-relieving.

7. Efficacy:

Depending on the concentration of cannabinoids, especially THC, some strains are more potent than others, and the level of potency you are looking for will help you decide which strain to try—looking for a strong high price? Try something more powerful. Are you looking for such an intense experience? Use something that is not very powerful.

8. Cultivation method:

Some people prefer weeds grown indoors or outdoors. If you are one of those people, you will, of course, want to try a stock that suits your taste.

9. Possible medical benefits:

Depending on the cannabinoid ratio of the strain or the terpene profile, there may be various potential benefits. If you’re considering using cannabis to treat your condition, talk to your health care professional to find out which strains are useful.

10. Budget:

There are varieties in all price ranges, from wallet-friendly to high-end. If you have a particular budget in mind, it can certainly consider the cannabis stocks you decide to try.

Cannabis Strains and its Effects

Today, there are approximately 9,000 identified strains of cannabis. They come in an almost infinite number of shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and effects. Some strains are very tall; others are short. Moreover, some are very thick, while others are very thin. Furthermore, some are sweet, while others are sour. Some are low in THC (the psychoactive constituent in cannabis), some are high. Some are great for relaxation, and some are great for energy, some are great for pain relief, etc. There is an endless combination of characteristics to create these various cannabis strains. Today, the most common way people identify a strain of cannabis is by its effects on them. For example, some strains are great for anxiety, while others are good for pain relief.

What are the Effects?

There are two ways to experience cannabis: a psychoactive effect or an anti-psychoactive effect. A psychoactive effect is also known as a “high effect.” Some strains are better at producing a “head high,” which causes you to feel happy, relaxed, and carefree. Other strains are better at causing a body high, where your body feels heavy, sluggish, and languid. Moreover, some strains are great for stress relief, mental clarity, and creativity.

The anti-psychoactive effect is also known as a “no-high” effect. It produces a different type of feeling altogether. An anti-psychoactive effect will cause you to be alert, focused, and energized. Before performing difficult tasks like driving a car, operating machinery, or taking a test, it is a great effect.

Effects are caused by the interaction of different cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis. The “high” or euphoric effect is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Most people know THC is the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high.

Let us focus on recreational use for now. When someone smokes or consumes another form of cannabis-derived from a strain designed for recreational use, that person gets “high.” This effect is caused by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical responsible for giving cannabis it’s “high” feeling. When enough of this chemical enters the user’s bloodstream, it binds to certain receptors in the brain, altering the way the user perceives reality and interacts with his environment. It creates the “stoned” feeling that is associated with using cannabis. 

Strain Specific Effects Each strain has unique characteristics. These characteristics are referred to as “strain-specific effects.” The most obvious strain-specific effect is the high each strain produces.

What Makes Strain Effects Unique?

Its effect on a person defines a weed strain. In other words, what makes a particular strain of cannabis “unique” is how it affects the user. The characteristics that make up a unique marijuana strain are:

  • The effects the plant has on the user.
  • Whether or not the plant was bred for its medicinal attributes.
  • How the plant was cultivated.
  • How the plant was processed.
  • Whether or not the strain has had any chemo-therapeutic agents (usually used to treat cancer) added to it.
  • What part of the world does the plant come from.

Whether or not the strain has been “tripped out,” meaning some very potent cannabis was used to create it and then purposely reduced in potency so the plant would remain highly effective but not be too strong to handle.

Several elements make up a unique profile of a cannabis strain:

Cannabinoid content:

Cannabis plants contain many cannabinoids, compounds that interact with the body’s endogenous cannabinoid system to produce a variety of effects. The cannabinoid profile of the strain, or the concentration of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, is an important feature. For example, strains with high THC content and little or no CBD can be more intoxicating, while strains with a 2: 1 ratio of CBD to THC are more relaxed, less intense, and intoxicating. It is possible to generate such a high price.

Terpene content. 

Terpenes are cannabis plant molecules that help support cannabinoids and other cannabis molecules that produce flavor and aroma and have effects on both the body and mind. Cannabis plants produce over 200 terpenes, and individual strains have different terpene profiles and concentrations. Thus, strains can have different tastes, aromas, and effects.

Environmental variables:

Cultivating environmental variables, such as soil nutrients, can affect the profile of both terpenes and cannabinoids, so the same cannabis grown in different environments can be in different strains.