A Beginner’s Guide To Marijuana Strains

October 4, 2021

Cannabis continues to rise in popularity with more and more states voting to legalize cannabis.

This boom is happening in part because cannabis can be a versatile form of medication. With that being said, many novice smokers are curious to learn more about this medicinal plant and the different types of strains that cannabis comes in.

What Are Marijuana Strains?

As any recreational or medical marijuana user can tell you, not all cannabis is created equal. Different strains of cannabis produce different effects, and thus can be used for different reasons. The traditional effects of marijuana — increased appetite, feelings of euphoria, sleepiness, etc. are all unique to certain strains of marijuana. Each of these unique types of strains are bred by the growers and cultivated to have certain effects.

The two main types of strains of marijuana include:


Sativas are the strain of the day smokers and creative individuals. Sativa strains are known for their euphoric highs as well as their creativity-inducing effects. These effects are known to be great for fueling conversations, playing an instrument, and spending a day out at the park. Sativas are known to be great for relieving stress and depression while also helping to improve creativity and give a fresh perspective on things. They can also be quite energizing, in some cases.

Some of the most popular Sativa strains include:

Blue Dream

Blue Dream has a special place in most smoker’s hearts. It is relaxing and soothing, but it isn’t a total sedative. This makes it perfect for easing pain, cramps, or inflammation and also can help you ease yourself into a good night’s sleep. Plus, it’s said to lift your mood and give you feelings of euphoria. Additionally, it is a very popular strain for musicians and creative individuals.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is an energizing and mood-boosting strain. It is great for giving you a burst of productive energy and also has notable de-stressing and pain-relieving effects. Sour D is known to be very cerebral, dreamy, and fast-acting. Go with Sour Diesel if you are looking for a fun strain with friends or if you are looking for a fresh perspective on a creative project.

Super Silver Haze

Another energizing strain, Super Silver Haze is said to produce feelings of euphoria, relieve pain and nausea, and lift your mood. This makes it excellent for stress relief as well as a boost of fun and relaxing energy. This strain is a favorite for days spent outdoors or conversing with friends.


Indicas are strains that have a more stress-relieving and relaxing effect than that of Sativas. These strains are more body-focused and can produce feelings of euphoria that course through your muscles and deep into your tissues. This is why Indicas have been used for patients who suffer from chronic pain and even for cancer patients who have struggled to find relief with typical pain-relieving pills.
Some of the most prominent Indica strains include:

Purple Kush

If the strain has the word “kush” in it, it is most likely an Indica-leaning strain. Purple Kush is great for inducing a state of bliss so that you feel relaxed, happy, and sleepy. It’s often used for reducing pain and muscle spasms. Its sedating effects mean it can be used to reduce insomnia.

Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is another highly relaxing strain. It’s often praised for its insomnia-fighting and stress-reducing effects. Users also note that it can make you feel euphoria and increase hunger, which is great if you’re experiencing a lack of appetite or struggling to fall asleep at night.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is another relaxing, sleep-inducing strain. It’s also known for its mood-lifting effects, and it can be used to relieve insomnia, pain, stress, and depression. This strain is an example of an Indica-leaning hybrid strain, which has mostly Indica characteristics with some Sativa features as well.

Hybrid Strains

Hybrid strains can give you a middle ground between Indicas and Sativas. These strains can vary greatly and are fun to experiment with if you aren’t quite sure what type of strain you want to get. Some popular hybrid strains include:

Girl Scout Cookies

GSC, also known as “Girl Scout Cookies,” is an Indica-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing OG Kush with Durban Poison. This popular strain is known for producing euphoric effects followed by waves of full-body relaxation. One hit of GSC will leave you feeling happy, hungry, and stress-free.


Gelato, also known as “Larry Bird” and “Gelato #42” is an evenly-balanced hybrid marijuana strain. This strain produces a euphoric high accompanied by strong feelings of relaxation, giving users a very potent cannabis experience.

The strain you choose depends on what effect you desire. As mentioned earlier, cannabis has a range of medical uses, but some strains are better for certain conditions than others. Whether you are looking for some helpful medicinal products or are simply looking for a new strain to try out, make sure you try all of the strains on this list!

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