If you are familiar with cannabis culture or have ever been to a dispensary, you are likely familiar with the two main types of flower that are marketed — indicas and sativas. These two types of flower have opposite effects and can also be blended together in “hybrid” strains that have a mix of effects.
The different strains of cannabis flower are known to cause many unique effects, and finding the right one of your preferences really comes down to experimentation and personal tastes.
Sativa vs Indica
The classic choice between sativas and indicas comes down to what type of experience you are looking for.
Sativas are typically classified as strains that are able to provide a more uplifting, creative, thought-provoking experience.
Sativas are great for social events, creative outlets, or as a fun addition to an evening walk. Indicas, on the other hand, are more geared towards pain relief, sleep aids, and a more “chill” effect that calms mind and body alike.
When you speak to a budtender, it is likely that they will offer you a variety of choices ranging from “pure” indicas to hybrid strains that boast a blend of both worlds.
While it may seem pretty black and white as far as what you will be getting out of either class of bud, there is actually much more to the story!
While there are only two classes of flower, the effects contained within each of these is anything but simple. There are over 300 Sativa strains alone that all have their own unique types of effects.
So how is this the case? The answer lies in the compounds that are responsible for the different effects that sativas and indicas cause.
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
THC and CBD are the most well-known cannabinoids. There are also hundreds of other lesser-known cannabinoids present in cannabis, and currently, more than 65 cannabinoids have been classified.
Altogether, there are over 480 natural components within the cannabis plant that are responsible for the unique effects of each strain found in your local dispensary.
Terpenes, or terpenoids, are aroma compounds produced in the flower and leaves of the cannabis plant.
These compounds define the flavor and fragrance of the plant and can alter the high experience from cannabis.
Various researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes, which form the basis of aromatherapy.
Around 200 cannabis terpenes have been identified, but only a few appear in amounts substantial enough to be detected by human perception.
The different combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids make for a virtually unending variety of effects and flavor profiles and are the reason why there are just so many different strains to choose from.
Research tells us that the cannabis plant produces between 80 and 100 different types of cannabinoids. Different types of cannabinoids are present in different cannabis strains and are responsible for producing the varying benefits of different strains of cannabis.
The unique interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes is actually referred to as the “entourage effect” because the only reason they have such a profound effect in humans is because of the interaction they have together.
Find Your Perfect Strain For Different Cannabis Flower Effects
Everyone has their favorite strain, and the only way to know for sure is to talk about it with your budtender and experiment for yourself to see what you like!
There are a ton of different and unique effects depending on the strain you choose, so have fun and talk to your local budtenders at Pure Oasis to find your new favorite strain!
Contact Pure Oasis, Boston’s original recreational cannabis dispensary. Their team takes pride in having a staff who are experts when it comes to cannabis and who always provide the highest level of customer service.
Their shop has an extensive inventory of high-quality products that will satisfy the needs of even the most dedicated connoisseur.