So, you’re brand new to weed, you hear people talking about indicas, sativas, and/or different percentages in hybrids, and you have no idea what they are talking about. The internet can add to the confusion as well, some people define them by mood or physical effects and some say the strain type doesn’t matter at all! So what’s the truth? Should you put a lot of emphasis on the type of weed you are getting, or just pick the strain with the coolest name? With so many different kinds of cannabis, it can be difficult to know where to start. This is a guide to the top strain types to help you learn about the nuances of each type and find the one that’s perfect for you.
Starting off with indica, what does it mean? Well, Indica strains come from the Cannabis indica plant. They are often thought to give a “body high” (basically the physical effects of being high like feeling as though you are floating or a mild tingling sensation are more apparent than any mood effects), and are often considered relaxing, bedtime strains.
Sativas, on the other hand, are seen as the opposite to indicas. Hailing from the Cannabis sativa plant this strain type is considered a “mind high” and are often seen as energizing, daytime strains.
Hybrids are exactly as they sound. They are created by breeding sativa and indica plants and are thought to combine the effects. You may also hear about sativa or indica dominant hybrids. This happens when a hybrid plant is bred with a sativa or indica, and they often lean closer to that specific type in their effects.
So is it that easy? Get sativa to wake up, get indicas for sleep? Well, not quite. Although there are certainly patterns that can be attributed to either type and their effects, each strain is a little different, and each person is a little different, meaning that there is still a lot of variation within each type. You can get energy from an indica, fall asleep from a sativa, and get hybrids that react more like one or the other.
So how do you pick the best?
Experimenting is the best way to go about figuring out exactly what you like. Using the strain types as a base is a good place to start, but keep your mind open to trying new things. You can also look online for specific strains to see the effects others had from that strain and choose from there. Finally, the best tip for trying new strains and finding your favourite, is talk to your budtenders! Here at Royal Leafs our budtenders are always more than happy to help you look around and pick the strain you are likely to have the best experience from!