It is a grave misunderstanding that all the weed out there is the same and their only purpose is to get ‘high’. There are many different kinds or strains of weed. The active ingredients in weed namely THC and CBD are widely different in different strains. This causes the effects to be experienced differently as well. Cannabis is, thus, used for different effects and this article is used to shed light on this matter and help you pick the right weed for you.
The first question you have to ask yourself is why do you want to smoke weed? Is it because you are having a hard time getting to sleep? Is it because you have heard it makes someone more creative and alert? Or is it because of its pain-relieving effects? Answering this fundamental question can narrow down the search to a type of weed most suitable for you.
- For Sleep
If your primary goal is to get to sleep then choose indica dominant hybrids. These are known for soporific or sleep-inducing effects. This strain is used to treat insomnia and sleep apnea. Another factor contributing to the drowsiness is the amount of cannabinoid, cannabinol (CBN) present in the weed. This compound is known to promote sleep and is caused by cannabis degeneration. Any strain can be left in the sun for a while and this causes THCa (turns to THC under direct heat) to turn to CBNa (turns to CBN under direct heat).
Popular strains of indica include Bubba Kush, BC God Bud, White Rhino, and Granddaddy Purple.
- For Energy
If it’s the alertness and creativity that you are after then choose Sativa strains. These strains are known for high levels of THC or the active psychoactive component in cannabis. These are great for parties as they breed conversation. They are great as a ‘pick me up’ when compared to other strains. But it is to be noted that high doses of Sativa strains especially ones with over 18 percent of THC might cause anxiety or paranoia in some individuals.
Popular strains of Sativa include Sour Diesel, Casey Jones, Golden Goat, and Lemon Skunk.
- For Reducing Pain
This is the strain of choice for people who are not in it for the euphoria associated with cannabis commonly referred to as the ‘high’. These are primarily formed using a cannabinoid called CBD which reduces inflammation and pain without the high. Though it is suggested to use a product that contains all the cannabinoids for better synergic effect, products containing only CBD in the form of oil, pills or patches are available.
Popular strain for pain relief: White Widow, Northern Lights, and Godberry.
Apart from these major functions, cannabis is also known for its effectiveness in reducing depression and improving quality of life. But it is to be noted, again, that cannabis has different effects on different individuals. Not all strains of cannabis have the same effect, so people trying the wrong strain or a higher than capable dose has increased anxiety temporarily. Therefore do your research before any substance you are going to try, including cannabis.