Category: Cannabis Strains Written by Isabella Brooks
Cannabis is a broad category of psychoactive substances. If you look into cannabis and cannabis-based products, you should know that is not true. Cannabis comes in various strains, and these strains differ from one another not only in composition but also in the effects they produce.
As someone who wants to dabble in cannabis-based products or connect with the Marijuana Affiliate Program, it is crucial that you know what the different types of strains are, the differences between them, and the way they impact the body. If you are concerned about where you will get all that information, do not worry. We’ve got everything you need to know about the different cannabis strains and how you can choose the right one for you right here.
THE CANNABIS PLANT
The cannabis plant - more commonly known as marijuana and weed - is a herbal plant known for its medicinal benefits and recreational effects. It can either be used in its purest form or be processed for some specific chemical compounds found in it.
THE DIFFERENT STRAINS OF CANNABIS
The cannabis plant comes in various strains based on the environmental conditions in which it grows. The three prominent and defining strains of cannabis are:
Cannabis INDICA: Cannabis Indica is native to continental Asia. The plants of this strain of cannabis are short and dense with flowers that are dark in color, owing to the cold temperatures. The plants' short height and dense packing allow them to thrive in the cold.
Cannabis sativa: Cannabis Sativa is native to southeast Asia. The plants of this strain of cannabis are tall and skinny with flowers that are lighter and brighter in color, owing to the warm temperature as they grow closer to the equator. The
Hybrid: The hybrid strain of cannabis is artificially created by combining Cannabis Indica and Sativa. One hybrid strain can differ significantly from the other based on the manufacturer's priorities for that particular hybrid variety. The appearance of the hybrid strain also varies from one type to another based on the parent plants and whether Cannabis Sativa or Indica comes in use in more significant quantities.
Now that you are aware of the strains' physical differences let’s look at how they differ in their impact on the mind and body.
CANNABIS INDICA AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BODY
Cannabis Indica, the strain of cannabis that comes from continental Asia, is best known for allowing the body to enter a state of relaxation. Here are some of its most advantageous and sought-after effects:
- Stress Relief
Cannabis Indica is known for its ability to help relieve stress; it does so by lowering the rate of activity in the brain and allowing it to wind down. It reacts with the endocannabinoid system to impact those nerves or signals responsible for the stress response.
- Improvement of Mental Health Condition
Not only does Cannabis Indica help relieve anxiety, but it also acts as an aid for the improvement of overall mental health conditions. It has been proven to be helpful in the treatment of people with conditions like depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and insomnia. By inducing a calm state, Cannabis Indica can help improve mental health over time.
- Pain Relief
Research suggests that Cannabis Indica helps relieve pain and inflammation because of its interaction with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. It blocks off signals of pain from reaching the brain and re-directs resources towards areas of inflammation so they can heal faster.
- A state of euphoria or high
The state of high is the most sought-after effect for which people use Cannabis Indica. Lowering inhibitions and urging the body to relax allows the mind and body to enter a state of “high” or euphoria. This state is characterized by a mellow mindset and a relaxed or weightless state of being - a state without worries or stresses.
CANNABIS SATIVA AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BODY
Cannabis Sativa, the strain of cannabis that comes primarily from southeast Asia, is best known for its ability to increase productivity. Here are some of its most sought-after and advantageous effects:
Cannabis Indica awakens the mind, increasing the rate of activity in the brain and urging it further into action. It brings you out of any state of relaxation you may be in to help you prepare for the day and focus on the tasks at hand.
- Increased Energy Levels
Cannabis Sativa combines with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system to improve energy levels. It prevents you from getting tired and allows you to stay active for long periods.
- Improved Overall Mood
Cannabis Sativa is known to have an uplifting effect on the mood; it can make you feel better and more mellow if you are feeling low or detached by causing a boost of serotonin - a neurotransmitter associated with the emotion of happiness.
HYBRID STRAINS OF CANNABIS AND THEIR EFFECTS
As mentioned earlier, all hybrid strains of cannabis may be unique based on their purpose. There is no one way to say what effects one type of hybrid strain will have on the mind and body, but there are some common effects. Some advantageous effects of the hybrid strains of cannabis are:
- Relief from anxiety
- Relief from pain and inflammation
- Improvement of mental health conditions and overall mood
The benefits largely depend on which strain is more concentrated in the hybrid. Now that we’ve discussed the different strains of cannabis and their effects let’s look at how you can decide which one is suited to you.
SETTLING ON A STRAIN
To decide on the strain of cannabis that you should try or the one that is more suitable for you, consider what effects you are after.
It will depend on what you get out of your experience. If you are looking to increase productivity and want to have more energy throughout the day, then Cannabis Sativa is the right fit. If you have trouble winding down at the end of the day and need help relaxing, then Cannabis Indica will do the trick. If you need something to calm down but won’t induce sleep or something that will help with boosting your mood but not energy levels, you can try hybrid strains of cannabis.
If you walk into a store and ask for cannabis for the first time, you will get overwhelmed. There are way too many types of cannabis strains and products that the choice is hard to make. Before walking into a store, take the time to look into the different cannabis strains and decide why you want cannabis in the first place. Knowing what you wish beforehand will make the process easier and ensure that you get what you want.
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