Hybrid strains of cannabis are perfect for those looking for a new marijuana experience. They can take you on a complex ride, carefully crafted to do more than just get you high or mellow your mood. They offer experiences that are unique balances of stimulation and soothing calmness.
Seasoned and casual cannabis users can tell you how unique each strain can be – strains have their own characteristics and charms, and can vary significantly in nuances. These nuances involve the strain’s aroma, stimulation abilities, CBD and THC levels, and different user experiences.
Ready to find your perfect hybrid? Keep reading! We’ve got information to help you decide which one is right for you.
Cannabis Basics – The More You Know
To find the flower that’s optimized to your preferred taste and experience level, you should know some basics about cannabis plants. That way, as you experiment with different hybrids, you’ll have a clear understanding of what works for you, what doesn’t, and why. Ultimately, you’ll be better able to craft a satisfying cannabis experience.
Indica vs. Sativa
There are two main breeds, or categories, of marijuana plants: Indica and Sativa. Within the two breeds exist many different strains, each with its own reputation and character. But generally speaking, marijuana is either from an Indica plant or a Sativa plant.
Indica is native to the Hindu Kush mountains and, therefore, is well-adapted to growing in harsh conditions. Indica strains tend to be fast-growing, have low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, and high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). Indica is commonly relied upon for its ability to relax the body, reduce nausea, and increase appetite.
The Sativa breed of cannabis is grown in hot, dry climates and grows slower than Indica. Sativa has higher levels of THC, with lower levels of CBD than its sister breed. Sativa is known for its mind energizing properties, ability to lower anxiety levels, and to assist in mental focus and creativity.
Indica + Sativa
Hybrid cannabis is cultivated to blend the Indica and Sativa breeds together. Indica dominant hybrids are most likely to assume the characteristics of Indica’s relaxed nature. Sativa dominant hybrids lead users towards Sativa’s more energetic personality.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are the cause of the cannabis plant’s unique and heady aromas. A strain’s terpene content style also plays a part in how it will behave in the body. A lot can be learned about a hybrid’s energy profile by its characteristic terpene profile.
Terpenes that encourage a soothing and relaxing experience are:
- Myrcene – Has an earthy, herbal aroma that’s deep, almost woody.
- Humulene – A derivative of hops. Humulene can impart a beer-like aroma to a hybrid or an herbal flavour.
- Ocimene – Rich and fruity, but not too sweet, ocimene imparts a deep mango smell.
- Linalool – A component within many botanicals, linalool has an earthy, mildly flora scent.
- Terpinolene – Exotic and perfume-like fragrances that resemble spices like cumin and nutmeg with sweet undertones of apples or lilacs.
- Limonene – Fresh and citrusy. Limonene smells similar to a tart lemon rind or grapefruit.
- Peppermint – Minty, peppery, and refreshing
- Eucalyptol – A refreshing scent. Eucalyptol imparts an odor similar to that of eucalyptus leaves or tea tree oil.
Find Your Craft Cannabis
Now that you have an understanding of how hybrid cannabis strains differ from each other, are you ready to find a hybrid cannabis strain that meets your expectations? For something that provides a specific energy level or a full-body relaxation? Maybe you want to craft an experience that’s somewhere in between? Then it’s time to start shopping.
Start your journey of finding the perfect hybrid strain with experimenting. Try new hybrids and keep track of what you’ve tried. Take note of what properties you like, and what doesn’t work for you.
When you’re ready to get going, visit our online store. At VanCity ReLeaf, we have a fantastic selection of cannabis hybrids, making us BC’s finest dispensary for craft cannabis.