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Most dispensaries have a different variety of strains displayed and choosing from these varieties can be overwhelming. We will discuss in this article some of your questions about characteristics, different strains, which ones are worth to try.

What are strains?

Ever growing cannabis plants variety results from crossbreeding of different combinations of female and male plants. These varieties are commonly called strains. 

What is the variety of elements that makes strains unique?

  • Terpene content. These are molecules found in the cannabis plant that produces aroma and flavour. It also helps cannabinoids and other molecules produce effects in both the mind and body. The plant produces more than 200 terpenes, and each strain has different terpene concentrations and profiles. As such, strains may have different effects, aromas and flavours.
  • Cannabinoid content. The cannabis plant contains a mass of cannabinoids, certain chemical compounds that act together with the endocannabinoid system of our body to produce a variety of effects. The cannabinoid concentration or profile like CBD and THC is a key to differentiate their characteristic. 
  • Environmental variables. Environmental variables through the cultivation process, like the soil nutrients, can affect both the cannabinoid and terpene profile. Same cannabis cultivated in different environments could have different strains.

The deal with hybrids, sativas and indicas

Most people think that hybrids, sativas and indicas are used to label certain effects of strain. Sativas has an uplifting, cerebral high effect, indicas has more relaxed, and mellow effect and hybrids produce the combination effect.

The truth is, a strain’s classification as hybrid, sativa or indica pertains to the structure of the plant and physical characteristics, which can be very helpful indicators for growers, but not much for the consumers.

Criteria to consider in choosing what strain to try

  • Flavour and aroma. A terpene profile can produce intense aromas and flavours. You can choose a strain depending on the intensity that is most appealing to you. 
  • Desired effects. Reaction to cannabis differs from one person to another. You can, however, try a variety containing a terpene and cannabinoid profile that is likely to offer your desired effect. 
  • Potency. Depending on the cannabinoids concentration, particularly THC, several strains are more potent than the other varieties and considering the potency level can help you choose the right strain for you.
  • Potential medical benefits. The strain offers some variety of possible medicinal benefits. Taking strain for medical condition treatment must be consulted to a medical professional. 
  • Growing method. Some consumers have a certain preference on whether the weeds are fully grown indoors or outdoors. 
  • Budget. Strains prices range from wallet-friendly to high-end expensive varieties. Having a particular budget can help you decide what strain that fits you well. 

Lab testing importance

Any cannabis bought from a legal dispensary went through thorough lab testing to determine the terpene and cannabinoid profile of each strain. Lab testing also ensures that the plant doesn’t have harmful levels of fungicides, pesticides, or other chemicals, that may result in health issues. 

Choosing the right strains for you

When picking cannabis strains, a one-size-fits-all approach does not apply. But now that you can easily determine and evaluate the characteristics of every strain, you can explore what is available on the market and choose the most suited strains for you.

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