Cannabis: Indica, Sativa, Hybrid & CBD
There are so many strains of recreational and medical marijuana, and a lot of them have different effects that can help you in everyday life. It wasn’t until years after I’d first started smoking that I found out that indica, sativa, hybrids, and CBD were a thing.
I’m back again to give you a rundown on each one and what they can do for you.
First, I’d like to start with my favorite: indica. Having a rough, anxiety-filled day? Feeling nauseous and can’t eat? Indica to the rescue! An indica strain, or as I like to call it In-Da-Couch, will help you relax and has a sedative effect, but not to the point where you’re zonked out.
Indica strains help with anxiety, promote muscle relaxation, increase appetite, decrease acute pain, and increase your mental health relaxation. I use indicas to help me eat, sleep, and manage my anxiety.
I have stomach issues and indica strains calm my stomach and help me want to eat instead of trying to eat. I also have pretty bad insomnia–those late nights when I’m up until 3 am and I have to work the next morning at 6 am are never fun–so indicas help me feel tired and stay asleep. Anxiety is also an issue for me, as I’m sure it is for a lot of you. A nice indica dab or bowl of flower is perfect for helping you chill on those days when you can’t catch your breath, and your heart is trying to run out of your chest.
My top two favorite indica strains are Bubba Kush and Skywalker OG. Both are very heavy indicas, perfect for a chill night in.
Second up are sativas. Sativas are what you want to smoke when you have a lot to get done, but you still want to smoke all day long. Sativa strains increase focus and creativity, increase serotonin, help with productivity, and can even treat some chronic pain. Sativa strains are sometimes used for anxiety, but I think some sativas make my anxiety worse. Make sure you try out and test different sativa strains and to figure out what your body likes–everyone is different.
Sativa strains create a very uplifting and cerebral high. If you’re having a rough day and life has you down, try smoking a bit of a sativa strain; it should bring you back a bit on the brighter side of things. Sativa highs are not a lazy high and are best for daytime usage, but I’m also not here to tell you how to live your life! Do what you want, playa!
My top two favorite sativa strains are Green Crack and Amnesia Haze (don’t let the name fool you!). Dabs or flower, those strains never disappoint me.
Next, we have hybrids. Hybrids are actually fairly self-explanatory. They’re a cross of an indica and a sativa, so hybrids have combined traits from both parent strains. The high of a hybrid will depend on which strains were used to grow it. A lot of hybrid highs are a balanced mix of indica and sativa, but there are also sativa-dominant and indica-dominant hybrid plants. Never be afraid to ask your local budtenders which plants were crossed and the kind of high you can expect.
My top two favorite hybrid strains are Headband and Girl Scout Cookies. Headband has ALWAYS been my favorite, from day one. Check it out if you ever have the chance! Such a beautiful bud.
Last but not least, CBD. CBD stands Cannabidiol, and it isn’t actually a strain, but a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp. However, there are high-CBD strains like Charlotte’s Web. CBD is an amazing lifesaver for many! It’s a super super subtle but euphoric high. CBD is mostly used for chronic pain, addiction, depression, paranoia, and anxiety.
I really enjoy a good CBD strain when I’ve had a long day at work, and my back hurts from sitting all day. One good CBD dab does me in, and on the super plus side, a lot of CBD strains taste phenomenal. The best part about CBD is you can get it with little to no THC. So, if you’re looking for an alternative for pain pills, this is the way to go!
My two favorite high-CBD strains are Sour Tsunami and Cannatonic. They both taste great and make you feel so much better than you did before you started smoking.
Now you know for your next trip to the many dispensaries you decide to go to. I’m here to help, friend. Until next time!