Cannabis is not a one-size-fits-all substance, and no two strains offer the same experience. Each cannabis plant contains a different proportion of its active ingredients. The two natural compounds of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are believed to affect users differently according to their measure in each plant.
Cannabis strains come in three distinct types: sativa, indica, and hybrids of both.
- Sativa strains of marijuana plants grow tall and feature long, thin leaves. They’re believed to have higher concentrations of THC, the more psychoactive of cannabis’s two primary compounds. This means sativa strains are thought to produce head highs—meaning they interact more directly with the mind to create several more elevated experiences.
- Sativa strains are often used to spur a whole host of mental activities: creativity, attentiveness, and stimulation. It’s often used to complete artistic tasks or anything that entails a lot of concentration. Sativa strains are believed to be especially helpful at relieving anxiety, or for casual use as antidepressants. Some consider sativa strains to be great at removing social barriers—you'll often find them at parties and social gatherings to set the mood.
- Indica plants are the stockier counterparts of sativa. Their leaves are shorter, broader, and more deeply green. Indica strains are believed to have higher ratios of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Because of this, indica plants are more commonly associated with full-body highs. They offer a more sedate, relaxing experience.
- Indica is frequently used to produce a relaxing effect when one wants to wind down at night. It’s often used to treat insomnia. Indica is also believed to have more medicinal qualities and is frequently the choice of those seeking to relieve pain. Other reported effects of indica include increasing food appetite and easing nausea.
- Hybrid strains, as the name implies, feature a more balanced concentration of sativa and indica. In reality, most cannabis plants are hybrids, without an excessive amount of concentration of either strain, although one may be slightly more dominant than the other.
- The effects of hybrids are more balanced as well, combining the energetic aspects of sativa with the sedating effects of indica. Because of this, hybrids are good choices for those who are new to the marijuana experience, giving them a more well-rounded encounter for their initial experiments so they can decide what strain is ultimately best for them.
GNOMADS’s staff offers friendly, knowledgeable help in deciding what marijuana strain most suits your needs. Whether you’re a beginner seeking initial guidance or a veteran exploring your options, we'll help you navigate the courses of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid at our dispensary in Tatum, NM.