Are you partial to sativas? Or are indica strains more your style? Maybe you like the best of both worlds and skew toward the hybrids. Perhaps you don’t discriminate and prefer to play the field? Here is a wonderfully unscientific guide to the three main cannabis categories.
Sativa strains have traditionally been categorized as those with “energetic” properties. Uplifting feelings like happiness and euphoria are most closely associated with sativa dominant strains. Consumers enjoy sativa strains for their head-centric high, with many reporting that it’s their daytime go-to. From boosting creativity to sharpening focus, sativa lovers enjoy the motivating feelings that result from consumption. Some of the HIGHLY staff’s favorite sativa-dominant activities include taking a hike, attending concerts, creating art, and organizing at home.
You’ve probably heard someone proclaim that an indica session put them “in da couch.” It’s a pretty easy way to remember that indica dominant strains are traditionally associated with feelings of relaxation and a body-centric high. Heavy limbs? Check. Tingly face? Oh yeah. Indica dominant strains are preferred by customers who like a calm and relaxing high and are typically categorized as nighttime or unwinding strains. Some of our favorite Indica dominant activities are listening to music, binge watching tv series, and napping.
The best of both worlds? Quite possibly. For those that want it all, enter the hybrid strains. Hybrids offer a mix of the traditionally sativa-like and indica-like effects and are available in what seems like an infinite variety of strain combinations and indica/sativa ratios. How will a hybrid be different than either an indica or sativa? It’s completely dependent on the plants’ genetics. If it’s sativa-heavy, you can expect the effects to skew in the “energetic” direction. For something more indica-heavy, gather the supplies for relaxation mode.
To find the right fit for you, always ask your budtender about the strain’s parents and the hybrid ratio. Chances are they know quite a bit about each strain and can give you more information & insight than you’d find on any label.
Playing the field is all well and good, but we still need to be attuned to red flags. No strain is perfect and as you know, everyone’s body is going to process and react differently to cannabis consumption. A friend may have a sativa strain that they swear by as their go-to motivator but when you give it a toke, it makes you as paranoid as a first timer. Maybe that heady indica strain helped your brother sleep & wake up refreshed, but you crawled out of bed feeling foggy with an intense case of dry mouth after trying it. Go low and go slow until you find the right strains for you.