The beauty of science is that today, we have a massive percentage of the findings and research associated with cannabis available for the public; some of it is easily found online. Knowledge is power, and information is the key to a peaceful mind.
While some people smoke cannabis for relaxation, many use it for medical purposes, but in both cases, it is of great importance to be well educated first! Knowledge is especially essential for beginners, as we all know, safety is a number one priority for all of us!
If you are a regular cannabis consumer, you probably already know a lot about cannabis strains, the differences, the effects, and the hybrids.
However, beginners who have come in touch only with the basics should keep in mind that THC and CBD aren’t the only active ingredients. The way our body processes the popular cannabinoids also depends on other organic compounds in cannabis, such as terpenes, flavonoids, etc. This process is called the entourage effect, and it is the main reason people may turn to one strain over another when they want to feel specific effects.
As you may already know, every strain is different, and the three broad categories people use to describe cannabis strains are Indica (known as calm strains), Sativa (known as energy strains) and Hybrid (known as a harmony of both. Hybrids can be Indica-dominant, Sativa-dominant, or balanced).
While Indica strains are mostly used to achieve chill and relaxed feelings, people usually use them at nighttime, for calming down and obtaining better sleep. People describe the effect as getting a “body high,” so that makes them perfect for a relaxing night on the couch while enjoying a big snack and then getting a great night of sleep.
However, Sativa strains are known to have the opposite effect and are usually associated with feeling high energy rush and more prominent activity. Contrary to the Indica effect, Sativa causes people to feel a rather “head high,” which is why people make usually make the logical decision to consume it during the day. Sativa strains are associated with alertness and creativity, which is the reason why people often take them before any outdoor activities or yard work.
Taking all this into consideration, the name of the Hybrid strains itself suggests that they offer a mixture of both Indica and Sativa effects. Cannabis breeding is nothing new; it is instead a tradition with a long history, so most strains fall somewhere onto the hybrid cannabis spectrum. They are usually described as either Indica-leaning, Sativa-leaning, or balanced, depending on the exact mixture of effects. Hybrids can offer a nice combination of effects that isn’t too overpowering one way or the other, and the more we learn more about terpenes and other cannabinoids, people are starting to gain a better understanding of how different cannabis strains will affect them.