You’re going to find Indicas and Sativas on the shelves at The Green Bean. These two main types of cannabis are used for a long list of medicinal purposes. However, individual plants offer differing characteristics and effects, even among the same type of cannabis. Chemical composition, growing techniques, and all sorts of factors play a part.
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Sativas tend to contain higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. Known for an energizing, uplifting, invigorating impact, they can enhance creativity and focus and reduce anxiety or stress. The stimulating effect makes Sativas ideal for daytime use. Indicas often have higher levels of CBD, less THC and are recognized for full-body, relaxing effects. Often used at night for treating insomnia, these strains are popular for reducing nausea, pain, and anxiety. Indicas may also increase appetite.
Cannabis growers continue to produce new and exciting combinations of Sativa and Indica called Hybrids. Primarily grown to target specific effects such as easing anxiety or to treat the symptoms of chemotherapy or radiation, Hybrids can either lean toward a higher THC or CBD percentage.
While you definitely want to pay close attention to the amount of THC and CBD in a particular strain, don’t ignore the terpenes. A naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant, terpenes are responsible for the plants’ smell and can impact the effects provided by specific strains.
Different Consumption Methods of Cannabis
Your choices continue with consumption methods. The different methods determine how quickly you’ll notice effects and how long they last. When you inhale cannabis, the active compounds affect the brain almost immediately. Whether you smoke or vape, the compounds are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs. Many consider vaping a healthier option than smoking and enjoy greater discretion.
For oral consumption, there are edibles and tinctures. Cannabis-infused baked goods, gummies, beverages, or capsules are absorbed through the digestive tract, delaying onset anywhere from twenty minutes to up to three hours. Tinctures are placed under the tongue, allowed to absorb through blood vessels and any remaining liquid swallowed. Onset time can vary greatly. Oral methods are wonderfully straightforward, simple, and provide precision dosing.
Topicals don’t get consumed. You can apply balms, patches, and lotions or take advantage of a bath balm for a nice soak. As a delivery method, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin to provide localized relief from pain or muscle soreness. There are no psychoactive effects from topicals.