To new users, knowing the difference between types of weed and also their qualities can be difficult. That is why we are here! Since the early 1900s, the posturing of marijuana as a harmful narcotic substance frontloaded the same social and criminal issues had by significantly harmful substances such as heroin or PCP onto marijuana users.
This also meant the behavior, though potentially even less harmful than alcohol, could not be justified in society, opened up black markets and encouraging deviant action. Users had to hide their behavior, at least partially, or abstain altogether. This can do things to your view of the world.
Well, of course, then comes medical marijuana in the late 1990s, then recreational in 2012, and the momentum behind revising weed laws across North America only seems to be growing. There is only one problem, and it may simply be called a learning curve.
Types of weed and weed-infused products have been exposed to the same advancements in technology we experience in our daily life. Although we may be the ones taking photos of the final product for our various social media accounts, the numerous weed types, their strain genetics, terpene and cannabinoid profiles, and the myriad of concentrated, edible, and topical infused products are all pushing a level of refinement and flavor excellence unrivaled by the historical past.
It can be daunting, discouraging even, when you are thrown into a situation with too much choice and not enough experience with or knowledge of. While dispensaries across the US (and British Columbia) have staff with a depth of both experience and knowledge, sometimes even knowing the basics can help you in a moment of modern weed buying.
The Three Pillars of Modern Marijuana
An ever-expanding number of weed strains continue to pop up as becoming a marijuana grower transitions into a legitimate and legal income source, and, in general, the weed industry is beginning to look a lot more attractive to scientists, researchers, investors, businesses, and state governments.
Whether you shop medically or recreationally, all types of weed products available for purchase at a dispensary come down to three main genetic types: indica, sativa, and hybrid. While hybrids can be described as occurring “sativa dominant” or “indica dominant”, each variety produces different effects – both psychoactive and not – and different flavors.
Types of weed or weed-infused products which are sativa or sativa-dominant are known to produce more uplifted, euphoric highs and experiences. Sativas are known as the daytime high, creating a cerebral energy which makes focusing a fun game while in no way dimming productivity. Perfect for summertime activity!
Sativa plants grow taller, with wide leaves almost waving you good-high. The aroma and flavors commonly associated are are earthy, peppery, fruity, and pungent.
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Types of weed coming leaning indica are known to be a bit more of the body high commonly associated with marijuana use. Couch-lock, the phenomenon of just doing nothing on while high, is commonly traced to indicas, so they are perfect for after work relaxation and for sleep. Of course, indica strains are also great for pain or stress.
Indica plants grow shorter and bushier than sativa plants. This is because of differences in their genetics due to the regions of the world they evolved in. It is thought sativa plants evolved near the equator, somewhere like Thailand while indica plants evolved a bit more northern, in Afghanistan. Indica plants had to deal with seasonal weather changes a bit more than sativa plants would have to. Indica’s often taste of citrus and berries, as well as diesel and earth.
As mentioned, many types of weed strains and products are described as hybrid. This implies somewhere along the plant’s genetic line, both indica and sativa may have been used to achieve the marijuana masterpiece. Often described as an “indica-leaning hybrid” or a “sativa-dominant hybrid”, hybrids bring the best of both worlds to create a mixture of energetic focus and stress or pain-relieving effects.
Hybrid plants, being a mixture of both indica and sativa, have different growing cycles than pure indica or sativa strains would. This can make some strains better suited for, say, the high-altitude environment that is Colorado or the temperate rainforest that Washington state.
Hybrid strains offer some of the most inspired flavor profiles the three main types of weed, boasting a mixture of sweet and savory, with earth and citrus dancing on your tastebuds.
Whether you are watching a movie, studying, at the gym, on a hike, hanging with friends, or indulging a creative whim, the continued evolution of marijuana policy across the US (and the world) is making it simpler to try types of weed in products and forms unseen before. Edibles, concentrates, patches, topicals, or a good ol’ fashioned joint are all available. My hope is, though brief, this guide helps you navigate the fundamentals of the modern marijuana purchase.