Two percent of marijuana smokers do not know what they are smoking. Knowing what you are smoking is supremely important in order to benefit from its effects properly. Marijuana is broken down into three subcategories: Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis. Indica and Sativa are the strains generally used for ingestion. From these two categories, we can create an insurmountable number of different strains. Some of these strains are straight sativa, some are straight indica, some a mix of the two; hybrids. “Ruderalis, which is less common” according to High Times Magazine and has a lower amount of THC. Which one is the one you like to smoke? How do you know?
Indica is a strain that generally gives a laid back feeling. I remember indica, as, “in de couch” as in stuck in the couch like the 2D girl on that awful anti-marijuana commercial. If you remember the commercial, you know what I mean. Unlike her, I can still communicate with the people around me, I just do not want to get up and go anywhere. Of course, there are varying degrees of this feeling and some people like to use an indica strain as you would a glass of wine in the evenings. Something to mellow you out. According to theweedblog.com, indica, “relieves body pain, relaxes muscles, relieves spasms, reduces seizures, relieves headaches and migraines and relieves anxiety or stress” (Sativa vs. Indica: The Biggest Differences between the Two Cannabis Plants). If I am feeling extra restless, any strong indica strain (like many Kush strains), knocks me out for an evening of dreamless sleep.
The smells of different indica strains vary as much as the feelings you can achieve from an indica high. Smells can be anything from fruity and sweet, to skunk like and earthy. Some of the well-known indica strains include: Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights (which is one of my favorites to use like you would a glass of red wine in the evening; just to wind down a bit) and Skywalker.
Sativa strains generally give me more energy than indica strains. Some sativas make me feel like I can conquer the world, one fabulous conversation at a time. Others give me so much energy, I feel like I have had 10 Keurig cups of Starbucks in one sitting; I am all over the place. Theweedblog.com sites the effects of sativas as: “Feelings of well-being and at-ease, uplifting and cerebral thoughts, stimulates and energizes, increases focus and creativity and fights depression” (Sativa vs. Indica: The Biggest Differences Between The Two Cannabis Plants).
As was with the indica, sativa strains also have a great degree of variance in their smells. Some sativa strains smell like limes and berries, while other strains smell more like gasoline and pine. Famous sativa strains include: Acapulco gold, Green Crack (which makes me feel like I am on some type of speed, so I do not partake in this one), Sour Diesel (I love this one) and Strawberry Cough.
Hybrid strains are a mix of indica and sativa. Some of these strains are an even split. This means they are 50% sativa and 50% indica. Others have a split that is not even, so you will feel one effect more heavily than the other. For example, if you have a hybrid that is an 80/20 split, with Indica being the 80%, then you would feel the, “in de couch” feeling over the, “clean the house” feeling many sativas bring.
The smells of hybrids can vary just like the other strains. You can smell a citrusy and earthy smell, or a sweet and spicy smell. Popular hybrid strains include: OG Kush (I thought the OG stood for Original Gangsta, but I have been educated and now know it stands for Ocean Grown), Pineapple Express (like the movie), AK 47 and Cali Kush.
Cannabis Ruderalis is a less known marijuana subcategory and is more resilient against the elements than any other type of cannabis. According to Wikipedia, Ruderalis, “will produce flowers based on its age, rather than light cycle… also known as “autoflowering” (Cannabis Ruderalis). The THC content of this plant is low and is therefore not generally used for recreational purposes. It is grown in the Midwest United States, for producing hemp products.
For today, I am puffing on some Blue Dream. It gives me the clarity I need to be able to communicate my thoughts through words, but not to the point where my thoughts are overly lofty. In other words, I can write something that others can clearly understand. A special thanks to Goldie, The Knower, for the tip on this hybrid strain. It is extraordinary.
Oh, and one last tip from G: If all else fails, smell the flowers. The smell is synonymous to how the high will feel. If it is a good smell, it is a good high. If it is repulsive, your body may not agree with the buzz.
The Budding Connoisseur