We can now categorize cannabis depending on whether it leans sativa or indica, by its cannabinoid ratio, its terpene content, what format it comes in, and on and on. In fact, there are so many ways to describe cannabis that it can start to feel like a problem. How can you decide which one to choose? What are the best strains for you?
Let’s step back a moment. While there’s probably not one single cannabis for all your needs, there are several ways to determine the best strains for your particular goal at any one time. And while we can’t compare them all at once—our stock changes so frequently, based on what’s fresh and being harvested at the moment—we can give you some broad pointers that will help make you a better-educated consumer. And that, as they say, is something you can take to the bank.
Best Strains for Relaxation
This is hands-down the number one reason people seek out cannabis: It brings uniquely powerful and pleasurable relaxing qualities. Most people associate this with THC, the most prevalent cannabinoid (or “active ingredient”) in cannabis and the only one responsible for its psychoactivity.
It’s true that strains with a higher THC-to-CBD ratio will generally be more relaxing. But also look for information about its indica vs. sativa profile. This classification depends on a particular strain’s myrcene content, and it’s important: Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene (or “essential oil”). In general, if you’re looking to relax you’ll be seeking out a high myrcene cannabis strain, or one labeled “indica-dominant.”
Best Strains for Motivation
Although cannabis was once parodied as a drug to keep you lazy, a large and growing number of fans are using it for its stimulating qualities. If you’re one of them, seek out high-CBD strains for reduced psychoactivity, and look for those labeled “sativa-dominant.” Again, this is an indicator of a particular plant’s myrcene content.
Broadly speaking, these strains will be “heady,” “buzzy” and “cerebral;” some even compare them with a less intense caffeine-like sensation. And an increasing number of users are skipping the psychoactivity altogether by microdosing, or taking sub-perceptual doses of cannabis.
Best Strains for Fun
If you’re just looking to kick back with friends, a euphora-inducing strain is the ticket. Though don’t blame us if you get a case of the giggles and can’t make too much conversation. Ultimately, though, one person’s happy-making strain can be another person’s panic-driving strain. If you know that high-THC strains don’t work for you, for example, skip them and opt for more balanced strains. If you’re experimenting with new strains, it’s always wise to have a CBD strain on hand in case you get too high.
Need Help Find the Best Strains? Just Ask!
Of course, even with your growing cannabis knowledge, it’s impossible to know everything about this fascinating and diverse plant. That’s why our budtenders are here! They’re friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help guide you towards the best strains for your particular needs. Don’t be shy! Find your nearest Have a Heart location below and then stop by!