11 Feb Marijuana is as Complex as Fine Wine
Sacramento Weed Delivery | Sativa vs Indica
Be a Weed Connoisseur
Whether you are a seasoned smoker, or new to LEGAL recreational medical marijuana, there is a lot of new information out there. Just like wine, marijuana is complex. Additionally, like wine, the more you can learn about it, the more you may come to enjoy and appreciate it.
It’s Just Weed, Isn’t It?
Marijuana is complicated, intricate, varied, and interesting depending on a number of factors.
Wine changes based on the type of grape, the soil it was grown in, and when it was harvested. The same holds true for marijuana. The biggest difference, however, is that there are nearly an infinite number of combinations that will change the strain of marijuana. It all comes down to chemistry.
A small change in how marijuana is grown and harvested leads to a big change in things like smell, flavor, and especially effect. There are some strains that produce body relaxation effects. Others provide a mental euphoria. Some provide both. And all to varying degrees.
Additionally, marijuana can provide a number of medicinal effects, all depending on its chemistry.
A Growing Field
This is a very exciting time in marijuana. With legalization comes more accessibility, more consumers, and more research. Our understanding of just how complicated and amazing marijuana is has just scratched the surface.
For example, over the last 5-10 years, the terms “sativa” and “indica” have become fairly mainstream when describing a type of strain. Generally speaking, “sativa” is used to describe a strain that had more of a mental effect, while “indica” is used to describe a strain with more of a body effect.
However, we are learning just recently that these terms are a very inaccurate way to describe a strain. Sativa and Indica are types of marijuana plants, not types of effects. This would be similar to asking for a “merlot” or “cabernet”…those describe the type of grape used in making the wine, but don’t actually describe the wine itself. Keep reading to broaden your horizons when it comes to selecting a strain.
What to Look For in Marijuana
The new movement in marijuana goes beyond focusing on “Sativa” or “Indica” and instead focuses on a number of other important factors. The amount and ration of these various compounds greatly changes the effects that the strain produces.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. This is the primary compound that gets you “high”. It can produce feelings of happiness, alleviate depression and anxiety, effect coordination and concentration, as well as distort time perception . Additionally, it may cause paranoia or anxiety in people sensitive to THC, or in large concentrations. In some studies it has shown to help alleviate seizure disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain. The FDA has approved a synthetic version called Marinol.
Cannabidiol is the other primary compound in marijuana. CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. Meaning, it does not get you “high”. In fact, it can actually counteract THC by displacing THC molecules from brain receptors. This means that the ratio between THC and CBD can greatly effect the balance between feeling “high” and just receiving the benefits.
Additionally, CBD is most widely known for its medicinal properties. What little medical research that is available has shown is that CBD primarily interacts with our nervous and immune systems. This may help reduce inflammation and symptoms of insomnia, for example. Some research suggests that CBD may even have neuroprotective properties. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) even said:
“despite the classification as a Schedule 1 drug, so far there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Perhaps the newest area of our understanding of marijuana is terpenes. Terpenes are essential oils in plants. In marijuana, terpenes can do everything from “enhance the high”, and have various medicinal properties.
Terpenes are most easily identified by their smell. Plants produce this to ward of predatory insects. In marijuana, various terpenes produce very distinct aromas. People were already nick-naming these smells before we had a full understanding of them (i.e. sour diesel, dank, etc…).
There are many different types of, and combinations of terpenes. The ratio between THC, CBD, and these terpenes will change the smell, flavor, and effect of marijuana. (Read more about terpenes HERE.)
Putting it All Together
Don’t get stuck in the traditional broad categories of “Sativa” of “Indica”. Level up your weed game and talk chemistry! Your marijuana experience is based on a combination of THC, CBD, and Terpenes (as well as some other smaller, less known cannabinoids). The more you understand this, and understand what is in a particular strain, the more you can create and control the perfect experience for yourself!
Below is a beautiful infographic by Leafly. It groups strains by their primary terpene, and provides general information about expected effects, aromas, and medical benefits. What you should notice is that there are both sativa and indica strains in many of the same categories.
This information should really help enhance your next experience with marijuana, just like a proper wine tasting helps you learn and appreciate what you are drinking. As always, Pot Kings only recommends the safe, responsible, and legal use of marijuana.
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Sacramento Weed Delivery | Sativa vs Indica