Marijuana has always been used for it’s mood enhancing properties but, it’s not all the same. Some strains help people sleep, some give them energy, some make people chatty and some deeply thoughtful. Not the only factor, a lot of this has to do with the strain origins and whether it is a Sativa, Indica or a Hybrid of the two. The easiest way to remember is Indica will lock you “In da Couch” while Sativa is “Stimulating”. Many Hybrid strains have a calm energizing effect but, some hybrids lean heavily one way or the other.
Indica: Originally grown in the high altitudes of the Himalayas of India, hence the name, Indica strains are very relaxing and can help aid in sleep or to relieve anxiety. Their short stature, wider leaves and short grow period have made them a favorite among growers. Their high resin yield makes them a favorite of concentrate processors. Their calming, couch lock attributes have made them a favorite among cannabis enthusiasts as well. Indica is what many people think of when they think of being vegged out after a session. Medical marijuana users have regularly turned to Indica strains for it’s pain and anxiety reliving qualities. Northern Lights, Grandaddy Purple and the Kush lineage are examples of some of the most popular Indica strains.
Sativa: Durban Poison, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough and the Haze lineage are some of the most popular Sativa strains. Known for their mentally and physically stimulating effects, Sativas are a favorite of productive stoners and also used to enhance social gatherings or ease social anxiety. Often cerebral, Sativas are also used by artists and writers when they need to get their creative juices flowing and to help form new ideas. The euphoria and lifted spirits of Sativas are also great for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors!
Hybrid: These balanced strains combine the effects of multiple strains to give you a custom tailored high. Many growers and breeders will create their own signature stain to emphasize the qualities of different strains they like best into one novel strain. Much of what you find on the recreational market is a hybrid strain but, may be marked as a Sativa or Indica dominant strain. Some strains like Blue Dream and Pineapple Express are known for their calm but alert and focused effects. Great for studying, writing, doing chores, enjoying nature, and the company of friends. New hybrid strains enter the recreational market every week and often times their name will be a clue as to their parents, such as Sour Kush (Parents: Sour Diesel and OG Kush)
The ever expanding world of recreational cannabis and medical marijuana has something to offer everyone. Talking to a knowledgeable budtender can help newcomers to recreational marijuana gain some insight into the diverse effects of the different strains. The Lucky Leaf carries something for everyone.