Natural Selection: Weeding out the Truth on Marijuana Strains.

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Above and beyond Marijuana, the culture built around cannabis has constantly evolved with technology and popular trends, has incessantly challenged authority and in recent years, vindicated, revered, and even venerated for it’s proven effects in medical use. 

Today, Cannabis use reaches out to a vast audience via social media platforms, going “viral” in its newfound glory. But what is Cannabis? Is it simply a great recreational escape? A gateway into a subculture once painted immoral and outlawed by the government? Or is it really the miracle drug everyone says it is?

To understand Cannabis, let us try to reach in deeper into what marijuana and weed strains are really about. This Bargain Bongs Online Special Session will help you know better and intimately understand what Marijuana is, beyond words and slang. Light up, take a hit, and let the sesh take you on a trip to HollyWeed!

The Main Varieties of Marijuana

There are three distinct categories of Marijuana: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid.

Early on the 18th century, the suffixes “Indica” and “Sativa” were used to classify the different categories of weed and their effects. The scientific classification suffix “Sativa” described the weed strains widely found in Europe and Western Eurasia,  while “Indica” refers to the psychoactive variety discovered in marijuana plants grown in India.

Indica

Research-based studies have shown that Indica possesses an intense effect felt physically throughout the body. Scientifically categorized as a weed strain that often helps reduce pain and ease muscle tension thus providing better rest and relaxation for the user. Medically, because of this psychoactive ability, Indicas are often prescribed for nighttime use to induce sleep.

Sativa

Sativas share almost the same psychoactive trait but are proven to affect and impact the user mentally, recognized and known to alleviate depression while acting as a mood enhancer. Backed by solid scientific research, Sativas are also found to be invigorating and uplifting, and aim to provide cerebral effects that work amazingly well when paired with physical activity.

Hybrids

Hybrids are somewhere in between, a lovechild of Indica and Sativa, Hybrids are dubbed the modern man’s herb, developed and grown from the best of both, offering combined benefits and experience for the modern weed enthusiast. 

Most often, a hybrid plant is the result of the intentional breeding of two or more varieties to produce a superior offspring to the parent plants. Birthed to produce a more favorable/desirable high, have a native resiliency to habitation and growth,and able to withstand and tolerate harsh conditions specific in the breeding of marijuana plants.

A variety of species can result in cross pollination, with the hybrid infused with the positive characteristics from both parent plants.The resulting hybrid strain will tend to have a slightly different growth pattern, as well as produce a different high than that of each parent plant.

Of late, leading experts in the Cannabis Industry are reconsidering the Indica, Sativa and Hybrid categories, saying that these terms are more or less meaningless. Beyond Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid, most local head shops, dispensaries, connoisseurs and budtenders might divide the types of cannabis they have into strains. 

What are Cannabis Strains?

Marijuana strains are quintessentially different breeds of cannabis, bred to have a specific effect on each user. A marijuana strain is commonly described as being “Sativa dominant” or “Indica dominant”. 

There are a multitude of effects to be experienced from any given weed strain, yet most depend on different factors. Major factors that come into play are the chemical makeup particular for each weed strain, the tolerance, dose, and consumption method of the user. A clear understanding of the factors that change each individual experience often result in the best chance of finding the perfect weed strain.

Specific strains, or breeds are broken down into plant types distinguished by their individual Cannabinoid and Terpene content. These 2 compounds determine the strain’s overall effects.

There are two main cannabinoids identified by scientific experts as naturally occurring components responsible for producing both negative and positive effects – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Terpenes are significant compounds also found in the cannabis plant. Terpenes directly affect the plant’s smell and recently found to also influence the effects produced by specific strains.

When looking for the right marijuana strain, keep these considerations in mind:

Know.

Your preference on what you want to achieve or what you’re trying to feel will help narrow your cannabis strains options. Do you want to be creative and not caught in a couchlock? Would you like to have a constant kick in every sesh, or just a fine toke and chill?

Understand.

Pineapple Express and some entry-level strains are considered to have effects that are typically mild and tolerable. Strains with higher levels of cannabinoids may be too potent for a first-time user’s level of tolerance.

Decide.

Each technique or consumption method for consuming cannabis has benefits and drawbacks. If you smoke blunts, joints or vape cannabis, you may feel that desired high more quickly, but it can also irritate your lungs and airways. Educating yourself on marijuana strains can help you make the correct choice, for example when you are planning a weed infused dinner party, it’s important to choose the right strain to prevent your guests from falling asleep in the doorway

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