SATIVA VS. INDICA VS. HYBRID VS. CBD STRAINS
Cannabis sativa is a species of cannabis physically characterized by relatively greater height and narrower leaves. The psychological effects of cannabis sativa can be characterized as uplifting, energetic, social, thoughtful, visual, and creative. Because of these qualities, sativas are great strains to use in the mornings, before exercise, during social gatherings, or while enjoying outdoor activities. Artists of all backgrounds have long appreciated sativa’s ability to inspire creative thought, enhance the enjoyment of music, and increase the visual perception of color and light.
Cannabis indica is a species of cannabis physically characterized by a relatively shorter, bushier stature with wider leaves. The psychological effects of cannabis indica can be characterized as peaceful, calming, pain-relieving, body-centric (“body buzz”), and sleep-enhancing. Because of these qualities, indicas are great strains to use for pain control, alleviating stress, before bed, or for the maintenance of anxiety and insomnia.
Hybrid strains are genetic crosses between cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. The psychological effects of hybrids can be generally described as a mix of the effects of sativa and indica described above. Hybrids may produce more sativa-like effects, indica-like effects, or a balanced experience of both. Ask your Budtender for details about specific hybrid strains.
CBD strains are indica, sativa, or hybrid cannabis strains that have been specifically bred to increase the plant’s content of cannabidiol (CBD). Research has suggested that CBD has significant medical value, including pain-relieving, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety effects. Other preliminary research has also suggested that CBD may help slow the growth of certain cancers. Taken together, the combination of CBD and THC has been shown to provide superior pain-relieving qualities than either compound taken alone.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive. However, CBD does affect many of the same receptors in the brain, and thus can modify the psychological effects of THC. When taken together, CBD will generally “soften” the effects of THC. This combination may be preferable for those with a lower tolerance for THC, or for those who wish to avoid the more pronounced effects of sativas and indicas described above. CBD also affects receptors in the brain thought to play a role in addiction, and may assist those recovering from drug/alcohol abuse.
To learn more about CBD and how it may benefit specific medical conditions, visit the Project CBD website.
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