[Guest Article] 4 Ways To Know Which Weed Is Suitable For You

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Cannabis is a whole new world that opens to tons of possibilities, applications, benefits, and choices for users. Today, if you decide to try cannabis, there are many options to consider out there starting from strains to methods, and the overall experience could be overwhelming. 

The evolving arena of the cannabis industry has managed to entice a large user base across the world. Yet, it fails to tend to basic problems such as enabling and new users to choose from the many options that could arise doubts. 

There is so much to learn about cannabis that the journey to pick out a strain to try could feel endless.

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For a novice user, the best place to begin their journey to choose a good weed would be from understanding the basics of strains and effects. 

While there is no one generic strain that can suit everyone’s needs, analyzing the four main parameters listed below can help you get closer to the right weed for you. 

1. Purpose

The purpose of using weed or cannabis determines what type of weed is most suited for you. Although most of us knew weed as a recreational plant, the body of research available today indicates strong therapeutic benefits are possible from this herb. 

Many countries have legalized the use of medical marijuana to treat a spectrum of ailments, while only very few have opened gates for recreational use of marijuana.  

Hence you need to understand what your expectation or purpose of using cannabis is to explore the options you have in each case.

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Most medical cannabis strains constitute high CBD concentration and optimum levels of THC to initiate an entourage effect.  It could aid in pain relief, inflammation, reduce tremors, treat skin conditions, help cope with depression, etc. 

The reason behind this choice is that THC is the hallucinogenic component of the cannabis plant, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive. They are both responsible for the therapeutic properties of the plant, and hence need to be present together for the best benefits. A higher concentration of CBD can balance out the intense hallucinogenic effects of the strain and give a comfortable experience for the patient.

On the other hand, recreational cannabis users prefer a higher concentration of THC to enjoy a striking high. They can cause mind-numbing effects in the individuals and initiate euphoria. Also, the purpose determines the legalities around the purchase and use of cannabis in your local area, which is critical to analyze before using the plant. 

Based on the purpose of your cannabis use, you can explore from a large portfolio of strain available with varying benefits.

2. Effects

Understanding the primary difference between the various types or categories of cannabis strains can help you analyze which of them can serve your purpose best. Different types of cannabis offer variation in terms of growth capabilities, presence, and concentration of essential cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids. 

Most importantly, each of these components contributes to a certain characteristic or benefits that may be of interest to you. Therefore you need to narrow down which of these categories is closest to your requirement. There are three major categories of cannabis, namely Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid.

  • Sativa

The Sativa category of cannabis plants causes a euphoric and mood uplifting high and initiates strong cerebral effects and boosts energy in individuals. These are the psychedelic strain categories containing a higher concentration of THC that stimulates creativity and energy in users. 

The strains are ideal for reducing social anxiety, enjoy energy boost to perform intense activities such as weightlifting, or supplement your creativity.

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  • Indica

The CBD dominance of the variety is responsible for the intense calming and relaxing benefits. It is also known as the night-time strain. They create a stoned feeling in users and induce physical sedation to aid them in rest or sleep. 

The variety is the best choice as a stress buster, for aiding insomnia, relieving pain and inflammations.Those new to Cannabis came can also try their hands on budget buds from trusted retailers.

  • Hybrids

Hybrids embed the best of both categories to create durable and potent strains with incredible health benefits. Most of the strain varieties commercially available today fall under the hybrid category. 

The strains balance out the extreme effects created by pure varieties and offer a large profile of problem-specific options for users. This way, you can look for mixed-effects such as a day-time strain that helps you relax or cope with stress without inducing sleep.

3. Cannabinoid Ratio

It is evident from our discussion so far that the two major cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, namely THC and CBD, play a crucial role in determining the right weed for you.

Among the hundreds of active components present in the plant, these two are responsible for numerous health benefits through interaction with the endocannabinoid system. Not just through presence, but by exhibiting different ratios in varying strains, they dominate the therapeutic benefits of the plant.

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THC is known for its anti-emetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hallucinogenic effects. Whereas CBD is known as an antipsychotic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, antibacterial compound.

Some long-term benefits such as anti-tumor or anti-cancer properties are also under research for possible CBD benefits. The ratio of the two components determines which ailment the strain can treat effectively.

CBD: THC Ratios

0:1 – A pure THC strain causes intense cerebral high or psychoactive effects in users. It can elevate appetite and reduce inflammation, along with causing sedative effects.

1:2 – With a dominant characteristic of THC, these strains have a calming effect on the body and aid in treating stress, insomnia, migraines, muscle cramps, and inflammation, pain.

1:1 – Equal concentration of THC and CBD is useful to manage the effects of chronic disorders, including tremors, insomnia, skin diseases, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

2:1 – The strains exhibit dominant relaxing properties and healing benefits effective for treating conditions such as psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune disorders.

1:0 – Pure CBD strains can aid in treating psycho-sensitive conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, seizures, where eliminating the hallucinogenic effects is beneficial for the user.

Analyze which of these two components is likely to benefit your needs and choose the best ratio.

4. Terpenes

Terpenes are the flavoring agents of the cannabis plant. The vibrant flavors of certain strains such as lemon haze, pineapple Kush, bubble-gum Xl hail from the terpene profile of the strain. 

These fragrant oils add the taste and aroma to the plant, apart from complementing the cannabinoids and elevating their therapeutic benefits. 

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Choosing strains with a good terpene profile can improve your experience with cannabis. It can eliminate the idea that using weed must be about tolerating the uncomfortable, earthy, pungent smell, and rather offer you a cherishable experience. 

Some terpenes such as limonene could complement the calming benefits of CBD and improve the intensity of effects on the users. There is no rigid scientific evidence to prove the complementary benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids. However, we are aware of the entourage effect in cannabis that is responsible for several health benefits. Overall choosing a good terpene-rich strain will give you a flavorful and fun experience with your weed.

Use these four ways to understand the right weed for you to enrich your experience with cannabis.

This is a guest article, here’s a little about the author 

Tammy is a Senior Freelance Content Specialist. Her passion for writing articles about the CBD verticals and beauty products has helped many marketers to grow their business. Currently, she is working with https://cbdfx.com/collections/cbd-gummies/ a trusted brand for CBD Products.


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