Cannabis is widely used in the United States of America and worldwide. It is predicted that the worth of this industry will rise to a billion dollars, and the primary reason for this growth is the ability of cannabis to act as a versatile kind of medication. Studies indicate that it has the potential to manage health conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, and anxiety.
But any user of cannabis can tell you that not all cannabis is the same in terms of their properties and the effects they produce. Let's take a look at the family of cannabis strains and what each one has to offer.
What Is a Cannabis Strain?
All strains or types of cannabis plants are derived from the parent family cannabaceae. You might have heard terms like hybrid, sativa, and indica before, and people generally divide cannabis into these three categories. However, some people think indica and sativa are actually the subspecies of the central cannabaceae family, while others believe they are separate species.
Cannabis indica is believed to provide relaxing effects for its users, and it was found in the Hindu Kush Mountains of the Indian subcontinent. Cannabis sativa strains offer energizing effects, and hybrids are believed to be a combination of indica and sativa strains.
Characteristics of a Desirable Strain
To produce certain strains, cannabis growers select a variety of traits in different plants so that they can achieve the certain effects they desire. A variety of cannabis plants are crossbred to develop plants that will produce a strain that offers specific characteristics, such as potency, flavor, and aroma.
Among these desired characteristics, one of the most important factors considered in a cannabis strain is the amount of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, it contains. This compound of cannabis is highly intoxicating. Apart from its concentration, the amount of other therapeutic cannabinoids of cannabis is also considered while producing a strain, such as CBD, terpenes, etc.
Nevertheless, experts say that no one can know the exact composition of a cannabis strain just by looking at its height or leaves. The actual chemical composition of a cannabis plant can only be analyzed through biochemical tests in a laboratory.
Although we have a naming system to name cannabis strains, manufacturers do not follow the rules all the time. Some growers name the strain according to its lineage, potency, or even color.
Let's look at some of the most famous cannabis strains.
Acapulco Gold is a well-known strain of cannabis noted for its energizing and euphoria-inducing effects. It may reduce pain, stress, and fatigue.
Blue Dream is not a total sedative, but it does provide a relaxing and soothing feeling. These qualities make it perfect for the relief of inflammation, pain, and cramps. It may also act as a mood lifter.
Purple Kush can induce a sleepy, happy, and relaxed feeling. As it produces significant sedating effects, it may be used to alleviate insomnia.
Sour Diesel is a highly mood-lifting and energizing strain that offers a burst of energy.
Bubba Kush is a relaxing and sleep-inducing strain that may help with insomnia.
Granddaddy Purple is another sedating and relaxing strain. It often gets praise for its stress-lowering and insomnia-reducing properties. It can create a euphoric feeling and even increase hunger.