Yo, what’s good world? It’s your boy Dan, and today we’re talking about weed strains. Now, I know y’all know there’s a ton of different strains out there, but did you know there’s probably over a thousand? And with breeders always experimenting, we can expect even more new strains each year.
Now, when it comes to the different species of cannabis, there’s three: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. You probably know that indicas are known for their chill and sedative effects, while sativas give you that energetic and euphoric feeling. But hybrids can give you a little bit of both worlds, ya dig?
But hold up, some scientists out there claim that all marijuana strains have the same effect on the body and mind. A study from the University of British Columbia looked at 33 different strains from licensed providers and found that they all had roughly the same amount of THC and CBD, regardless of whether they were indica, sativa or hybrid. But they also found some unknown cannabinoids in these strains that could be related to their varying effects.
So basically, don’t believe everything you read about weed strains being the same. It’s more likely that there’s just incorrect labeling going on. There are definitely physical differences between indicas and sativas – indicas tend to be shorter and bushier while sativas are lankier with narrower leaves. But according to Dr. Ethan Russo, there’s not really a taxonomic difference between the two types.
And just because a strain is labeled as an indica doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll make you sleepy. Likewise, not all sativas will give you that energetic boost you might expect. A study from PLOS found that the split between indica and sativa seldom matches their real genetic makeup.
So what does matter when it comes to a strain’s effects? It’s all about the chemical composition of the plant. THC is psychoactive while CBD is not, and CBD can actually help alleviate some of the negative effects of THC. But there’s plenty of other cannabinoids in weed too – THC and CBD are just the most well-known.
We need to learn more about these lesser-known cannabinoids if we really want to understand why weed works. And don’t forget about terpenes either – they’re responsible for a strain’s aroma and taste, but they can also have effects on mood and memory retention.
At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous to suggest that all marijuana strains are the same. Sure, there might be a few out there with similar effects, but have you ever tried Thai Sativa and Afghani? Those strains are wildly different. Dr. Russo has been researching weed for almost 40 years and he’s convinced that strains have different effects. We just need more studies to really prove it.
So don’t fall for those clickbait articles that claim all strains are the same. It’s complete crap, fam. We need to focus on the chemical composition of each strain if we really want to understand its effects. And as more states legalize marijuana, hopefully we’ll finally get the scientific evidence we need. Stay lifted, y’all.