Basics of Cannabis Strains


Whether you’ll be using it for medicinal or recreational purposes, leafing through a long list of weed strains can be difficult, particularly if it’s your first time. Getting the best strain requires a bit of understanding regarding marijuana and its types. If you’re up for it, I’m here to guide you.

The first variety of Cannabis is C. Indica. Indica is a type of marijuana that is commonly grown in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which stretches from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Pure Indica is often responsible for the “stoned” effect. Being stoned gives you a feeling of great relaxation and pain relief. Indica can also help relax muscles for people who have muscle tremors or seizures. Common pure Indica strains are Afghani, Pakistani, and the Hindu Kush – all clearly deriving names from their place of origin.

The second variety of marijuana is C. Sativa. Sativa is often grown in places with warm, tropical climates such as in Southeast Asia or Mexico. Pure Sativa is responsible for the “high” feeling. When you’re high, it’s like being on cloud nine, meaning you’re happy and so much more energetic. Sativa is perfect for people who are depressed and out of focus. It can even increase your creativity and stimulate your appetite. Some of the popular Sativa strains are Silver Haze, Kali Mist and the Very Berry Haze.

List Of Weed Strains For Cannabis Indica

There are many known strains of C. Indica. Some of them have seemingly harmless names like Twilight, Eclipse, Holland’s Hope, Mango (which sounds delicious), or Niagra. Others seem to emphasize their stinky odor such as the Early Skunk and Hawaiian Skunk. However, arguably, the most popular strain of Indica is the Blueberry.

The Blueberry is a very popular Indica which dates back to the 70’s. You’ll easily recognize this strain because of its fruity aroma and blueberry flavor when burned. It’s not the easiest strain to grow, but its unique flavor and powerful sedative effect (which may even have physical effects) is quite the experience.

List Of Weed Strains For Cannabis Sativa

For Sativa, there are even more known strains. Some Sativa strain names seem to advertise how powerful they are such as Bazooka, Powerplant, Night Queen and Voodoo. The most popular strain for C. Sativa however, is the Sour Diesel.

The Sour Diesel is a powerful strain of Sativa that is said to belong to the “extreme sports” category of marijuana. This strain can give you feelings of greatly uplifting pleasure bordering on spiritual. This strain is easily recognizable for its citrusy aroma crossed with the tang or pungency of diesel, hence its name.

Cannabis Ruderalis: The Third Variety

C. Ruderalis is the third, often unrecognized variety of Marijuana. This variety originated from Russia. Ruderalis is actually less potent that Sativa and Indica, but many breeders usually cross-breed it with the two because it’s smaller, it matures faster and it can grow in harsh climates. Some of the well-known Ruderalis strains are Ruderalis Indica, Ruderalis Skunk and the Four-Way.

Like I said, choosing your brand of marijuana is best done if you know the differences between the varieties. The next step is figuring out what you’ll be using it for and what effect you’re trying to go after. If you do this, then picking one from the huge list of weed strains will be much less of a hassle and even quite enjoyable.

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