Getting familiar with strains and chemovars

The cannabinoids and terpenes are responsible for the chemovar’s overall effects

A first trip to a cannabis dispensary can be a little overwhelming. There are a wide range of consumption methods, strains and potency to choose from. There are all sorts of terms that can be confusing. To make rewarding decisions and get maximum benefit from a purchase, it’s a good idea to do some research. Cannabis products are typically classified by sativa, indica and hybrids. Sativas are associated with a “head high” or an energizing, uplifting effect that can help to treat anxiety or stress and elevate creativity and focus. Indicas are known more for full-body effects and can help with relaxation and to treat insomnia. Hybrids are a combination of the two. However, the cannabis industry is gradually focusing less on those classifications and more on different strains. There are high THC strains, high CBD strains and those that offer THC and CBD combined. Even among the same type of cannabis, individual plants provide a varying range of effects. Rather than looking for a sativa or an indica, it’s better to concentrate on the description provided by the grower and dispensary. Plants are often distinguished by specific chemovars. Chemovars are differentiated by their cannabinoid and terpene profile. This provides helpful information and allows consumers to determine the product that best suits their needs. The cannabinoids and terpenes are responsible for the chemovar’s overall effects. Budtenders are a good source of information. They are able to explain the different products offered at the dispensary, effects and potency. Because so many factors impact each person’s experience with cannabis, it’s always best to begin with a low dose and never exceed the recommended dose.

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