When you talk to your parents about their experience with cannabis back in the days, they will almost all tell you how there was basically just one thing available, weed. That green stuff that smells like burnt skunk and makes you laugh with your friends around a campfire. That’s about it. No such things as various strains with different effects, smell, taste, looks, potency and rarity.
Fast forwards to the early 2000s where we have scientists, botanists and growers working on cannabis full-time and elevating this substance that used to be a simple grass that makes you giggle to what it becomes now, an incredibly complex plant with hundreds of different cannabinoids responsible for a wide variety of effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabidiol, endocannabinoids, Tetrahydrocannabivarin, all of those are terms we had no clue about only a generation ago.
Now, if you are relatively new to cannabis, here’s a quick summary of the most important details to remember to better understand what cannabis is:
- The most sought after and known cannabinoids,which are largely responsible for the plants various effects felt when consumed, are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), and referred to as the potency of a strain quantified in percentage levels contained in a said strain.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the instigator of the “high” effect most users are looking for when consuming cannabis products. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the therapeutic compound responsible for alleviating chronic pain, anxiety, as well as promoting physical recovery for athletes and acts as a sleeping aid.
- There are 3 main type of strains categorized as, Sativas, Indicas and Hybrid which are, you guessed it, a mix of both Sativa and Indica varying in percentages depending on the genetics of the strain.
- Sativas are usually associated with a mood boosting, uplifting and energizing effect. Better used as a day-time smoke for the increase in creativity and hyperfocus state of mind it brings for most users.
- Indicas are most often referred to as the relaxing, pain killing type and benefits the users looking for a soothing and more therapeutic effect. Generally used as a night-time smoke for it’s calming properties and can help many fight insomnia and chronic pain.
- Hybrids are the happy middle ground type of strains benefiting from both ends of the spectrum in terms of effects, taste and smell.
Now that you have a better understanding of the characteristics of the plant, you will be able to make a more informed decision as to which type might be best suited for your needs. If you are leaning more towards Sativas or Sativas-dominant Hybrids, we’ve put together a short list of the most popular Sativas sold in 2021.
Green Crack From Wizard of Oz - 24% THC
Having such a crazy name might deter some to try a strain named Green Crack, but when you realized the name got given to this Sativa-dominant by famous rapper Snoop Dogg after sampling it. With its background from Athens in the 1970s, GC is a cross between Skunk #1 and an Afghan landrace Indica. Leaves have greenish-yellow colors with orange pistils while the clustered buds are dense and coated with white frosty trichomes. This strain will deliver an energetic yet strong cerebral high. The boost of energy reported by users makes Green Crack a great wake and bake strain.
Sour Diesel From Highest Farmacy - 25% THC
Also known as Sour D, is a popular strain with unknown origins and gets its name by the intense fuel-like smell of the plant. The gasoline smell gives away to orange zests and pine sap after buds went through the griner. Be ready for a good cough on a big bowl of this strain. This harsh smoker will grant you a warm and calming head rush but keeps the users alert and sociable. Sour Diesel is a 80% Sativa-dominant great for day time smoke and perfect for those wanting to get stuff done while high.
Super Lemon Haze From Electric City Lights - 25% THC
Super Lemon Haze is probably one of the most quintessential Sativa you can put your hands on. This 80% Sativa-dominant checks all the boxes when it comes to a day-time smoke; energetic cerebral high that brings you in an elevated state of focus while numbing the body, thanks to the heavy-body high given by its 20% Indica genetics of Northern Lights #5. Incredibly potent in its true form touching the 25% THC mark, SLH is not recommended at high dose for novice users as the strain might overwhelm the users with anxiety and slight paranoia. Heavy concentration of the terpene Limonene gives Super Lemon Haze a very enjoyable lemon taste and fragrance.
Amnesia From Empire Ottawa - 20% THC
Amnesia was originally a cross between Bubblegum and Super Silver Haze and although many iterations came to the cannabis market under that name, the combined group won around 18 awards. Amnesia is defined as a good strain for people dealing with anxiety, stress disorders and mood lifting characteristics. The strain produces a bump in energy and creativity and is followed by a light body tingling feeling. Historically sold as “clone-only” by Hy-Pro, this strain will most likely give you the cotton mouth dry-red eyes.