Different strains of cannabis can affect your body in different ways based on the levels of THC and CBD and depending on the species of weed they originate from. Depending on the high you want (e.g. a ‘head high’ with euphoric and energising effects or a ‘body high’ with calming and sedative effects) will affect the strain you buy. You can research most strains of weed online such as Area 52 to find more details on the different highs. Below, we’ll look at the different species of weed, a few of the most popular strains and how they affect your body.
Types of Weed
There are two main species of weed that most strains are bred from: Indica and Sativa. The Indica species is said to be calming and sedating whereas Sativa is uplifting and euphoric.
The levels of THC and CBD found in weed affects what it does to your body. More THC produces the ‘high’ you get with smoking weed as it has psychoactive effects that can alter mood, alertness, and cognitive functioning. CBD, however, is shown to have relaxing effects on the body rather than psychoactive effects like THC. CBD is also thought to relieve pain.
Indica produces larger amounts of THC and lower levels of CBD meaning this is considered a ‘strong’ weed that gives you more of a body high. The levels give a relaxing or sedating effect and is commonly used before bed by people who experience insomnia.
The Sativa species has lower levels of THC compared to Indica giving it energising effects; the Sativa strains are usually consumed in the morning or afternoon. The levels of these strains can also help you focus or be more creative and is described as more of a head high.
Strains are formed from each of these species and have been found to have different effects on your body. Below, we’ll look at just a few of the most popular strains to see how the different levels of THC and CBD can work to affect you.
Most Common Strains
The Sour Diesel strain is created with 90% Sativa and 10% THC and is one of the most popular strains due to its energising and euphoric effects. It’s the ultimate pick-me-up and is usually enjoyed in the morning for a wake and bake session to get you pumped for the day.
Sour Diesel has more highs than lows but consuming a bit too much may leave you with a dry mouth and eyes. If you’re a newbie with Sour Diesel, the high can be full on leading to paranoia and anxiety, so go steady on this one!
Purple Kush is a pure Indica strain. Its effects can help treat symptoms of anxiety and depression and it can be surprisingly effective in relieving both chronic and situational pain. Purple Kush has calming effects that eases you straight into physical relaxation. Smokers of Purple Kush may appreciate calming music rather than stimulating surroundings as you are brought into a state of contentment. This strain is one for night-time enjoyment.
The high of the Blue Dream strain is arguably the perfect balance of Indica and Sativa. Blue Dream is 18% THC but with a low CBD percentage making this a perfect strain for beginners and veterans. The balance of the levels of CBD and THC gives you full body relaxation along with euphoric cerebral stimulation making this a highly popular strain enjoyed by many. It’s great for alleviating pain and depression and is a wonderful introductory strain.
As you can see, the different strains of weed and levels of THC and CBD can have different effects on your body and can alter how you feel. Choosing the right strain depends on what kind of high you’re looking for.