The end of absolute prohibition, at least in many states, has brought marijuana out from the shadows and into the light. Here in Washington, where both medicinal and recreational use is legal, the change is even more apparent. More people are beginning to understand that there is not just one type of marijuana strain.

To find the type of marijuana best suited to your need and your lifestyle, check out our dispensary menu and keep reading this blog.

What Are the Different Strains?

Scientists first noticed the different effects of different marijuana strains in the 1700s. Some plants and flowers energized users and gave them a strong sense of euphoria, while other varieties had more sedating properties. These observations paved the way for the strain classification we know today.

  • Indica: So named because the first such strains came from India, indica marijuana plants have short, broad leaves. Indica strains have high CBL (cannabidiol) levels, giving them the aforementioned sedative effect.
  • Sativa: This tall and thin strain has high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, so users often feel energized and euphoric. This strain also has a number of industrial and commercial uses.
  • Hybrid: Over the years, growers have cross-bred these two plants to develop marijuana strains that provide a sativa/indica balance. Much of the street marijuana comes from hybrid species.

A fourth strain — Cannabis ruderalis — has an extremely low THC and CBL content, so it is not widely used at all for either personal or commercial purposes. However, the plants produce lots of flowers, so they are very good for crossbreeding purposes.

The Northern Lights strain, which is the one featured in most media photogtaphs, is an indica strain.

Specific Differences

People who want to cultivate marijuana should pay attention to the strain. Because they need lots of warmth, indica plants are best suited for indoor gardens, especially if you live in a cooler climate. The tall and thin sativa plants do best in outdoor gardens, because they need lots of room to grow and they do not need as much warmth. Indica strains usually have higher yields, so keep that in mind as well.

In terms of effects, there are some significant differences as well. People who use marijuana for medicinal purposes should be especially mindful of these distinctions.

  • Sedating Varieties: Sedating indica plants, such as Northern Lights, Grape Ape, and Granddaddy Purple, are very good for treating symptoms like anxiety, muscle spasms, pain and insomnia.
  • Uplifting Varieties: On the other hand, Sour Diesel, Lemon Haze, Jack Herer and other sativa plants address symptoms like depression, mood disorders, fatigue, and ADD.

Hybrids are carefully constructed to give users both uplifting and sedating effects, and specific effects vary greatly according to the specific kind. Taste and other attributes vary as well, so it’s best to get some expert help before making a purchase. Blue Dream, a hybrid strain, is the most popular strain in the United States. Other notably hybrids include Cheese, Gorilla Glue, and White Widow.

Used properly, marijuana can significantly enhance your life, so reach out to a marijuana dispensary today.