Identifying the cannabis strains that suit you best can be a challenging but essential task. With a large variety of strains available, it's natural to feel unsure of where to start. For newcomers to the cannabis scene, finding the perfect strain can be overwhelming, as each strain delivers unique effects. Some strains are better suited for daytime or nighttime use, while others are versatile hybrids that can be consumed at any time.
However, getting a masters degree in cannabis is not required to discover the strains that work for you. All you need to know is the type of experience you want and keep track of what works best for you. Once you have a basic idea of the effects you desire, finding strains that match your preferences becomes easier.
What is a Cannabis Strain?
A cannabis strain, also known as a chemovar, is a cultivated plant with specific characteristics that distinguish it from other cannabis plants. These traits can include differences in appearance, aroma, taste, and chemical composition, such as THC and CBD levels. Overall, a cannabis strain is a distinct variety of the cannabis plant that has been selectively bred and cultivated to produce desired characteristics.
The Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains
When it comes to the effects of cannabis strains, opinions vary. The most widely held belief is that indica strains offer sedating effects, sativa strains offer energizing effects, and hybrid strains provide a mix of both. This is the general guideline that many cannabis users use when selecting strains, and anecdotal evidence seems to support it.
However, there is a problem. From a scientific standpoint, there should be no difference between indica, sativa, or hybrid cannabis strains. Studies have not found any consistent effects associated with these classifications.
Indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis are classified based on their weed leaf types and growth patterns. Indica plants are short and bushy with broad, flat leaves, also known as broad-leaf type cannabis. Sativa plants are tall and slender with thin, narrow leaves, also known as narrow-leaf type cannabis. Hybrids are cannabis plants with one indica parent and one sativa parent.
So, while the theory of distinct effects may hold some merit, more research is needed to confirm it. This is why it's critical to keep track of which strains work for you and when.
What Produces The Effects of Each Strain?
Strains are chosen by individuals based on the desired effects they seek. Although there may be similarities among strains, many users report experiencing distinct effects from each strain. The underlying reason for these similarities is not fully understood, but Dr. Ethan Russo, a prominent cannabis researcher, proposes that the Entourage Effect may be responsible. Essentially, the unique combination of cannabinoids and terpenes in each strain work together to create a distinct profile that interacts with the body in a unique way. While reading reviews and looking for common effects can be helpful, there is no guaranteed way to know how a particular strain will affect you until you try it yourself. Consider it a fun experiment as you explore different strains to discover your ideal match.
How to pick a Cannabis Strain?
Work From Your List of Desired Effects
Rather than simply seeking a “high,” it's important to be specific about your intentions when selecting a cannabis strain. Consider when and how you plan to use it.
- Do you want to use it during the day or night?
- For creative pursuits or to reduce stress?
- To help improve your mindset or reduce stress?
- To help you get to sleep at night?
Different strains may have specific benefits that are better suited to certain goals, and some strains may even have opposing effects. This means you may need to search for multiple strains to achieve different goals. To help you find the right strains, you can look for ones that produce the effects you desire, or consult with an experienced budtender at your local dispensary for personalized recommendations.
Evaluate Your Experiences
Use the Stori App to record the strains you purchased and how it made you feel. You can include ratings, reviews, and notes of each strain every time you try that strain. When you have enough information compiled, you can go through your notes and use the process of elimination to narrow your strains down to a smaller pool.
It’s All Up To You
While many cannabis users are quick to recommend their favorite strains to their friends and family, there’s always a chance that your opinion will be the exact opposite of theirs. Cannabis may not affect you the same way it affects other people. Put on some music from YouTube, Sample for yourself and learn.
How Stori helps you understand what strains work for you
Stori keep you organized
Stori is not just another stash box where you can toss your herbs. Stori makes it easier to keep yourself organized while you sample various strains. Put them in your Stori pods and label the color-coded lids with the strain information. Stori's marker can be used to write the name of a strain on a lid, or the Stori App can be utilized to keep strains organized while on the go. The App uses the color system to help add strains to the corresponding pods and tubes, providing insights into the strains being stored. Your can organize your uplifting strains in your light coloured StORI Pods (orange, yellow, pink) and your calming and sedating strains in your darker colour lids ( purple, blue, green). We would love to hear more about how you're using the colour coded system! The colour coded Stori Tubes help you store you roaches in the corresponding tubes so you don't accidently pick up your sleepy tyime strain on the way to a sunday brunch with your friends. With Stori, organizing your cannabis strains is effortless, and you can consume cannabis with total confidence, whether smoking, vaping, or ingesting. Stori has made it possible to take cannabis storage into the future.You’ll always know which strain you’re trying, and every strain will stay fresh until you’ve had a chance to evaluate their effects and the way they work for you.
Stori keeps your weed fresh
The child-resistant Stori case is designed to store your cannabis in optimal conditions. You wouldn’t put your wine bottle in a plastic bag in the back of your sock drawer, right? Your cannabis doesn’t belong there, either. The Stori Pods are not any ordinary ceramic jars or containers. Stori pods are made from a durable metal (aluminum) keeping the sun out, they are air tight, smell proof with their airtight seal and are discreet.