When I was new to cannabis, I found the product categories very helpful.
I would shop for indicas, sativas or hybrids and have a general idea of the effects.
It made my choices easier. For the most part, I could expect indicas to be more of a full-body high. They tend to be relaxing and good for treating insomnia. They offer higher CBD percentages but can also include high THC content as well. Indicas are typically recommended for nighttime use. Sativas deliver more of a cerebral high. They are great for getting inspired, motivated or creative. Sativas usually offer high THC percentages and lower CBD levels and are suggested for daytime use. Hybrids tend to target specific effects. There are those hybrid strains bred to alleviate pain and inflammation, increase appetite, lessen stress or combat depression. Now that I’ve become a bit more knowledgeable in cannabis, I’ve learned that these classifications have more to do with botany than effects. They refer to the origins and characteristics of the plant. When I browse the options at the dispensary, I pay attention to cannabinoid and terpene content. The percentages of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids as well as the type of terpene are responsible for the potency, flavor and effects. The consumption method also plays a part, influencing onset, intensity and duration of effects. I’ve done quite a bit of careful experimentation to determine the strains that work best for me. I’ve tried out the different consumption methods and played around with dosages. While I’ve found my favorites, I still enjoy giving new products a try. I’m always hoping to discover new favorites.