When I first started shopping at the dispensary in Albuquerque, I noticed that the strains were divided into three groups.
Nearly every product was labeled as indica, sativa or hybrid.
I learned that indicas are typically associated with sedating, relaxing effects, and they’re recommended for nighttime use. Sativa strains are considered energizing and uplifting. They offer cerebral effects and are used for social gathering, creative projects and physical activity. Hybrids are a mix of the two. Now that I’m more knowledgeable and comfortable with shopping for cannabis, I realized that cannabinoids and terpenes are more important. The strains that make up a particular strain’s chemical profile make the difference in the effects. The terms indica, sativa and hybrid are actually botanical names that refer to the plan’ts origins and structure. Those classifications are so common because they are easy. I am very lucky that the budtenders at my favorite Albuquerque weed shop are really knowledgeable and willing to share information. They made recommendations about strains, consumption methods and strains. I’ve figured out that I prefer non-smoking methods such as edibles and tinctures. I’ve gotten accustomed to the delayed onset and more intense effects of cannabis infused gummies, chocolates and cookies. I like how simple they are. I can enjoy an edible without needing specialized gear. They don’t create any mess or smoke or odors. I take edibles to treat issues with insomnia and migraines. Those strains with equal percentages of CBD and THC help to alleviate the pain and relax me. The plant-based medicine doesn’t cause any adverse side-effects.