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A Journal of Cannabis and Culture

What Are The Effects of These 7 Cannabis Strains?

What Are The Effects of These 7 Cannabis Strains?

BY MARIE LODI

Watermelon Zkittlez. Blueberry Muffins. Do-Si-Dos. When you walk into a medical marijuana dispensary, you can easily be overwhelmed by the vast array of cannabis strains boasting whimsical, Willy Wonka-esque names. Unless you’re a complete weed connoisseur, you might not know where to start when shopping for the flower. But knowing the effects of different strains can help you curate your ideal cannabis experience. Once you become familiar with certain strains and how they operate, whether it’s a couch-locking indica or a chatty sativa, you’ll be able to choose the perfect flower—for any situation—with knowledge and ease.

Effects of Cannabis Strains

In order to understand the effects of different strains, it’s worth schooling yourself on a bit of cannabis’ botanical aspects. There are three different species: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. When it comes to what marijuana is and its therapeutic and psychoactive effects, it’s sativa and indica that you’re thinking of—the former has more of an uplifting and energizing effect, and the latter causes a more relaxed state. (Ruderalis, on the other hand, is overlooked due to its low THC content and short stature, proving it to be inadequate for hemp production.)

Now, with strains and their unique, sometimes comical monikers, there’s rarely a way to know the effect or therapeutic benefit based solely on the names. Of course, your budtender can help explain the differences in the strains piquing your interest. But if you want a quick-start guide, we’ve analyzed seven different cannabis strains for you to explore, whether you’re in need of a nice after-work flower or something energizing enough for a Saturday hike.

Top 7 Medical Marijuana Strains

Key Lime Pie (Hybrid)

Key Lime Pie is a hybrid that leans heavily toward indica, which means you’ll want to reach for it whenever you're looking for a really relaxing body effect. This strain is good for those dealing with pain or aches, and may also help with sleep. Key Lime Pie is definitely best as a nighttime option, or later in the day when you can chill on your couch at home.

Blue Dream (Hybrid)

This hybrid strain is sativa dominant, with a spicy, berry-like aroma, and 18 to 24% THC content. It’s pretty balanced when it comes to its effects, with the ability to bring on both a euphoric, cerebral high and a relaxed body buzz. Some conditions that Blue Dream may help treat include depression, stress, pain, and migraines.

Sour Diesel (Sativa)

This award-winning sativa strain has a strong, skunky, citrus scent. It brings on a serious head high, so if you’re in need of something that will have you melting into the couch, look elsewhere. Sour Diesel is energizing and can help spark creativity while also alleviating stress, pain, fatigue, and depression.

Forbidden Fruit (Indica)

A potent indica strain, Forbidden Fruit is ideal for nighttime enjoyment thanks to its ability to help with sleep issues. The deep, dream-like feelings of relaxation conjured up here will make you forget all about the stresses of your day.

Do-Si-Dos (Indica)

This indica, which has the classic GSC (f.k.a. Girl Scout Cookies) as a parent strain, comes with a substantial THC percentage, so definitely be prepared. It kicks off with a potent cerebral buzz, then transforms into a euphoric daze for both the body and mind. This is another strain that can help with depression, pain, and sleep troubles.

Chemdawg 4 (Hybrid)

While other strains in the Chemdawg family are sativa-leaning, Chemdawg 4 stands out for being an indica-dominant hybrid. The head change comes on quick with this citrusy, pine-scented strain, but over time it develops into a nice and smooth body high. Chemdawg 4 can come in handy for stomach issues, muscle spasms, sleep, and pain.

Cherry Punch (Hybrid)

If you’re looking for a nice daytime strain, Cherry Punch is a good choice thanks to its balanced and easygoing buzz. At first, the sativa-dominant strain might make you more alert (and even restless), but it will level out into a nice high that’s good for work, activities or kickstarting that personal passion project.

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