Forms of THC

THC

If you’re new to THC and trying to figure out which product is right for you, you’ll come across a lot of unfamiliar terms and acronyms. You probably weren’t anticipating a chemistry class when you’re just trying to find something to help you relax. However, different forms of THC can give you varying effects. Although more clinical trials need to be done, more and more research is indicating that different forms of THC can help supplement treatment for anxiety, pain, nausea, or sleeplessness. [1]

Read on to see the differences between THC strains, potency, and types of products to get a good sense of which type is right for you. everscore.com

Strains

Sativa

Sativa cannabis strains grow best in warmer parts of the world with high humidity near the Equator. Sativa strains are tall, slender plants that feature skinny leaves that are light green in nature. Smoking or ingesting Sativa, generally affects the head and makes an individual feel more energized and better focused. Sativa strains tend to be best for daytime use as using them at night may cause insomnia.

When it comes to aroma, sativas smell sweet, fruity, or spicy. This difference in aroma is the result of terpenes, the molecules within the plant that are cousins to cannabinoids like THC and CBD. While these chemicals provide sometimes stunningly pungent odors, their greatest benefit to patients is actually their medicinal efficacy.[2]

Why Do People Commonly Use Sativa?

There are many reasons people use Sativa cannabis strains. Some common reasons are listed below:

  • Help ease depression symptoms
  • Ease headaches
  • Decrease nausea
  • Help combat appetite loss
  • Better focus

There are numerous Sativa cannabis strains available. A few of the most popular strains include:

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Panama Red
  • Durban Poison
  • Sour Diesel
  • Green Crack
  • Jack Herer
  • Lemon Haze
  • Super Silver Haze

Indica Strains

Indica cannabis plants are typically grown in dry, mountainous climates in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Physically, the plants are short and bushy with broad, dark green leaves. The buds themselves tend to be a lot denser in Indica plants versus Sativa plants.

Indica effects tend to focus more on the body, you may have heard this referred to as “couch lock.” Since Indica strains tend to be relaxing, they are best for nighttime use. Using them during the day can cause drowsiness.

When it comes to aroma, indica strains tend to emit musty, earthy, and skunky odors. This difference in aroma is the result of terpenes, the molecules within the plant that are cousins to cannabinoids like THC and CBD. While these chemicals provide sometimes stunningly pungent odors, their greatest benefit to patients is actually their medicinal efficacy.[2]

Why Do People Commonly Use Indica Strains?

There are many reasons people choose Indica strains. Some common reasons are listed below:

  • To relieve body pain (especially muscle pain)
  • Reduce nausea
  • Increase appetite
  • Help ease insomnia symptoms
  • Reduce anxiety symptoms

There are numerous Indica cannabis strains available. A few of the most popular strains include:

  • Hindu Kush
  • Granddaddy Purple
  • Bubba Kush
  • Northern Lights
  • Blue Cheese
  • Purple Kush

Hybrid Cannabis Strains

Hybrids are new and unique strains that are bred from parents of different types. A hybrid theoretically possesses many or most of the beneficial medical properties of both its parents. Breeders can “cross” any two strains they desire in an effort to create a new strain. It should be noted that any two strains can be mixed to create a hybrid. While indica/sativa mixes are common, breeders can also mix indicas with other indicas or use two sativas as parents. The effects a person receives from using these strains depends on the combination of parent strains used.[2]

Why Do People Commonly Use Hybrid Strains?

People may use hybrid strains for a number of reasons. How they help depends on whether they are more Indica or Sativa. Some people use hybrids because the effects on the head or the body may not be as potent. Other times, the effect is even stronger than a typical strain.

There are hundreds of hybrid cannabis strains. A few of the most popular include:

  • Fire OG
  • Trainwreck
  • Pineapple Express
  • Blue Dream
  • OG Kush
  • White Widow
  • AK-47

How to Choose the Right Strain Type for You

It all depends on how you want to feel! Different occasions are matched with different products. If you want a balanced experience that offers light relaxation and a little focus, you could choose a hybrid. The best way to choose is to understand what you want to experience from your strain. The most common reasons people use each strain are listed above.

Potency and Product Types

Flower

This refers to the dried flowers, or “bud” of the cannabis plant, which is the smokable part of the plant. Potency of flower can vary between 12-45% THC, depending on the cannabis strain, growing environment, and cultivation techniques. Over the years, growers have continually increased the THC potency of flower through selective breeding. Flowers are the starting point of most products.

Edibles

Edibles can come in many forms including gummies, cookies, and chocolate. Potency of edibles is measured in milligrams. The effects of any ingested products can take up to 2 hours to fully take effect. Some practices such as NANO can rapidly decrease this onset. Typically, the effects of edible products can last longer than inhalables. We always recommend a consumer start as small as possible and work their way up to the desired effects.

Extracts

Extracts are concentrated forms of the cannabis plant. While many forms are extracted using solvents such as ethanol or butane, other forms of extracts are made with mechanical or solventless methods. Using various post extraction refinement techniques, products such as distillate are formed boasting the highest THC content available. Distillate potency typically sits around 85-95% THC. Other types of extracts include inhalable cartridges, “dabbable” extracts, broad spectrum cannabis oils.

Cartridges come in different sizes including 0.5 gram and 1 full gram. Some cartridges are 510 thread, meaning they attach to any 510 thread battery. While other cartridges are “pods” which pair with specific battery systems. Some cartridges are “disposable” meaning they have a built in battery and are meant to be disposed of after use.

“Dabable” extracts are extracts meant as inhalable products to be “dabbed” or added to flower products to enhance the experience. Examples of “dabable” extracts include:

  • Live resin
  • Diamonds
  • Shatter
  • Sauce
  • Wax
  • Crumble
  • Sugar
  • Bubble Hash (Solventless)
  • Rosin (Solventless)

Tinctures are liquid cannabis products made using various methods and precise formulations targeted to specific ailments. Tinctures come in many ingredients, flavors, potencies and cannabinoid formulations. Intended to be consumed orally, most tinctures include a graduated dropper for precise dosage. Consuming tinctures sublingually, under the tongue, can increase onset of these products.

Topicals

Topical products are products applied externally to the skin such as lotions, balms, salves, patches, and serums. These products come in many formulations typically targeting joint pains and wellness. Many topical consumers use these products for recovery, pain, and isolated ailments.

Sources
  1. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabinoids-what-you-need-to-know
  2. https://www.crescolabs.com/