How does cannabis affect you?

Cannabis affects everyone differently. How you describe your reactions to a certain strain might not be how another would describe it. This is partially due to our body's Endocannabinoid System which is found in your body even if you don’t use cannabis. Although the cannabinoids found in cannabis can affect everyone differently, knowing the plant and its properties can provide a pretty good guideline of what you might expect from any certain strain. The following is a list of some common terms to know when picking out that perfect strain. Remember to “start low and go slow.”  It can also help to keep a strain journal to catalogue what could be an exciting and informative journey.


THC and CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two main and well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC and CBD both affect your Endocannabinoid System but in different ways. While they are both psychoactive, CBD doesn’t produce the same “high” feelings often described with THC. CBD can actually help reduce the unwanted effects of THC such as euphoria or sedation. Below is a short list of some of the common uses of THC versus CBD.

THC

CBD


Cannabis Types

There are two main cannabis types, Indica and Sativa.

Indica is typically sought out for its relaxation effect. If you are looking for a calm and relaxing experience an Indica is a good place to start. Great for evening or night-time use as it is often reported to cause drowsiness.

Sativa is often looked at for its energizing and uplifting effects. Start your search with a Sativa if you are looking for a more wakeful and creative experience.

Hybrids are strains that are the product of breeding two cannabis types together. A Hybrid is usually a half and half split between Indica and Sativa but if the resulting strain is more than a 60/40 split it is considered an Indica Dominant Hybrid or a Sativa Dominant Hybrid. Hybrids are sought after for a blend of their parents' features.


Terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in most plants. Some of these compounds can be found in plants such as lavender, citrusy fruits and even cloves. These same terpenes are found in cannabis in high concentrations. Terpenes can provide great benefits to things like sleep, mood and appetite and are often in everyday scents such as perfumes, body products and candles. Knowing a certain strain's terpene profile can greatly help you find what best works for you.

The following is a list of 12 terpenes frequently found in cannabis.

Myrcene Also found in lemongrass, thyme, and mangoes. Myrcene often smells of earthy tones but can also have a fruity aroma. Found often in Indicas with sedative features, it has also been reported to help with Inflammation and pain.

Limonene Also found in lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. Limonene has a citrusy scent and is found in all citrus fruits. It is reported to help improve mood and stress. It has also been found to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Caryophyllene Also found in cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper. Caryophyllene has a spicy or peppery smell. Caryophyllene has anti-anxiety and pain-relieving properties. It is also great for anti-inflammatory topicals and creams.

Pinene Also found in pine, dill, and rosemary. Pinene smells like and is found largely in pine trees. It has been found to help with respiratory systems and help open airways. Pinene can also help counteract the short-term memory loss caused by THC. Like many others, Pinene also has anti-inflammatory effects.

Linalool Also found in lavender, roses, and neroli. Linalool has a floral aroma and is known for its strong sedative and relaxing properties. It has been known to help with arthritis, insomnia and even depression.

Humulene Also found in hops, cloves, and basil. Humulene can have a woodsy or earthy smell. Humulene can also be effective as an appetite suppressant as well as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a pain reliever like many other terpenes.

Bisabolol Also found in chamomile, sage, and candeia. Bisabolol has a nice floral smell. It can be a great antioxidant with anti-irritation and pain-relieving properties as well as an anti-bacterial property.

Terpineol Also found in pine, lilacs, and apple blossoms. Terpineol can be floral scented with a hint of citrus. It has shown antibiotic and antioxidant properties and can be very sedative.

Terpinolene Also found in apples, sage, and juniper. Terpinolene can have a fresh floral or pine smell as well as a hint of citrus. It has shown signs of being a great antioxidant as well as a great anti-anxiety and sleep aid. Terpinolene has also shown signs of improving cholesterol levels.

Eucalyptol Also found in wormwood, bay leaves, and eucalyptus. Eucalyptol can have a cool minty smell but doesn’t often take front stage. It can be a great pain reliever and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Geraniol Also found in roses, citronella, and geraniums. Geraniol can smell of rose grass and fruity smells. It is an antioxidant but has also shown potential as a neuroprotectant.

Borneol Also found in turmeric, thyme, and cinnamon. Borneol is known for its woodsy aroma. It is an effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever as a topical. It has been found to reduce stress and fight fatigue leaving people relaxed but not tired.

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