A quick guide to buying cannabis

July 11, 2019

Choosing the right marijuana strain can be tricky. However, you must understand the type of effects you want from the strain. It is crucial because the buds usually vary in smell, effects, and look.

What should you do? First, think of what you aspire to achieve as this will to a great extent, determine the kind of marijuana strain you will be using. 

What’s in this post?

Through the following three steps, this post helps you choose the right marijuana strain for your use.

First: strain type


Marijuana comes in distinct varieties. They are:

  • Sativa strain– like steroids such as testosterone Cypionate, these strains are best for energy purposes. They have a high amount of THC, the primary psychoactive constituent in marijuana. They promote your energy levels and boost your creative thinking.

It is a popular strain for social gatherings or parties as it helps evoke conversations. However, high doses of these strains, mainly those having over 18% THC levels might encourage paranoia or anxiety is some people.

On the other hand, athletes and bodybuilders use steroids to improve performance and build lean body muscles. The most popular sativa strains are Sour Diesel, Casey Jones, Golden Goat, and Lemon Skunk.

  • Indica strain – it is the best marijuana strain for sleep. It comes with many factors, which contributes to soporific effects of marijuana. Indica-dominant marijuana strains will probably cause a more predictable sleepy feeling.

Therefore, these strains help treat sleep apnea and insomnia. Also, it has cannabinoid (cannabinol CBN), which helps encourage sleep. Cannabinol CBN is a product that you can achieve by cannabis degeneration and therefore, you may create it by allowing your strain to dry out for some time in the sun.

Lab test might help you know if the product has CBN and if yes, to what degree. Therefore, the results will help you choose the right product for your use. As well, you can rely on the traditional go-to indica strains for sleep such as Bubba Kush, BC God Bud, White Rhino, and Granddaddy Purple.

  • Hybrid strain – it contains both indica and sativa effects. It balances between relaxations and euphoric effects. It can either be indica-dominant or sativa dominant. There are hundreds of alternatives you can choose from, including Pineapple Express, Blue Dream, and Trainwreck.

Second: the most popular marijuana components


Marijuana has 400+ compounds and having a look at them help you understand their effects. Therefore, depending on what you want, you will choose a strain that provides the same effects. The components are:

  • CBD vs. THC – these two are the most crucial marijuana compounds. THC is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant and provides a multitude of medicinal benefits like pain relief, anti-medic, euphoria, and appetite stimulation.

On the other hand, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant that offers you medicinal effects like pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety. You can choose CBD-dominant, THC-dominant, or better find a strain with a balance of the two components. 

Apart from the primary compounds (THC and CBD), other vital marijuana compounds that you may consider while choosing your strain includes:

  • THCA – it is tetrahydrocannabinol acid that is comparable to THC. However, it does not produce any psychoactive effects. It helps in suppressing inflammation as a result of autoimmune and arthritis diseases. Also, it can help suppress signs of neurological issues such as ALS and Parkinson’s disease.
  • CBN – the compound helps you ease symptoms and adverse effects of neurological problems, including seizures, irrepressible muscle tautness, and epilepsy.
  • CBG –the component might help suppress anxiety and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • CBDA – it is constituent that provides antioxidant, cancer preventive, and antibacterial effects.

Third: the different main terpenes


They are the aromatic constituents of marijuana plants and fruits. Therefore, terpenes contribute to the strain’s flavor, smell, as well as produce cannabis effects. Terpenes are the critical factors in determining if the marijuana strain feels uplifted, sleepy, or somewhere between the two.

Below are some of terpenes compounds with their medicinal effects:

  • Ocimene – it is a terpene that produces notes of parsley, mango, and basil. Its main effects can include preventing bacteria and viruses and easing congestion.
  • Limonene – it provides bright, fast citrus notes. It might help boost mood and suppress stress.
  • Pinene – just like its name hints, this terpene produces an overpowering pine smell. It can enhance memory, suppress pain, and lessen some of the unpleasant signs of THC, like coordination issues and nausea.
  • Myrcene – it the most common type of terpene. It might fight anxiety and sleeplessness for you to sleep better.
  • Bisabolol – it produces tea tree oil and chamomile notes. It might reduce irritation and inflammation. Also, it may provide pain-relieving and microbial effects.
  • Linalool – it produces floral notes and may help enhance mood and improve relaxation.
  • Caryophyllene – it is a peppery, spicy fragment that may reduce anxiety, improve ulcers, and lessen signs of depression.


Even with the many medicinal benefits that marijuana strain offers, you must be cautious while using it. The strains may cause some risks and therefore, understand these risks and their benefits ensure that you choose your strain wisely.