The conversation with your budtender usually starts with the two main types of cannabis, Sativa and Indica. They tend to begin their strain recommendation by asking what’s your goal —energizing effects or deep relaxation.
All that is based on the mainstream “knowledge” that frames Sativas as the head-high, invigorating, creative, energizing effects ones; and Indicas, the type that offers a full-body experience triggering deep relaxation and even reducing insomnia.
Despite how deeply rooted is that belief in the cannabis culture, research is still limited and the results of many studies are showing that both Sativa and Indica have many things in common. As a matter of fact, is now clear that the chemical compounds in each strain, meaning the cannabinoids and terpenes in it, plus the growing technique used, are the ones that determine the effects you will feel.
So, the answer to the question of which type should you buy for your dab pen is not that straight forward.
Understanding strain effects
Individual plants produce varying effects, it doesn’t matter if it’s Sativa or Indica. Actually, those names refer to botanical differentiators, not paraphernalia or things happening in your body.
If cannabinoids and terpenes are the deal makers here, and each strain is distinguished by their individual content or these compounds. Let’s get clear about what are those.
We can go nerdy about this topic and talk about the dozens of different cannabinoids marijuana has, their properties, benefits, and uses. But even researchers are still figuring out what cannabinoids do in particular, so let’s just identify the two main ones —Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD.)
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis plants, and CBD is the non-psychoactive.
This compound in the cannabis plant represents directly the plant’s flavor and aroma. When the growers write or your budtender is talking about “notes of chamomile and tea tree” or “peppery, spicy hints”, he/she is talking about terpenes.
To decide which THC dab to try consider the above criteria and include desired effects, potency, and of course, budget.
The recommendation in sum is to focus on the description the grower and dispensary provide about that specific strain or breed, instead of the type. The final decision is always yours, I will leave below a few of my all-time favourites. Give them a try and stay high!