Delta 8 THC strains play a vital role in the type of experience you have. Some products promote concentration and energy, while other products promote relaxation and peace. However, choosing the right type of product depends on your desired experience. We’ll help you decide the right Delta 8 THC strain based on your preference
The Difference Between Indica and Sativa
There are some very noticeable differences between Indica and Sativa. Although researchers have found a distinction between the two species; oftentimes it is marijuana that is more Sativa, while Hemp is more Indica. However, many believe it to work differently due to personal experiences.
Don’t rely on the hearsay of others or even one study from a pile of more than one-hundred that have been conducted on the Hemp plant. For decades, people believe that these are the key differences between Sativa and Indica:
When it comes to appearance, a Sativa plant is taller and slimmer, and the leaves are longer and much thinner. When using a Sativa strain, you will experience more of a head high, providing an uplifting and euphoric feeling that boosts your creative juices. Also, it promotes energy and alertness. Sativa is best used during the day time.
Another factor that gives Sativa it’s notable characteristics is the low levels of CBD. Products like Hemp Flower naturally produce CBD, and Sativa strains tend to produce low levels of CBD. This is because CBD has the opposite effects of CBD. In other words, CBD is meant to slow you down while Sativa promotes more uplifting characteristics.
When it comes to appearance, an Indica plant is shorter and bushier, while the leaves are shorter and wider. When using an Indica strain, you can expect more of a body high, which can help stimulate your appetite, and promote relaxation. It is used for its sedative-like characteristics by working to promote sleep. Indica is best used during night time.
While Sativa doesn’t tend to focus on CBD, Indica strains typically do. This is because Indica is usually associated with relaxation, so CBD fits right into this equation. One common misconception is that Indica will put you right to sleep. While this may be true for some people, it’s not true for everyone. Therefore, individual experiences will vary depending on your overall tolerance.
In short, Hybrids are two strains that are crossed together as one to create a whole new strain; which tends to provide the best traits from each strain. This often happens when a breeder is trying to develop a strain. There are many hybrid strains used today, and you'll find one strain is more dominant than the other.
A common misconception is that if you’re using an Indica, you’re only consuming Indica. What is not known to many people is that Indica can have some Sativa, and Sativa can have some Indica. So, what determines a strain is how much Indica or Sativa is in it. This is known as a dominant strain, usually a true Indica will be 90% - 80% and Hybrids are usually either 50% - 60%, but percentages can vary.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect is an idea that active cannabis compounds can increase or enhance activity when combined with inactive compounds. The two compounds come together synergistically in the Endocannabinoid System to increase the effects, rather than strictly relying on an isolated compound. In other words, the cannabinoids in a full spectrum hemp product (contains all cannabinoids without extraction and isolation) work together, delivering a greater effect, rather than consuming larger quantities of an isolated product to achieve the same results.
What makes the entourage effect great is how it can react with other chemicals like coffee or alcohol. It’s really about how the active cannabinoids in Hemp (Delta 8 THC) react with other cannabinoids. Research has shown when you take low amounts of caffeine you more than likely won’t need that much THC. However, when you take high amounts of caffeine your body can crave higher amounts of THC. Also, if you take too much THC you can balance it out by taking CBD - which is a different Cannabinoid.
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The Terpenes are what gives each Delta 8 THC product its unique flavor. They not only work to enhance the product's flavor but also the experience. For example - Strawberry Cough is a cross between the OG Haze strain (Sativa) and Strawberry Fields Strain (Indica). However, it’s more Sativa Dominant but infused with specific Terpenes that gives it that sweet taste. So, you’re getting all the properties from the Strawberry Cough Terpenes and the uplifting properties from the Sativa.
Another great example of how Terpenes work is in the Focus Delta 8 THC Tincture. This product has Pulegone, Cedrene, and b-pinene Terpenes. Also, because this product has Pulegone - it has a strong peppermint flavor. The additional Terpenes help enhance the flavor of the Tincture. Our Focus Tincture uses an Indica strain which is associated with up-lifting properties. A little goes a long way when using our Tinctures.
Choosing The Right Delta 8 THC Strain
Now that you know a little more about the difference in strains and the entourage effect - let’s talk about choosing the right Delta 8 THC strain. First and foremost, what are the desired effects you’re hoping to obtain from Delta 8 THC? Are you looking for something to help start your day or to end your day with? Do you want an intense head high or something that won’t leave you feeling too high?
Indica and Hybrid strains are often referred to as daytime strains. This is due to their energetic appeal; also, people who take these strains are typically worried about feeling sleepy. We usually include Terpenes that are known to enhance the strains properties. Finally, Indica is the preferred strain for those who are finishing their day. We make sure to include more mellow Terpenes to products that use this strain.
Delta 8 THC Products
When it comes to choosing the right Delta 8 THC strain you have to consider what Delta 8 THC products you want to use. Some products tend to get you high a lot faster than others but might be less potent. Another thing to consider is the flavors associated with certain strains - you might choose an Indica over a Sativa because you prefer a certain flavor. Although you might be a fan of a Sativa strain, you might enjoy the flavor a lot better of an Indica product.
One more important factor to consider is how much you take of the product. Each product has a recommended dosage; if you don’t have much experience with THC we recommend taking less than the suggested dosage. Although it might not seem like a lot, it can be very potent depending on the product you take. Therefore, regardless of the strain - you might feel the Delta 8 hit you very hard if you’re not used to it. The type of product you take matters as much as the strain you’re taking.