October 6, 2021
For years cannabis users were told that we couldn’t function after consuming cannabis; we’d be stoned, spaced out, in a daze and otherwise unable to behave as normal members of society. We’ve come a long way from those days and now there’s a greater understanding that cannabis is able to open our minds, encourage our bodies and give us the opportunity to connect like never before. We’re learning more about how cannabis can be an amazing tool for both physical and meta-physical well-being.
Different strains of cannabis can be utilized in different settings; whether you are going for a hike, watching the stars, or playing video games there may be a bit more to choosing your strain than just rolling up whatever you’ve got. The freshness of your cannabis also has a lot to do with how it may affect you when it’s consumed, since the older cannabis is, the more sedative it tends to be.
Let’s look at some activities and some recommended strains to pair with them and how they might affect you.
When playing sports, many athletes look to cannabis as a post workout recovery ritual. It is no secret that cannabis can reduce inflammation and help you relax which is great after playing a hard game. But what kind of cannabis could you consume before playing sports or going to work out?
For energy and concentration, a sativa dominant strain with lots of citrus and pine scents tend to be the recommended choice. These aromas tend to give people a feeling of energy and awareness when they are used in aromatherapy, since the smell of fresh lemon is always a great wake up. It’s also advised to try a lower THC strain when doing activity. It isn’t always about getting “stoned” but about concentrating on the goals ahead with a steady mind. You could also try a balanced 1:1 THC to CBD strain for accessing power and relaxation you never knew you had.
Today there’s also greater interest in wanting to consume cannabis as a social activity but not wanting to get stoned. Cue CBD dominant cannabis: Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating substance, meaning you aren’t going to feel the traditional “high” when consuming CBD but you will be able to take part in social settings and benefit from a ton of physiological effects from the cannabis. A great part of CBD-rich cannabis (or Hemp if you are in the USA) is that for some it can produce calming effects; perfect for parties after not seeing people for the last year. CBD-rich cannabis looks, smells and smokes the same as its THC-filled genetic cousins.
Cannabis is a great tool for relaxing. It can help immerse you into a movie and make you feel like a character. It can make you hear parts of music you’ve never heard before. Cannabis is wonderful for allowing us to take a moment and appreciate different aspects of entertainment that our busy minds often rush over. When looking to relax it is great to look for Indica dominant strains with THC percentages above 15%. Consuming an Indica dominant strain is a more sedative-type cannabis experience, and this tends to be associated with “couch lock” (which isn’t always a bad thing if you are a busy person who can’t sit still). Strong Indica strains are great for calming a busy mind and body.
If you enjoy consuming cannabis often you may find that you enjoy hybrid strains that possess elevating and energizing terpenes while having higher count THC and CBD content. These all-around strains are great for a multitude of activities from gardening to reading. Understanding our own reactions to cannabis can really help gauge and understand how new cannabis strains will interact with your body, and this may only come with education and experienced guidance.
The easiest rule of thumb for choosing cannabis strains is that generally Sativa strains will give the consumer more uplifting experiences, but remember it’s still cannabis so you will become intoxicated. Indica strains are much more sedative and relaxing, while hybrid strains are a best of both worlds scenario where you can get a wide range if terpenes and cannabinoid content.
Consuming cannabis is a unique and individual activity, finding the strain and combination of terpenes that works best for you for your desired outcome comes with experimentation. Cannabis can be a remarkable aid when relaxing or socially connecting with our peers. Trying new strains and different genetics is the key to unlocking the best cannabis experience for any individual.
If you have questions about CBD, THC, Sativa/Indica/Hybrid strains visit your local Co-op Cannabis store to speak with one of our product experts.
Please Note: Health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional health advice. This general information is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Any information, advice, or suggestions given by Calgary Co-op staff is not a replacement for medical advice from your Doctor, Dentist, or professional Practitioner. Consult with your healthcare professional with any questions you may have.
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