Buying THC at a dispensary is still a novel experience for many of us. We’ll outline all you need to know about the type of THC you’ll find in a dispensary to get you started.
The Different THC Products You Can Buy
Cannabis comes in many forms at the dispensary, so you can choose the product that best suits how you’d like to consume your THC.
Flower – The flower is the cannabis bud in its natural state – harvested, trimmed, and dried so that only the potent parts remain. Flower can be smoked in a bowl or a pipe, or rolled into a joint or blunt. You can also bake it into edibles.
Edibles – Eating cannabis has come a long way since the days of baking a batch of brownies or cookies. You can still buy baked treats, but sweets, chocolates, mints, popcorn, cooking butter, drinks, and many more products are now available too.
Topicals – Cannabis-infused lotions, oils, balms, or sprays can be applied to the skin topically. These products are generally designed to deliver targeted relief to your chosen area of the body by harnessing the pain-relieving effects of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. You also won’t get high from using most topicals.
Concentrates – When you remove excess plant material and other impurities from a cannabis flower, concentrates are what get left behind. Concentrates are highly potent and can be vaporized for an almost immediate effect. Kief (a type of concentrate) can be sprinkled onto a bowl or along a joint to increase its THC content.
Tinctures – Tinctures are created by steeping the cannabis plant in alcohol and bottling it. They’re usually dosed from a dropper, delivering a reliable hit of THC when it’s needed. Because tinctures are consumed sublingually (under the tongue), the onset time can be as fast as 15 minutes.
Indica vs Sativa vs Hybrid
Cannabis has been engineered into countless different varieties. These can generally be categorized into Indica strains, Sativa strains, or a hybrid of the two.
Sativa Strains – the ‘daytime’ variety
The euphoric feelings associated with Sativa cannabis strains are often described as a ‘head high’. Sativa varieties are uplifting, energetic, and productive. They can offer a focused and creative experience, for those looking to explore new thoughts and heighten their motivation. Some users find Sativa strains help to fight depression.
Popular Sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Durban Poison, Acapulco Gold, and Purple Haze.
Indica Strains – the ‘nighttime’ variety
Known for creating a ‘body high’, Indica strains carry a lot of the characteristics stereotypically associated with cannabis. Higher concentrations of CBD and other soothing cannabinoids induce physical relaxation, sedation, and sleepiness. Indica varieties are known for giving users ‘the munchies’, and can help with insomnia and anxiety.
Popular Indica strains include Northern Lights, Bubba Kush, Shishkaberry, Granddaddy Purp, and Afghan Kush.
The characteristics we’ve given above for Indica and Sativa strains of cannabis refer to extreme versions of both. In reality, many of the strains you find in dispensaries will be hybrids to different degrees. This is a great thing, as it allows users to experience favorable combinations of cannabinoids from both groups.
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