Top Questions to Ask Your Budtender
This article was originally written for Colorado-based Silverpeak Cannabis, a grower of premium cannabis. The original article can be found here: Top Questions to Ask Your Budtender
Knowing what you want before you visit a dispensary can help your budtender help you make the right choice.
Cannabis is a very complex plant. Each variety and strain has its own mix of cannabinoids and terpenes, and therefore provides a particular set of effects. Knowing what you want before you visit a dispensary can help your budtender help you make the right choice.
Humans rely on a number of plants to help them get through their daily routines and achieve particular results. Specific plants are consumed for the unique active compound they contain — caffeine in coffee, ethanol (alcohol) in wine, and nicotine in tobacco. Caffeine and nicotine are both stimulants, and ethanol is a depressant. But cannabis is a plant of a wholly different kind. It can be both a stimulant and a depressant and also has a variety of other effects.
Knowing which effects you seek upon arriving at the dispensary, and communicating those desires to your budtender, will likely allow you to find the product that provides the effects you want.
Why Cannabis Has a Range of Effects
Cannabis produces a wide variety of active compounds. The most abundant and effectual of these are cannabinoids and terpenes. And each strain has a unique cannabinoid and terpene profile which accounts for its particular aromas and effects.
For example, indicas are generally higher in CBD and myrcene than sativas and produce a much more pronounced body high and may induce drowsiness, while Sativas are generally lower in CBD and higher in terpenes such as pinene and limonene which can produce more uplifting effects.
Hybrids are crossbreeds of both indicas and sativas, and depending on their lineage they will have aspects of both.
What Do You Need?
Given the genetics of each specific cannabis strain, it is important to understand what effect you seek from cannabis. If you’re trying to get some sleep, you don’t want to be using a strain that has marked stimulant effects. And conversely, if you’re trying to maintain alertness and get stuff done, you don’t want to be using a strain that will make you sleepy and inactive. These are just two examples of a wide range of considerations.
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