With cannabis being legalized in a growing number of places across the United States, purchasing it from a bonafide dispensary can be a bit of an intimidating situation, especially for folks that are just for those starting out. With the newfound freedom to experiment and grow all sorts of different types of strains legally, all with a number of different effects, the cannabis market is most definitely expanding at a tremendous rate. As a result, the sheer variety of different cannabis strains that are now available for sale from your local dispensary can leave some overwhelmed and wondering what exactly it is that they want to purchase.
While your friendly neighborhood bud tenders at your local dispensaries will be more than happy to get you up to speed on the variety of different products they have available along with their associated effects, that type of interaction can take some time and might turn off some potential buyers who are seeking a more low key shopping experience. This is especially true when it comes to cannabis enthusiasts that have turned to pot in order to help with their anxiety disorders.
There are at very least over a hundred different cannabinoids that have been identified in the very limited research that has been performed so far on the different effects of cannabis so getting to know what the chemical compounds involved in marijuana such as CBD, THC, THCA along with the main differences between the indicas, sativas, and hybrids is key to identifying which ones will end up working best for you. It is worth noting that CBD, which is not a psychoactive but is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative form of treatment for a number of different conditions such as insomnia, epilepsy, and even opiate withdrawal.
There are also the terpenes found in different strains to take into consideration when choosing your cannabis. They are mostly found in the tiny, crystals that you normally find in close-up pics of particularly nice marijuana buds. It is these terpenes that provide cannabis with its singular, nearly unmistakable aroma. The terpenes are very tiny and consist of units of a compound called isoprene and although less well-known than the major cannabinoids like THC, terpenes are a significant factor in the physiological and psychoactive effects of marijuana. The relationship between terpenes and cannabinoids is known as the “entourage effect,” which refers to a process where compounds present in cannabis which are naturally non-psychoactive individually regulate the overall psychoactive effects of other compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Approximately over two hundred terpenes have been identified in weed, but only a few of these substances appear in amounts that are significant enough to be of note. Hopefully with the ongoing mainstreaming and significantly successful legalization efforts with regards to both medicinal and recreational marijuana in the United States we will be able to have a much clearer picture of just how different types of cannabis and related products have an impact on our daily lives.