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Strains at Options Medical Center

For years, we’ve wondered if we’d ever understand why different strains of cannabis have different effects. Eventually, it became common to categorize cannabis by indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, but that didn’t fully explain why every strain is so different.

Cannabis connoisseurs will tell you that every strain is unique in its own way. Thanks to recent advancements in the cannabis industry, we’re starting to see that a strain’s unique terpene profile plays a huge role in determining which effects it will have.

Types of Cannabis

Before you can shop for cannabis strains by terpene profile, it’s essential to come into the process with an idea of the types of experience you’d like to have. An experienced budtender can help educate you and walk you through all of your different options to match a strain with your desired effects. Please do keep in mind, though, that it’s not possible to predict your exact experience with 100% certainty. What you’re really doing is picking a strain based on the way that most people say it makes them feel. You still might want to make adjustments as you learn more about which strains appeal to you most.

Best Cannabis Strains for Energy and Focus

In the past, people used to refer to strains that inspired creativity, bursts of energy, and a feeling of focus as “sativa strains.” That may not be completely accurate, though, as the sativa label really has as much to do with how a plant grows as it does with the actual terpene profile and, therefore, the effects. Today, we can more accurately talk about different strains of cannabis in terms of the impact they have for an average person. 

Thanks to feedback from our customers as well as information online, we’re starting to have a better idea of which strains commonly lead to feelings of energy, focus, and creativity. This kind of experience is also commonly known as a “head high.” It’s something people typically look for when they plan on enjoying cannabis during the day or when they still want to be productive and active. 

Best Cannabis Strains for Calmness and Relaxation

On the other end of the cannabis spectrum, we have strains that typically make people feel calm, relaxed, and even sleepy. Previously known as “indica strains,” this type of flower normally makes people feel a little bit heavy (in a comfortable, “stuck to the couch” kind of way) and occasionally hungry. It’s a common choice among people who want to have a mellow experience.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, we recommend talking to your local budtender about which items from the dispensary menu are likely to produce a “body high.” Since these strains have a reputation for making people feel exceptionally calm and relaxed, they’re generally associated with nighttime sessions. Stop by to navigate some of these options on our dispensary menu, and we’ll send you home with something perfect for your next movie night. 

Balanced Cannabis Strains for Calm Focus

Between the two polar extremes of creative energy and calm relaxation, we have all the other types of cannabis strains. These hybrid strains offer more balanced effects, which makes them desirable for people who don’t want their cannabis experience to be too extreme in one way or another. If you’re new to cannabis and first trying different strains, this might be an excellent place to start. You can find strains that lean a little bit more toward either energy or relaxation, or you can get something that’s right down the middle.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds that naturally occur in cannabis and other plants. They’re kind of like the essential oils that give these plants their own unique smells and tastes. We recently learned that they could also affect the way a body processes cannabinoids. This is called the entourage effect– like some people, cannabinoids act differently depending on the crew they have with them. To help you get a better grasp on the entourage effect, here are a few of the most common terpenes:

  • Limonene – Known for a citrus flavor, this terpene is believed to be relieving for people who have anxiety or stress.
  • Caryophyllene – A taste like black pepper means your cannabis probably contains this terpene. It’s common in strains that people choose to make themselves feel great physically.
  • Myrcene – If your cannabis strain makes your whole body feel like jelly, there’s a great chance it contains this earthy terpene.
  • Pinene – This one tastes like pine, and some people say strains that are high in Pinene help them feel sharper mentally as opposed to strains that make them feel forgetful.

Understanding Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids still play an important role in shaping the effects of cannabis, too. CBD is commonly associated with feelings of calm throughout the body and mind. THC stimulates appetite, relaxes muscles, and leads to the psychoactive effects, so many people associate with cannabis. We’re excited to learn even more about other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC. The time may come when every strain comes with a complete analysis of its cannabinoids and terpenes.

Different Strains for Different Brains

As mentioned above, it’s critical to understand that the effects of cannabis can vary based on a wide variety of factors, so buying a particular strain does not necessarily guarantee a specific kind of experience. Two individuals can feel completely different even after smoking the same amount of the same strain. Similarly, the same strain might give the same person different effects on different days. While a given strain usually does lead to a somewhat predictable experience, there are still factors that can shape the way a person feels after consuming cannabis:

  • Their natural brain and body chemistry
  • The type of setting they’re in
  • How much they’ve had to eat that day
  • Experience with and physical tolerance for cannabis
  • Their current mood
  • How well rested they are

Buy Premium Cannabis in Colorado at Options Medical Center

No matter which type of cannabis experience interests you, we can help you find a premium strain here at Options Medical Center. We have locations in both Wheat Ridge and Boulder, CO. Both locations are regularly stocked with the latest and greatest cannabis strains from the best growers in our state. Even as we bring new cannabis strains to our shelves, our staff stays informed to ensure that every member of our team has excellent product knowledge.

 

Our well-informed staff is happy to answer all of your questions as you search for your favorite cannabis strain or strains. That applies to our flower as well as other products like concentrates, edibles, and more. Everyone’s journey with cannabis is personal, but we’re here to give you as much or as little guidance as you want. Visit us at Options Medical Center, and our budtenders will help you explore our freshest options from some of the best cannabis growers in Colorado.