Beginner’s guide to cannabis

Today’s weed is the product of generations of selective crosses, grown in fertilized soil, protected to prevent wind stress and contamination and packaged in air-tight containers soon after harvest to ensure freshness.

Finding the good stuff

Learning to appreciate good cannabis is no different than learning to appreciate good wine, music or art.  The more you fine-tune your senses, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy different flavors and scents.  You’ll also be able to steer clear of bad cannabis, often the result of poor growing conditions or careless storage.

Common types of cannabis

Just like wine, cannabis has varieties. The species called indica is short and stocky with dense buds, native to the chilly mountains of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Another species called sativa is tall and lanky with spindly buds. It comes from warm places like Mexico, Colombia and Thailand.

In general, indicas induce sedation and dreamy feelings. Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Sativas tend to provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.

The belief that indicas and sativas deliver distinct effects is so deeply rooted in mainstream cannabis culture that Budtenders typically begin their strain recommendations by asking you which type you prefer.