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The Different Types of Marijuana and What to Know About Them

We all know the cannabis plants Indica and Sativa, but a lot more goes into the chemistry behind how each strain operates on your body. The effects of marijuana vary based on the terpenes within each plant, THC and CBD content, and how many cannabis receptors your body has.

Before we get into selecting the best strain for you, it’s time to get schooled on the factors you need to know. There are so many strains of marijuana thanks to crossbreeding and hybridization, and knowing the properties of each will help pair you with the best bud possible.

Knowing The Different Types of Marijuana

There are over 700 different strains of marijuana. We can delve into the specific differences of each type after we focus on the three main umbrella categories that these strains fall into.


Indica is your chilled-out friend who strummed guitar on the floor of your college dorm. Its effects are relaxing and welcome sleepiness. Indica is excellent for managing pain because the CBD content helps alleviates anxiety.


Sativa is the energetic butterfly of the marijuana family. You’ll be productive and creative because of THC, which produces a euphoric effect. Check out this Sativa strain list to start finding the one for you!


And last but not least, hybrids are the ambiverts of marijuana types. This is a good choice if you’re looking for a blend between the two broad categories listed above. These are fun to play around with.

What Should I Look For In A Strain?

Terpenes, the compounds that give weed its distinct flavor and smell, play a major role in the categorization of Indica and Sativa. The amount of myrcene, a type of terpene, determines which is which.

If the myrcene content in the strain is greater than 0.5%, it’s categorized as an Indica. Below 0.5% is Sativa.

CBD is used for anxiety reduction and pain management. When using a strain with a large percentage of CBD, you will likely feel less of a head high while retaining medicinal properties.

THC is for that classic stoned feeling. It will leave you high and elated, but look out for a potential increase in anxiousness. Everyone’s body processes THC differently.

Your Body Chemistry and Marijuana

So you’ve done your research and found the perfect strain. You smoke it, but you’re still getting effects like paranoia. It may have to do with your body’s unique way of processing cannabis.

Some of us naturally have more cannabis receptors than others. These make it easier for the THC to bind, and in turn, will increase the intensity of your high. An intense high may sound great on paper, but going over your threshold leads to undesirable results.

In this case, it’s helpful to find a strain that has a CBD and THC balance. You’ll still get your high, but the CBD naturally makes it less overpowering by limiting the amount of THC that binds to your receptors.

Research and Smoke

There’s marijuana for every occasion. Smoking can enhance an outdoor hike, increase productivity, and help you relax. Understanding the complexities behind the big, general categories will help you understand different types of marijuana and which marijuana to choose.

Explore our blog to find even more Mary Jane usage tips. Know what you’re putting into your body, and have fun researching! This is for your pain management and pleasure.

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