What are strains?
The different varietals of cannabis flowers are called strains. Each strain has a unique flavor and combination of active ingredients, and provides a subtly different effect. There are thousands of different cannabis strains out there and most of them have names that were coined by the growers who brought us the specific genetics from that plant. Some popular examples include Blue Dream, Sour Diesel and OG Kush.
Some products are always strain-based, such as flower and concentrates, while others are based on Indica/Sativa, and still others (mostly edibles) generally do not indicate a strain or plant type.
What DOES INDICA, SATIva, and hybrid mean?
Cannabis has evolved differently around the planet, and different strains are classified according to their area of origin. Sativa strains come from closer to the equator, grow narrow leaves and are believed to have more energetic effects. Indica strains come from more northern latitudes, have wider leaves and are believed to have more relaxing effects. Hybrid strains are crosses of Indica and Sativa strains, and offer more balanced effects.
Indica strains can be a good choice to relieve the stress of a long day, encourage a relaxing evening and promote a restful night. Watch a movie, savor a munchie and have a giggle on the couch.
Sativa strains can be good daytime choices to enhance more active, creative and social pursuits. Prized by artists, athletes, dancers
While these generalizations can be a good rule-of-thumb, plant genetics have been bred, mixed and crossed so much over the last century that the effect of an Indica or Sativa can no longer be predicted with 100% precision
What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
The cannabis plant can contain up to 150 active ingredients, known as cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most commonly known, and all Harborside products are tested and labeled with their content. These test results indicate the strength and nature of the likely effect. THC-rich strains are the most euphoric. CBD-rich strains are more restorative, with less euphoria or none at all. Many consumers prefer the balanced effect of a 1:1 ratio—equal parts THC and CBD.
The human neurotransmitter system that manages plant-derived cannabinoids is known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is present in almost every part of our brain and body, and maintains homeostasis—our state of natural balance. It internally produces endocannabinoids which are similar to compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Each person’s endocannabinoid system varies slightly, which is one reason the same cannabis product can produce different effects in different people. We recommend you start with small doses of lower potency products, and gradually increase dosage as you see how your mind and body react.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are oils secreted by the cannabis plant, and give each cannabis strain a unique smell and taste.
Many of the names of different strains (like Lemon, Blueberry, Sour Diesel or Skunk) are reflective of that strain’s terpene content. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis and are present in many types of plants, especially herbs and fruits. Their importance goes beyond smell and taste; It is believed that the presence of terpenes also enhances the strain’s effects.
The science behind terpenes is still relatively new. Every day we are learning more about how THC, CBD and terpenes work together to create different experiences. This is known as the Entourage Effect or the Whole Plant Effect.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
Humans, like all vertebrates, have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Discovered in 1979, the ECS is a biological system that directly connects our body and mind and is key to understanding how a state of mind can directly promote health or illness.
Where can I consume?
Although cannabis is now legal in California, it is not legal to consume in public places or to drive while under the influence. You should consume in a private location, such as your home, or a friend’s home.
What is dosing and microdosing?
A dose is equivalent to a serving size. California defines a dose of cannabis edibles as a maximum of 10mg of THC. Microdosing is the practice of consuming very small doses that are barely perceptible by the user. Be sure to ask a Harborside Cannabis Consultant what dosage is right for you based on your tolerance and experience.