Sativa strains are known for cerebral, energetic highs ideal for smoking during the day. The fan leaves are longer, thinner, and typically lighter in colour than indica and the buds are more sausage shaped. Hallmark flavours include citrus and chocolate.
Strain Examples: Lemon Haze, Maui Wowie, Tangie, Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Chocolope
Indica plants are darker and more squat than sativa, producing broad leaves and dense buds. Indica is known for its potent full body effects, making it a good choice for unwinding after a long day or sinking into a restful sleep. Notable flavour profiles involve notes of berries and spice.
Strain Examples: Afghan Kush, Blueberry, Sensi Star, White Rhino, Blackberry Kush
Terpenes are organic compounds that naturally occur in plants and are the primary constituents of their essential oils. They contribute to the aroma and flavour of cannabis and can augment the effects it has on you. Each strain of cannabis flower has a unique profile of more than a hundred terpenes, many of which are unique to cannabis.
An intensely minty terpene, menthol is commercially extracted from plants in the peppermint family. Menthol is known for its cooling sensation and can also be found in eucalyptus. Strains high in menthol can help you remain focused and alert.
The citrus punch of limonene is easily recognizable. Lemon and orange rind flavours are dominant and backed by more subtle minty characteristics of juniper and rosemary. Limonene is said to elevate your mood, leaving you energized and refreshed.
Linalool naturally occurs in many flowers and has a distinctly floral flavour with spicy undertones. Commonly associated with lavender, it can also be found in sweet basil and birch bark. Linalool is a favourite terpene for topical products and will leave you feeling relaxed and serene.
Named for the fragrant myrcia flower, myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis and it imparts a flavour ranging from floral tang (mango, lemongrass) to herbal musk (hops, bay). It is said to promote calm and relaxation, perfect for unwinding after a long day
Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to mimic a cannabinoid and activate your endocannabinoid system, promoting a sense of ease and contentment. It has notes of tree bark and sharp spice, conjuring memories of black pepper, cloves, anise, and cinnamon.
As the name suggests, pinene is associated with the bright smell of pine trees and is a primary component of pine resin. It is the most common terpene found in nature and it also occurs in herbs like rosemary, basil, and parsley. Pinene can help you feel more alert, engaged, and ready for the day ahead.