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Straining Yourself the Right Way

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Since its legalisation in 2018, the cannabis culture in Canada has bloomed in several ways. The stigma and prejudice that come with its recreational use have slowly begun to dwindle. People have become more and more open about using this plant and more understanding about all its uses and benefits. Together with this, the cannabis industry in Canada has also grown and flourished. This has helped open up a new industry, making weed more accessible to people.

This flourishing cannabis industry has allowed more and more people to grow all kinds of cannabis plants. Since it’s become legal to grow these plants, there’s more room and freedom to go about growing their own kinds and varieties. This not only makes weed more accessible to people but also gives them a variety to choose from. But, with all the choices and variety, where can you find the best cannabis?

Dispensaries are one place to find yourself some quality cannabis.

What’s this talk about strains?

If you’re a casual smoker, you might not be all too familiar with all the strains of weed. Even if you’re used to smoking cannabis, it’s also hard to keep track of them all. All you need to really understand is that not all flowers (the part of the cannabis plant you smoke) are the same. Given how the science and method of growing cannabis have progressed over the years, people have started to mix different kinds of plants to produce a different type of cannabis flower.

The main strains that are well-known are indica sativa, which generally have different effects on you when you smoke them. Indica is known to help you mellow down, while sativa is known to be more uplifting and elating. Over time, people have started to produce hybrids, which are made up of different levels of what indica and sativa can give you. In a way, these hybrids give you a combination of both on different levels, depending on what strain you get.

What’s the best, then?

Technically, what’s considered the best strain is entirely dependent on the person who smokes it. Everyone has their preferences, and these also apply to the kind of cannabis you like to smoke. Each strain—sativa, indica, or hybrid – has its own unique effects on a person. So, it’s really a trial-and-error way to find the strain that gives you the high that you want.

Of course, not all products of one strain can end up giving you the same high. But you can mitigate that by getting your flower from a reliable source. Dispensaries are guaranteed to provide you with at least that. But aside from quality and consistency, they can give you lots of options. With all these options, you’re at least given the freedom of choice to find the strain that you like the best. If anything, you can smoke comfortably, knowing you’re getting a quality product.

James Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.

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