Know Your Buds: How To Identify Strain Types

Know your buds
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Know your budsIt’s not easy to identify strain types that suit your needs. So we decided to help you with this post. We attempted to highlight the precise characteristics of strains to make their identification procedure as simple as possible.

Characteristics that make identifying strains easy!

  • Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid Profile

Sativa strains are known to provide cognitive high and phenomenal effects which directly merge with your creative abilities and appeal to your artistic side. The most common Sativa strains consist of amnesia haze, sour diesel, green crack, and so on.

Indica strain in its effect gives cannabis users a calming and intoxicating feel that can remove all your day’s stress in a jiffy. This strain has more psychoactive benefits that provide long-lasting highs and are enjoyed more by the users. The most common Indica strains are Herojuana, bubba kush, northern lights, skywalker og, etc.

Hybrid strains as the name suggests are a blend of sativa and indica strains. This means they will have that soothing feel over your mind and body but will also provide the much-needed high to keep your cognitive abilities up and running. Some of the widely used hybrid strains are gorilla glue, bruce banner, blue dream, and so on.

However, you can also identify strains based on their buds. If it’s heavy and compact then you must be dealing with indica or indica dominant-hybrid, though if it’s more elongated and narrow then it can be sativa or sativa dominant-hybrid.

  • Shade

The shade of the cannabis can be the visually distinct attribute in identifying strains owing to its vibrant feel. Cannabis flowers’ shades majorly depend on the conditions under which they germinate and develop. As, warmer the temperature, a more green hue can be expected out of the strains.

On the other hand, buds that are much darker in shade may show a dominant purple color owing to their maturity over milder climates. However, there is also a hereditary component involved in it.

  • Olfactory sense

What the best way to identify strains than relying on your sense of smell, isn’t it? In scenarios where the distinction of products is extremely difficult, your nose could be your best ally, just from the hint of smells, you can distinguish things.

In this case, evaluating the aroma of a wide variety of strains could paint a clear picture of it while smoking.

Your olfactory senses aid in understanding the subtle nuances of the strain which makes them distinct owing to the terpenes and flavour. Next time, whenever you face difficulty, just rely on your nose and take a deep whiff of the stain, we bet quite seamlessly you could identify strains.

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  • Taste

Just by tasting a minuscule amount of weed, you can easily identify strains because your tongue plays a huge role. Every strain comes with a nice, spicy, and delicious flavor, if you get an earthy or piney taste then it’s surely from the Kush’ family.

You can tell it’s Skunk, if it has a cheesy flavor, and limonene terpene is present if it has a lemony or tangy aroma and taste. The same goes for ‘Diesel’ and ‘Berry’, as the former gives a fuel-like taste that can be highly intoxicating, whereas the latter tastes like a delectable candy and is enjoyed among all avid cannabis users.

As a result, every stain has a distinctive flavor; if you can’t place it based on its smell alone, try tasting it.

  • Take note of any side effects

Identifying strains based on their feel and high can be another striking attribute. You can get further with this feature if you study in combination with other attributes.

For instance, if you’ve ever smoked a heavy, purple strain of cannabis that leaves you feeling relaxed and sleepy, chances are you’ve experienced the effects of Granddaddy Purple.

Furthermore, you may have experienced Super Lemon Haze, a strain that is long and thin in appearance has a lemony aroma, and provides a stimulating physical effect on your entire body.

Though this attribute may focus more on the post-effects of cannabis consumption, yet would give you more clarity over the science of identifying strains with ease, especially if you try it another time.

You may not always be able to find your preferred strain, but armed with the aforementioned information. You should be able to zero in on the varieties of cannabis that truly satisfy your taste. Never forget that you can hone your ability to identify strains with practice and exposure.

To have a better understanding of strain, all the empirical evidence in the form of effects, smell, taste, and appearance needs to be evaluated equally. No attribute can be studied in isolation if you want to be sure of the strain you are consuming.