There is a general consensus among consumers and marijuana enthusiasts that the sativa cannabis strain tends to uplift the mind and indica strains tend to be more sedating. Of course, there are some scientists and researchers that have challenged this. However, if you were to ask cannabis enthusiasts that regularly consume indica edibles and smoke sativa weed, the proof would be in the pudding. There is definitely a stark difference between these two and it cannot be denied. What exactly makes them different?
When you consume indica edibles or smoke sativa weed, these interact with the cannabinoids that are already in your body. In fact, your body has about a hundred and fifty molecules ready to connect with any type of weed you consume. The CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory and CBN is an analgesic. So, don’t expect only to find THC levels present. However, the potency is what sets the marijuana strains apart from each other.
You should be aware of how important the various compounds in the marijuana plant is as it relates to cannabinoids, which is the infusion element to profiling the cannabis strains. When cooking marijuana, it is very important to maintain and preserve the chemical profile. So your sativa and indica edibles should not only be cloaked with THC, but also sufficient cannabinoids.
The Desired Effect
One other factor involved is the terpenes. This is the key element that gives marijuana its smell. It is also instrumental in adjusting the THC effect and other cannabinoids. That is why, you have to pay more attention to the various strains and their effects. Sativa and indica edibles must be made in such a way as to allow for the desired effect.
In extracting oil to make your sativa or indica edibles, you also have to preserve the cannabinoid profiles. However, the terpenes profiles will usually be lost. So, if your desired effect is to maintain terpenes profiles, then, you may have to try a method other than extraction. For cannabinoid profiles, this would not be such a concern. You can opt to introduce terpenes after you have done your extraction, which is feasible.
You can probably harness both the terpenes and the cannabinoids profile when you use the baking method. Now, when you are making homemade sativa or indica edibles, you could use both strains, especially, if you are looking for a polarized effect. For example, Skywalker is a strong indica strain and when used with Timewreck, a sativa strain, it gives the polar opposite effect. You can do a test by baking indica edibles and sativa edibles separately. When consumed, you would find that the indica edibles are sedating and the sativa edibles will give you a high. The intensity of the effect will depend on the exact cannabis strains used.
It is not easy to calculate the potency of your cannabis strain without doing a THC level test in a lab. Other than that, you could do a test on your subjects, which would be the people consuming the sativa or indica edibles. However, bear in mind that not everyone has the same tolerance level. In other words, one person could eat your cannabis cookie and not feel as sleepy or as high as someone else. Everyone’s body metabolizes and absorbs marijuana differently. It is important to make sativa and indica edibles with the consumer experience in mind. For example, your goal should be to use an indica strain that provides help for insomnia and a sativa strain for the person who wants to stay up for hours and have that mellow feeling. Consider moderation in both cases. If you want to learn more about sativa or indica edibles and cannabis strains, enroll in Cannabis Training University today.
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