Weed Wordsearch – Strains of Bud

Today’s Weed Wordsearch is all about strains of bud! Don’t be fooled, this quest is not as easy as it seems. Fire up a doobie and get ready! To embark, search for the words listed below the puzzle.  When you find a word: Highlight the first letter by clicking on it once. Drag your cursor […]

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Our Favorite Strains of the Week: Sour Cookies And Sweeties

Cannabis Life Network would like to present you with our top two favorite strains of the week: Sour Cookies and Sweeties. We love these two strains because of their duality. Sour Cookies is more relaxing, while Sweeties is more energizing and uplifting. Continue on to find out more! Sour Cookies Sour Cookies is a Cannabis […]

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Patriotic Pot: 10 Strains For the Fourth Of July

Today’s the day to show off your chef skills and help keep everyone’s spirits high with a nice strain or two inspired by the holiday. Take a look at some of these options and see which Fourth of July inspired strains you’d like to try to give your celebration that extra edge.

Red Haze

Stay excited and inspired with this uplifting and euphoric sativa made from a cross of Neville’s Haze and Columbian Red. It’s great for dealing with body pain and also helps to alleviate stress, making it a good option for a carefree day.

White OG

If you’re planning for a chill weekend around the house, this relaxing indica will keep you happy and peaceful. It has a strong, pungent aroma with a tasty, lemon flavor profile that assists with beating the blues and issues with insomnia.

Blue Train

Two classics came together to make this deliciously sweet and fruity hybrid. Thanks to Trainwreck and Blue Dream, Blue Train has all the common characteristics of a super dank strain with a pleasant high and calming body stone.

Americano

Piney and musky, this Canadian strain is a good pick for an end of the night smoke for people who need help getting to sleep. Go for Americano after the fun of the day has died down to help mellow out.

Morning Star

If the idea of entertaining a house full of guests seems overwhelming, Morning Star can help reduce some of the stress associated with hosting holiday shenanigans. Deliciously sweet and potent, this hybrid strain is good for dealing with pre-party jitters.

Obama Kush

Like the current commander-in-chief, this strain is known for its balanced high. Made from a cross of Afghani and OG Kush, this indica offers both cerebral and physical effects for a relaxing and euphoric experience.

Danky Doodle

Give your palette something new to try with this nutty, earthy strain with hints of coffee that helps combat depression, anxiety and stress. Perfect for a small, intimate gathering of people who are looking for a low-key way to celebrate.

Big Bang

This power-packed indica combines not two, but three potent strains into one mega strain. Skunk, Northern Lights and El Nino make up the trinity that is the Big Bang, a sweet-smelling, pain-reducing flower that soothes the body and calms the mind.

Kaboom

Keep your energy up with this mood-boosting, creativity-inducing strain known for its enjoyable cerebral buzz and ability to get rid of headaches, fatigue and nausea. It has a zesty, citrus smell thanks to its parents: Jack’s Cleaner and Vortex.

Presidential OG

This strong indica has a highly sedative effect, making it a good choice for people who like strains that hit hard and fast. With deep, earthy flavors and piney undertone, this patriotic strain will have you pleasantly sleepy in no time.

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Quarantine showed me the beauty of indica strains

The hardest thing about being a cannabis journalist is balancing productivity with all the weed I consume. While writing about weed for a living is a dream gig, I’ve lost countless days to overconsumption. Spiraling into the lazy vortex of bong rips and bad TV means deadlines begin to pile up like the emails in my inbox. The only thing I manage to answer on those days is a shameful “Yes” when Netflix asks if I’m still watching. 

Before quarantine, I had been a sativa-only stoner for over a decade. Like many, I viewed indicas as a productivity-inhibiting treat reserved for after work or before bed, a desert but never a meal. Though I was aware of the controversy surrounding the incorrect labeling of flower as indica or sativa, the market doesn’t reflect the weed world’s relatively new aversion to this kind of distinction, and I didn’t realize just how incorrect I was. As someone who has adhered to that method of categorizing intoxication since high school, it was branded into my brain, an inherent bias I had yet to eradicate.

Then, quarantine hit. Things slowed way down. In trying to navigate the overabundance of free-time, I found my sativa-dominant lifestyle was no longer cutting it. The same strain that used to fill me with energy to run errands and finish my articles was turning me into a ball of anxiety with nowhere to go and no one to interact with outside of my own negative thoughts. 

I began incorporating indica strains into my daily routine, realizing that the type of strains I’d written off due to their categorization as indicas held the key to balancing my productivity all along. Exploring this relationship in these months of isolation has forever changed the way I look at flower. 

The mislabeling of indica and sativa

“Labeling strains as indica or sativa ultimately is a disservice to patients and consumers because it sets up false expectations around experience,” said Emma Chasen, a cannabis educator and industry consultant with a degree from Brown University in Medicinal Plant Research. 

“Indica and Sativa are species designations for cannabis plants. Species are defined by their genetics, the physical manifestation of the organism, not how an organism might make a person feel when consumed.”

While most consumers associate sativa with an energized high and indicas with a sleepy “in-da-couch” vibe, the indica/sativa distinction is actually based on the physical characteristics of the plant. Sativa-dominant plants tend to have thinner, sharper leaves with seven or more leaf blades per leaf and take longer to flower. Indicas tend to be squatter with five broadleaf blades per leaf and experience a shorter flowering time. 

“The chemical compounds, or chemotype, of the plant is what has influence on the experience. Those compounds are subject to environmental factors just as much as they are coded for by the plant’s genetics,” Chasen said. “Therefore, there is no guarantee that something labeled as an Indica will make someone feel sleepy and something labeled as a sativa will make someone feel energized.” 

Chemotypes, terpenes, and cannabinoids

The chemical compounds, or chemotypes, that Chasen is referring to describe the terpene profiles and cannabinoid ratios in the flower. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these terms, terpenes are the organic compounds responsible for the plant’s flavors and aromas. They influence the experiences cannabis will produce, as well as potential medicinal benefits. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds like THC and CBD. Each strain has a unique cannabinoid makeup with accompanying effects.

When it comes to determining how a strain will affect you, every plant is unique and there are numerous factors at play. While it depends on the chemical makeup of the plant itself, it also depends on how those cannabinoids and terpenes react with your endocannabinoid receptors, as well as how you react with your surroundings. While cannabinoids like THC or CBD put you on a specific roller coaster, terpenes determine what kind of ride you’re going to have. 

“Effects differ from plant to plant,” said Justin Heady Monster, a legendary grower responsible for the genetics behind some of the most iconic strains in existence, my personal favorite being Pink Starburst. “In the past decade or so, we have found that the terpenes present play a larger role in determining the high than the growing characteristics.” 

Because traditional indicas tend to contain terpenes like myrcene and terpineol, they are associated with couch-lock. If you’re like me and associate that spicy, piney smell with a sativa high, it’s because pinene (pine smell) and limonene (citrus smell) both have energizing effects. These characteristic highs have nothing to do with the plants being sativa or indica, as any of those terpenes could just as easily be found in a plant with the physical characteristics of either one. 

“Pink Starburst is a great example of this situation,” Monster noted. “It grows identical to your stereotypical ‘indica’ plant, however, the dominant terpene limonene gives the high something that is euphoric, creative, and what would be described by most as more of a sativa effect. Then you have some hazes, (hazes are categorized as sativas), that start out racy and intense before becoming a crashing, sleepy high due to the amounts of myrcene present.”

How to pick the right indica for you 

Throughout these months spent quarantined with a large variety of “indica” strains, I’ve gained a far deeper understanding of the cannabis plant. Never have I had so much control over the way I utilize the plant medicinally and recreationally. Instead of falling victim to taking a huge bong hit of a “sativa” that happens to be high in myrcene early in the morning — and spending the day bleary-eyed and slow, bumbling around the kitchen — I can now tell by smell alone how a flower will make me feel. 

When shopping for flower with specific effects, there are a few different methods you can employ. One is to pick a strain you like and look up its lab results. Take note of the dominant terpenes and cannabinoid ratios, then find strains with a similar chemotype. Another much cooler way is to take the time to learn your terpenes and train your nose. The smell of a strain’s dominant terpenes will provide you with a much more accurate depiction of the high than labeling ever could. 

The beaches are closing, Americans can’t go to Europe, and no one wants to order a cute seasonal salad next to a two-gallon jug of hand sanitizer. This summer is clearly shot. We all have a ton of free time coming up, so use this time to educate yourself as a consumer. To get you on your way, here are some  “indica” strains with terpene profiles that produce a broad spectrum of effects, and which helped me handle the ups and downs, closings, openings, and then re-closings. 

Also, strains I’ve recently tried

22Red: Caramel Gelato  

Red22 is a new cannabis brand by Shavo Odadjian, who was not only the bassist of System of a Down but clearly knows his shit when it comes to weed. One of my favorites from this list, Caramel Gelato is sweet and fruity with a bright, fun high that’s as much of an upper as it is a downer.

What it’s best for: late mornings, early movies, and tricking yourself into having fun cleaning the house.

Available: California


Caliva: Alien OG and Venom OG

Here is a perfect example of two indicas with drastically different effects. 

Caliva’s Alien OG has a pungent, sour pine smell, meaning it has high levels of pinene which is a terpene that increases alertness and focus. The high reflects that, as there’s an energized overtone to its euphoric, mellow effects. 

What it’s best for: sex, editing articles, hanging out on Zoom.

Caliva’s Durban Poison falls at the spectrum with its fruity berry smell, berry chocolate flavor, and dark purple buds. As intoxicating as it looks, this flower produces a lackadaisical high that is comfortable and chill.

What it’s best for: menstrual pain, bedtime, dealing with boredom.


Lowell Farms: Strawberry Banana 

The name Strawberry Banana says it all. Fruity and flirty, Lowell Farms’ “indica” tastes exactly like strawberries and bananas. Euphoric and silly, the high is exciting, making everything and everyone around you feel more fun. 

What it’s best for: socially distanced socializing, playing with pets, daydreaming.


Aster Farms: Rainbow Chip

This spicy, herbal strain has a decadent and complex flavor, with an air of black cherries or chocolate. The high is focused and clear but also very intoxicating and heady, like an astronaut flying weightless in outer space. 

What it’s best for: after work, after sex, after hours.

Available: California


STIIIZY: Rosay

This floral, fruity strain from vape god STIIIZY’s new line of flower is more of an upper than a downer. When it comes to Rosay, the high is light enough that it doesn’t interfere with my productivity, but heavy enough to take the edge off the monotony of existence. 

What it’s best for: work, errands, motivation.

Available: California


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What you should look for when buying Cannabis Seeds

If you are growing your own weed, you need to know that great weed starts with great seeds! Read on for what you should look for when buying cannabis seeds. Before you grow cannabis plant There are hundreds of different cannabis strains out there, which means there are copious options when buying cannabis seeds too. […]

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Cannabis Strains to Help Ease Your Anxiety Chosen by Weed Smokers

Suffer from Anxiety? It’s now been proven at 18.1% of the population suffers from this daily. Here are the top strains from one weed smoker to another. Indica or Sativa? A common question that comes up is; do I choose a strain of Indica or Sativa? Many smokers have said that smoking has caused anxiety […]

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How to Choose the Best Seeds for Planting Cannabis

There are all kinds of techniques people use when it comes to growing premium bud. Some people have their tried-and-true methods that they swear by while others are still in the trial-and-error period of their growing journey. Regardless of skill level, when it comes to growing a flourishing crop, the first place to begin when choosing to grow cannabis plants is with knowing how to properly select quality seeds.

Seeds that are not mature are typically small with a greenish hue and soft shell. Good, healthy seeds will be more greyish to brown with speckles and have a glossy appearance free from cracks. They are typically bigger in size as well. Seeds that are very dark or near black and appear to be dull may be old. To avoid immature seeds or aged seeds, try not to purchase seeds that have recently been harvested as well as those that have been kept in storage for long amounts of time.

Fresh seeds have a high germination rate that drops dramatically over time — from 90 percent down to 20 percent after three or four years. Excellent seeds are the cornerstone of successful plant growth because each one contains the genetic material that determines certain characteristics like size, shape and potency.

The strain of the seed determines what type of effects will be experienced after consumption. Indica and sativa are the two main strains that have distinct characteristic. Indica strains are known for their physical effects, with a noted body high and deep relaxation being the most commonly reported feelings, while sativas provide a cerebral buzz often associated with increased sensitivity to sights and sounds. Most seeds are hybrid strains that are either more indica-dominant or sativa-dominant.

It’s helpful to consider how long it will take plants to grow before picking out seeds. After deciding whether to grow indoors or outdoors, calculate the amount of time estimated for a plant to come to full maturation. Most plants take between seven and nine weeks until they are ready to be harvested, although indica plants tend to grow a little bit faster than sativas.

Deciding on a location for where the plants will grow make a huge difference in the success of failure of a crop. Seeds must be properly suited for the intended growing environment. There are benefits and drawbacks to both indoor and outdoor growing. Conditions for indoor plants are typically more temperate because they aren’t subject to fluctuating weather, but can be a financial burden due to high electricity bills from artificial lights. Growing plants outdoors helps cut costs by utilizing the sun as a free power source but leaves plants more susceptible to bugs and pests.

There are several advantages to growing plants from seeds. Cloned plants can transfer diseases to the next generation of plants whereas seeds are free from viruses, diseases and pests. Plants grown from seeds also exhibit slight genetic variation, so growers can choose the best plants out of a crop instead of possibly growing uniformly mediocre plants from a single mother plant.

Lastly, it’s important to make purchases from a reputable source or dealer who specializes in providing fresh, mature seeds. Because growing cannabis is an investment of time and money, it’s worth the effort to track down the best seeds commercially available. Once a trusted company is located, practice careful consideration, high selectivity and patience before making any choices. Being picky during this process will definitely pay off.

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Trying cannabis for the first time? Read this first

Trying cannabis for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, making it hard to know where to begin. Weed is meant to be relaxing. So, to help take the stress off, here is what you need to know before your first time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions Two pot smokers will happily share […]

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Is Hemp Flower Sativa or Indica?

When it comes to classifying cannabis varieties, there’s a huge amount of confusion and misinformation flying around.

As the popularity of cannabis in all its many forms continues to grow, it’s becoming more and more important for labels to be accurate in order for people to know what they are consuming. 

In this article, we will be looking at the Sativa/Indica distinction and its relevance to hemp flower. As is often the case when discussing cannabis, thanks to advances in scientific research, things can get confusing rather quickly, so we’ll try to lay it out as clearly as possible. 

First off, let’s examine just what hemp is and how it differs from the psychoactive cannabis, or ‘marijuana’.

Hemp vs ‘Marijuana’ 

To begin with, let’s clarify that both marijuana and hemp are types of cannabis – the proper name for the plant. What most people mean when they say ‘marijuana’ is THC-rich cannabis – THC being the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. The word ‘marijuana’, however, has its roots in politics and, unfortunately, racism. 

What is ‘Marijuana’?

Although it’s the most commonly used name for cannabis in the United States today, ‘marijuana’ is suspected to originally be a colloquial term for a type of wild Mexican tobacco. When hundreds of thousands of Mexicans legally immigrated into the U.S, fleeing civil war between 1910 and 1920, they bought cannabis and the term ‘marijuana’ with them. 

In a racially-motivated attempt to slander and criminalize Mexicans, U.S. authorities – most notably Harry Anslinger of the FBI – started using the more Spanish-sounding slang word ‘marijuana’, or ‘marihuana’, in reference to cannabis. 

So, from now on, we will not be using this term. 


What is hemp?

Hemp is cannabis with negligible levels of THC (less than 0.3% by law) and has been traditionally grown for its stalk fiber and nutritious seeds. The term ‘hemp’ is really a legal distinction in order to separate it from the THC-rich cannabis that people have traditionally smoked.    

However, there’s been a growing interest and demand for CBD over the last few years. And this has led to farmers cultivating hemp with high levels of CBD, since there is no limit on this particular cannabinoid. Most CBD-rich hemp is processed into products like oils and salves, although an ever-increasing number of farmers are now cultivating hemp to be smoked. 

While in the past, hemp has been tall, stringy and seedy, hemp grown for smoking can now be indistinguishable from the THC-rich cannabis – the only difference being the cannabinoid profile. Which brings us to the booming hemp flower industry…

What is hemp flower?

As mentioned above, hemp is now being cultivated to be smoked just like regular THC-rich cannabis. That means the flower, or bud – which is where cannabinoids are produced – is in high demand. 

This has seen an influx of high-grade, well-manicured, CBD-rich hemp flower appear in vape and head shops around the country, as well as in numerous online shops. The buds can look, smell and taste just like cannabis with high levels of THC that you might find in dispensaries. Unlike these buds, however, hemp flower doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects. 

While it would be wrong to say that hemp flower is not psychoactive, the effects are far less cerebral. Many consumers describe a body-high and a sense of calm or relaxation from hemp flowers.   

The truth about sativa and indica

We’ve already dispelled one common cannabis myth, so now let’s dismantle another; the distinction between indica and sativa varieties of cannabis. 

sativa indica

Dr Ethan Russo, Director of Research and Development for the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), as well as a renowned researcher and industry leader, has this to say on the matter: “There are biochemically distinct strains of Cannabis, but the sativa/indica distinction as commonly applied in the lay literature is total nonsense and an exercise in futility.”

Let us explain…

Origins of sativa and indica

While cannabis has been cultivated for thousands of years (as far back as 8000 BCE), the terms indica and sativa were introduced only in the 18th century. The term ‘sativa’ is a Latin botanical adjective meaning cultivated. ‘Cannabis Sativa’ was assigned by Carl Linneaus to low-THC plants being grown for seed and fiber in Europe and western Eurasia.

Cannabis Indica was assigned to psychoactive varieties discovered in India, where it was cultivated for religious purposes, as well as its seeds, fiber, and pollen (hashish). 

To further confuse things, there are actually two types of Cannabis Indica; Cannabis indica ssp. Indica and Cannabis indica ssp. Afghanica. Most THC-rich cannabis consumed today is one of these two types. However, the terms Indica and Sativa have somehow been mislayed onto them. 

In fact, what most people these days call ‘sativa’ is actually Cannabis indica ssp. Indica – a tall, narrow-leaf variety of cannabis. And what they call call indica is actually Cannabis indica ssp. Afghanica. – a smaller, broad-leaf plant.

Therefore, Dr. Russo suggests that “since the taxonomists cannot agree, I would strongly encourage the scientific community, the press, and the public to abandon the sativa/indica nomenclature and rather insist that accurate biochemical assays on cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles be available for Cannabis in both the medical and recreational markets. Scientific accuracy and public health demand no less than this.”

So is hemp flower sativa or indica?

According to the above definitions, hemp flower will generally be a part of the Cannabis Sativa lineage. 

However, as the two distinctions mean very little in reality, and the fact that there has no doubt been a fair amount of cross-breeding over the centuries, there isn’t much utility in using these terms to describe either hemp or cannabis.

What about ruderalis?

Just about got your head round all that? Good. Now let’s introduce another variety of cannabis… you know, just to keep it interesting. 

Say hello to Cannabis Ruderalis, a wild variety of cannabis found in the Northern regions of  Asia and Central/Eastern Europe. Due to the reduced growing seasons in this part of the world, Cannabis Ruderalis has adapted to its environment by flowering automatically after 21-30 days of vegetation. (Other cannabis varieties require a 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of light to start flowering.)  

In recent years, thanks to cross-breeding, this auto-flowering trait has been bred into high-grade cannabis varieties grown for smoking. The result is cannabinoid-rich plants that mature quickly and flower automatically despite the light cycle they’re under. 

How should we classify cannabis?

Now that we’ve put the sativa and indica distinctions to bed, how should we categorize and classify cannabis? 

Well, as a cannabis strain’s effects are caused by its chemical makeup – cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more – this is probably the route to go down. 

What’s certainly needed is categories based on cannabinoid content – i.e THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, THC and CBD mixed, THCv- dominant, CBG-dominant, and any other cannabinoids that can be promoted during cultivation. 

And perhaps terpene content should also be taken into account, as the concentration of different terpenes can play a significant part in the effects a particular strain induces. For example, myrcene, a common monoterpene found in cannabis, has a strong sedative, couch-lock effect. On the other hand, limonene (also found in citrus peels) has an uplifting effect on mood. 

Summary

However cannabis is categorized in the future, it is sure to be more appropriate than the meaningless sativa/indica distinction. 

So, while modern smokable hemp flower is generally thought to be mostly from the Cannabis Sativa family, this information does not mean what most people these days think it does. 

The truth is that cannabis varieties are far more complex than previously thought and feature many overlapping characteristics – which are being further diluted as endless crossbreeding occurs. 

Therefore, when it comes to selecting hemp flower, the best thing to do at the moment is to focus on the cannabinoid and terpene content in order to judge the effects. Any sativa/indica labeling can happily be ignored. 

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// Top execs at American weed retailer MedMen quit amid ex-CFO’s claims of financial duress (CNBC)

// Expungement Efforts Surge on 4/20 With Ben & Jerry’s, Code for America (Leafly)


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