Thinking of buying a delta 8 tincture? If you’ve actually tried to shop around, you’ve probably found out that there are a lot of options. You might even be feeling overwhelmed. One particular dilemma a lot of people face is choosing a delta 8 THC strain. The strain you use plays a significant role in your experience.
Some products will make you feel more energetic and focused, while others will relax you and fill you with euphoria. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of your delta 8 tincture, the strain is an important consideration.
Sativa and Indica
There are two main strains of cannabis: Sativa and Indica. There are differences between the two strains that are easy to pick out. While the two species are different, the more dominant strain is Sativa, also known as marijuana. Hemp plants tend to be Indica.
So what are the main differences between the strains?
Physically, the Sativa plant is slimmer and taller than the Indica plant. The leaves share this property, as they are also long and thin. When you consume the Sativa species, the high will live more “in your head”, promoting a feeling of euphoria and relaxation.
It might even make you more creative, and many artists have consumed Sativa products to seek out their muses when they are in need of inspiration. The Sativa strain also makes you more alert and energetic than the Indica one. This is the kind of strain you would consume during the day.
The Indica plant is the opposite of the Sativa in many ways. For starters, it is shorter and has much more foliage. The leaves are wide and short. The high from the Indica strain live more “in the body”. You will feel your appetite increasing, your body will be more relaxed, and you might even get a sleepy feeling. This strain does promote lethargy and is best used at night when you need a sedative to help you sleep.
Hybrids combine different aspects of the Sativa and Indica strains. Usually, a breeder will want some specific result, like getting an appetite stimulant that also leaves you feeling energetic, or a head high that helps you sleep. In that case, they will mix Sativa and Indica in different proportions to get the results they need.
There are countless hybrids out there, with more being developed by the day, but once you know the two basic strains and their properties, it’s easier to understand what a particular hybrid is trying to achieve.
Other notable things
The entourage effect
The ‘entourage effect’ is simply the belief that using many active cannabinoids together can enhance their effects than when used together. This is due to how they synergistically interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. For example, if you take a lot of THC, you can balance it out by taking CBD.
Terpenes add flavor to delta 8. They also enhance the experience. For example, a delta 8 tincture built to improve focus might include Pulegone, Cedrene, and b-pinene terpenes to help with the experience.
So How Do You Choose?
This primarily depends on your desired effects. Do you want a head high or a body high? Do you want it intense or subtle? Do you want something that leaves you focused and alert or that puts you to sleep?
For the most part, Sativa and Hybrid strains are daytime strains, while Indica is a nighttime strain. The line-up of terpenes may also give the product a distinct flavor or enhance the experience in some other way. Whatever you choose, make sure it offers the experience you are looking for.