Smoking flower is one of the most popular methods of cannabis consumption and for good reason. The effects of flower (aka buds) are almost immediate, it’s easy to pass around and share, plus smoking is simply the traditional way to enjoy cannabis. Whether you prefer to roll a joint, smoke a bowl, or even vape flower, you’ll typically feel max impact in 30 minutes and see the effects dissipate in 1-3 hours.
Choose Your Flower Strain
At Magic City Med Shop, we offer a large variety of high quality flower products, including indica, sativa and hybrid strains. Think of these products as all being on a single spectrum, some strains closer to 100% sativa, others closer to 100% indica. All strains fall somewhere on that spectrum and depending on where it lands (and what terpenes the strain contains) is how you can better determine how it might affect you. So, how do you go about choosing the best option for your needs? Here’s a quick breakdown:
Sativa – Here you’ll get a more cerebral, energizing effect as sativa-dominant strains tend to possess higher THC levels. With the ability to spark creativity and conversation, this is a great option for parties and get togethers. If you worry about anxiety or paranoia, try a sativa with a lower percentage mix (closer to 60%).
Indica – These strains tend to be physically sedating and promote full-body relaxation. If you have sore muscles, tension in your neck, or just spent 8 hours sitting at a desk working on TPS reports, indicas will help you shed the aches and pains of the day. Indica is great for mellow nights and getting restful sleep.
Hybrid – Get the best of both worlds. If you want to soothe body aches without your body melting all the way into your couch, a hybrid just might be the perfect strain for you. Magic City Med Shop offers several varieties to help you strike just the right balance for any activities you have planned.
Fine-Tune with THC & CBD
Beyond choosing a strain, you’ll want to look at the ratio of THC to CBD the cannabis flower contains.
This type of cannabinoid produces the euphoric high associated with consuming marijuana. It can also relieve pain, nausea and induce hunger (have snacks handy).
This non-intoxicating compound extracted from Industrial Hemp Plants (containing less than .3% THC which is non-intoxicating at this level) provides relief for anxiety, inflammation and body pain. In flower, it can help to block some of the more intense effects caused by THC.
What Does This All Mean?
Well, if you’re a seasoned smoker or want a more potent experience, choosing a strain with high THC and minimal CBD might right for you.
However, if you’re new to consumption or tend to get anxious and paranoid, you’ll want to go with a flower with more balanced THC and CBD percentages. And if you just want a body soothing effect while remaining clear-headed, your ratio should heavily favor CBD with minimal THC.
A Few More Flower Tips
Beyond strains, THC and CBD, selecting flower for your needs can be quite personal. When you visit our caregiver store in the Magic City of Millinocket, Maine, your budtender will be more than happy to let you examine our flower products for yourself. Take in the smell, is it fruity, sweet or have citrus notes to it? Look for trichome crystals, check out the coloring and feel free to ask questions. You can also purchase just a gram of several different strains and try them out before stocking up on your favorite flower.