Hashish strains are made up of cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) in addition to terpenes, that are fragrant compounds that give every flower its distinctive aroma. We’re continually studying extra about these terpenes and the way they impression the general expertise of consuming cannabis.
When selecting a pressure, we regularly consider sativas and indicas as being polar opposites in impact, however in case you look carefully at their chemical composition—once more, cannabinoids and terpenes—you’ll discover that many indica- and sativa-dominant strains are unexpectedly related, chemically talking. Let’s get into a few of these unanticipated related pairs.
Blue Dream and 9 Pound Hammer
Major terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene
Cannabinoid content material: Blue Dream (19% THC on common), 9 Pound Hammer (18% THC on common)
With a fame as a daytime pressure for newbies, it’s fairly fascinating to see the chemical similarities between the famed Blue Dream and the highly effective 9 Pound Hammer, a pressure that’s extra generally chosen as a nighttime smoke. Terpene-wise, you’ll see that they’re each dominant in myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene, and have a tendency to carry little distinction in THC percentages on common.
So why do individuals understand these as such completely different strains?
On common, Blue Dream has extra pinene, which some say has alerting qualities (though science has but to show this impact in cannabis). This and a concord of different minor terpenes and cannabinoids might clarify why Blue Dream feels lighter than 9 Pound Hammer. Additionally, when consumed in copious quantities, Blue Dream can really feel very stress-free and considerably sedative, narrowing the hole between these two strains additional.
Cinex and Purple Hindu Kush
Major terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, pinene
Cannabinoid content material: Cinex (16% THC on common), Purple Hindu Kush (20% THC on common)
This one is probably the most fascinating of the bunch; there’s really nothing sedative, sleepy, or another phrases you’d use to explain “purple weed” like Purple Hindu Kush about Cinex. However right here they’re with basically the identical terpene profile. Each strains come full of THC and are dominant in limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene terpenes. Nevertheless, most individuals swear they really feel so completely different.
A cross between Cindy 99 and Vortex, Cinex is understood to be an uplifting pressure with energetic qualities that ship the mind into a robust inventive zone, in addition to enable you wash your stresses down the drain. I’ve consumed it a number of occasions and it by no means places me to sleep and even in a “down” sort of vitality.
A mix of two powerhouses, Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, Purple Hindu Kush supplies a closely stress-free expertise, which is why some shoppers with continual ache attain for this pressure. That is a kind of potent strains that’ll put most individuals on their ass for hours.
These two strains are one other nice instance of how cannabinoids mix with terpenes to supply results. Cinex and Purple Hindu Kush are very related terpene-wise, however possibly PHK’s tendency to supply larger ranges of THC on common helps clarify why this pressure delivers a sock-it-to-me sort of excessive.
Chernobyl and Golden Lemon
Major terpenes: Terpinolene, myrcene, caryophyllene
Cannabinoid content material: Chernobyl (18% THC on common), Golden Lemon (23% THC on common)
Chernobyl is a citrus-flavored cross of Trainwreck, Jack The Ripper, and Trinity. With its long-lasting cerebral excessive and mood-lifting qualities, many affiliate Chernobyl with daytime actions. So it’s mildly shocking to see that its terpene profile is similar to Golden Lemon, an indica-dominant hybrid cross of Kosher Kush and Lemon Skunk that many search for its stress-free qualities.
Although typically differing in perceived results, the frequent terpene profile produces pungent citrus flavors in each strains. It is a nice instance of how cannabinoids play an equal function within the entourage impact of cannabinoids and terps that our physique feels. Positive, these strains might scent and style related—however the higher-on-average THC ranges in Golden Lemon might assist push its efficiency in direction of extra sedative rest.