While your unique physiology plays a role in how a cannabis strain affects you, so does its lineage. If you’re looking to purchase a new strain but are wondering how it will affect you, understanding your plant’s genetics allows you to better predict its effects upon consumption.
Terpenes aren’t unique to cannabis. They’re present in a lot of different plants, where they serve as a natural defence mechanism against predators. Plants make strong-smelling terpenes to ward off herbivores and attract beneficial animals, like bees and other pollinators. Research suggests that terpenes may help explain why each strain of cannabis feels different, even if the strains all have similar levels of THC and CBD.
Cannabinoids are also responsible for the effects produced by cannabis. There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that may help to alleviate certain symptoms, manage pain, ease inflammation, and play a role in neurological disorders as well as mental health.
The plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids differ due to the environment it’s grown in, which leads us to the next point:
Further, growing the same strain in different environments can lead to different physical characteristics, such as trichome development, terpene and cannabinoid profile, plant height, structure, and colour. For example, if cultivators grow a strain in a hot environment, it might have a higher THC content than when it’s grown in a cold environment. Similarly with all plants. there is an optimal environment that allows the plant to focus more of its energy on growing and cannabinoid production rather than dealing with any type of stress (whether it be temperature, humidity, amount of light, light wavelength, wind, etc.). Once the new strain is stabilized, meaning that the genetics are consistent for each seed, the grower can expect to get similar effects and attributes in each new plant.
Most strains available for purchase are hybrids, meaning a cross between two different strains. By researching the effects produced by your plant’s mother and father strains, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.
If you’re wondering which strains are best suited for you and your symptoms once you get your Medical Document, or If you have questions regarding your medicine and its effects, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our healthcare practitioners by booking an online consultation.