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Cannabis Strains & Their Origins

Cannabis Strains & Their Origins

Pure Sativas are very tall (reaching as high as 20 feet), with long branches, and large, narrow leaves. Pure Indica strains are shorter and bushier, and have wider leaves. Indicas are often favored by indoor growers. Sativas bloom later than Indicas, often taking a month or more longer to mature.

The subjective effects of Sativas and Indicas are clearly different, but the ratio of THC to CBD in most strains of both types is similar, averaging about 200:1. Many Indica-dominant hybrids consist of a mixture of plants with varying THC/CBD ratios. But relatively high CBD is useful for treating both pain and insomnia.

Cannabis strains with higher ratios of THC to CBD are more likely to induce anxiety than cannabis with low THC/CBD ratios. This is due to CBD’s antagonist (blocking) effect at the cannabinoid receptor, versus THC’s agonist (promoting) effect.

Kush vs. Haze vs. Diesel
Kush is a strain almost solely of the Indica variety. The name originates from the Hindu­‐Kush mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Northwestern India where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Like most Indicas, this sweet smelling plant is short and squat in size.

Some forms of Kush are hybrids of Indica and Sativa strains, with the resulting cross often producing greater harvests.

Common Kush Strains

  • Afghan Kush
  • Hindu Kush
  • LA Confidential
  • White Widow
  • Bubba Kush
  • Master Kush
  • Cotton Candy Kush
  • Purple Kush

Haze is a Sativa variety, known for its potency and the energetic euphoria it produces. Haze is often crossed with other strains to introduce qualities of both strains.

Haze originates from tropical parts of the world including Southeast Asia, Mexico, South America, and South Africa. It is very tall, often growing over 20 feet in height.

Haze strains generally provide an energetic, creative feeling. However, the relatively higher THC/CBD ratios can be intense for some patients and cause anxiety. Haze strains have some of the highest THC levels ever recorded.

Common Haze Strains:

  • Super Lemon Haze
  • G13
  • Super Silver Haze
  • Chronic Haze
  • Yummy Haze

Diesel strains are Sativa-dominant hybrids known for both their high potency and their distinctive lemon flavor, and are often described as having a diesel fuel smell.

Common Diesel Strains:

  • Sour Diesel
  • OG Kush
  • Headband
  • Lemon Diesel
  • Super dawg

Information provided here is excerpted from sources including The National Institutes of Health, Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and other scholarly sources. This information is intended only to complement, not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals. Patients who have questions should seek guidance their doctor or other healthcare professional.

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