The Nose Knows: Choosing the Right Strain For You
Updated: Oct 18
Do you know how there seems to be an infinite variety of cereal brands at the grocery store? Cannabis users may feel similarly overwhelmed at the dispensary, where they’re faced with one fundamental question: which strain is best for me? The key to unlocking this answer is right under your nose, literally.
The Entourage Effect:
There’s a lot more to a great high than the THC potency of whatever strain you’re smoking. Cannabinoids, terpenoids, and alcohol esters are the three compounds found in Cannabis Sativa that produce something called “the Entourage Effect,” which gives each strain its unique fragrance and effects.
Rather than focusing on the THC percentage, consider what kind of high you’d like to enjoy. For those using cannabis medicinally, think about which symptoms you’d like to alleviate. After all, terpenes vary in their effects, and learning more about what they can do is the best way to achieve the high you’re looking for.
What About Terpenes?
For example, the terpenes myrcene and linalool exhibit unique pharmacological mechanisms that produce analgesia, or rather, an inability to feel pain. On the other hand, terpenes such as limonene, which carries a citrusy scent, are known to uplift moods and heighten creativity by increasing the rate at which the body absorbs other terpenes (Dubey, 2020).
According to a journal article published in the Medical Cannabis Community, there is a significant connection between the smell of a cannabis plant and its effects (Dubey, 2020).
Given the primal nose-brainstem connection, industry experts and cannabis connoisseurs alike have long advocated for cannabis consumers to let their noses guide them.
In other words, try choosing the strain that smells best to you.
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