With so many new hemp-derived delta 8 THC products coming out, it may get confusing to understand what a terpene profile is, what THC percentage is, and many more questions.
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In this article, we’re going to do a deep dive into delta 8 sativa and indica plants, breaking down the myths and the facts.
Delta 8 THC is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids in cannabis sativa plants and grown hemp plants.
It is extremely structurally similar to delta 9 THC, but generally speaking, it is less potent.
This is why it’s commonly referred to as “diet weed.” Delta 8 THC has become insanely popular in states where cannabis is illegal because delta 8 THC is legal by federal law. This is because delta 8 THC is hemp-derived.
Like many other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, delta 8 THC is being studied for its ability to promote relaxation and possibly help patients with a medical condition.
Recreationally, though, hemp-derived delta 8 THC is being used for its less intense effects because it has been reported to help people fall asleep or unwind after a stressful day.
You can consume hemp-derived delta 8 THC the same ways that you consume regular cannabis: delta 8 flower, delta 8 disposables, delta 8 cartridges, delta 8 gummies, and the list goes on.
Delta 8 THC shares the same effects as regular cannabis products, but it is more mellow. The same relaxing effects are there with delta 8 THC.
Users report a nice high that isn’t going to completely lock you to the couch, and depending on the strain, you’ll probably experience some level of munchies.
Hemp-derived delta 8 THC is also psychoactive, but not as psychoactive as hemp-derived delta 9 THC or regular marijuana.
To get the most out of your hemp-derived delta 8 THC experience, you can also try other compounds along with it (like CBD, CBN, or CBG) to experience what’s known as the entourage effect.
This effect creates a synergy between inactive and active cannabinoids to create a complete experience.
If you’ve tried cannabis or done some research on cannabis, you’ve probably heard of the different strains that exist.
Hybrid, indica, and sativa strains are the three main classifications for cannabis and hemp flower, and we’re going to explain what they are and what they do.
The cannabis sativa plant is characterized by taller and slimmer leaves that are longer and thinner.
Genetically, sativas have a lower CBD to THC ratio. Many users report that the sativa strain has energizing effects that produce a nice head high with better creativity and motivation.
This is why it has become a favorite for those looking for daytime strains.
Some of the most popular strains include Strawberry Cough and Sour Diesel, which you have probably heard of if you’ve been in the cannabis space for some time. These two strains are great for socializing.
Hemp-derived delta 8 THC sativa is reported to feel uplifting, energizing, motivating, and euphoric with creative-boosting effects.
Many people love to use cannabis sativa strains when they need to get things done or if they want to be social.
|Strain Name||Flavor Profile||Effects|
|Strawberry Cough||Skunky strawberry||Cerebral, uplifting, happy, potent|
|Green Crack||Citrusy, earthy||Less mental fog, motivation|
|Lemon Haze||Bright lemon flavor||Uplifting, calming|
|Sour Diesel||Skunky, diesel, lemon, and orange||Creative, motivated, clear mind|
|Pineapple Express||Tropical||Motivating, uplifting|
|Sour Space Candy||Sweet, sour, appley, citrus||Clarity, calming, uplifting, relaxing|
Indica strains are like the opposite of sativa. Cannabis indica is characterized by shorter and bushier leaves that are wider.
With a higher CBD to THC ratio, indica tends to give users a more relaxing experience.
Many users report that they love to use indicas before sleep or for pain-relief, and it makes sense.
Since THC and CBD both have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, they work together to help manage pain, insomnia, and more.
One of the most popular indica strain is Hindu Kush, which is said to have originated in the Hindu Kush mountains.
|Strain Name||Flavor Profile||Effects|
|Bubba OG||Sweet, peppery, slight citrus undertones||Social, relaxed|
|Blueberry||Strong blueberry, smokey||Calming, restful, relaxed|
|Royal Kush||Sweet, earthy||Long-lasting bliss, happy, relaxed|
|Northern Lights||Skunky citrus, a hint of spice||Heavy hitting, couch-locked, numbing|
|Granddaddy Purp||Strong grape||Potent whole-body high, relaxed, couch-locked|
|Bubba Kush||Smooth, earthy, slight pine scent||Happy, relaxed, comforting|
Cannabis indica delta 8 THC strains will give you more of a “body high” according to cannabis connoisseurs.
Reported to be more relaxing, appetite stimulating, and sleepy, people opt for an indica strain for night time use.
Many athletes also prefer to use indica delta 8 THC when they need to get good sleep or recovery.
Like Goldilocks, a hybrid strain meets somewhere in the middle of a sativa and an indica.
Hybrid strains offer the best of both worlds, giving you the uplifting effects of a sativa and relaxing effects of an indica.
Even within hybrids, there are sativa dominant hybrid strains and indica dominant strains, so it’s easy to find the right strain for you.
The hybrid cannabis plant is going to meet in the middle of differences when it comes to leaf characteristics.
Many cannabis plants nowadays are hybrids because they’re relatively easy to grow. Some of the most popular strains include Sour Space Candy, Pineapple Express, and Blue Dream.
|Strain Name||Flavor Profile||Effects|
|Train Wreck||Earthy, piney||Excited, soothing, happy, potent|
|Super Silver Haze||Spicy, peppery||Energetic, cerebral, motivating, with long-lasting effects|
|Zkittlez||Fruity, sweet||Calming, alert, happy, unwinding|
|Caribbean Dream||Pungent, fruity, hints of cedar||Uplifting, alert, relaxed|
|Gelato||Slight cookie taste, citrus||Low-key, uplifting, relaxed, motivating|
|Blueberry Kush||Sweet blueberry, smokey, earthy||Very relaxing, calming|
|Thin Mint GSC||Sweet, earthy, a hint of pine||Uplifting, calming, clarity|
|Hawaiian Haze||Tropical, pine, a hint of lavender||Motivated, alert, confident|
|ACDC||Earthy, skunky, slightly fruity||Alert, social, uplifting|
|Sunset Sherbert||Fruity, skunky, sweet||Carefree, relaxed, clear-headed, good for social interactions|
|Stormy Daniels||Diesel overtones, berry, herbal||Calming, relaxed|
|Gorilla glue #4||Fuel, earthy, piney||Heavy hitting, happy, stuck to the couch|
|Blue Dream||Blueberry, fruity||Creative, blissful|
A balanced hybrid strain will give you the uplifting effects of a sativa as well as the relaxing, pain-relieving effects of an indica.
This is why hybrids are so popular for social interaction. They will take the edge off while giving you the energy to go out and have fun.
The question of which strain is best completely depends on the desired effects you’re looking for.
Certain strains (like sativa) will give you more of an uplifting effect, while others (like indica) will give you a more sleepy effect.
And because the human body is so complex, each person will react differently with each cannabis product.
If you don’t know where to start, you can start with a hybrid strain because they meet in the middle.
Hybrid strains won’t completely knock you out but they won’t make you insanely energetic either. To find the best hemp strains for you, it’s going to take some experimentation.
Cannabis ruderalis is a strain that isn’t talked about much. Native to Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe, ruderalis is much shorter than sativa and indica with thick and sturdy stems.
They grow in environments inhabited by humans, so they’re able to adjust to harsher conditions. People like growing it because it can withstand rugged conditions and it’s easier to grow.
Sativa strains are usually good to use throughout the day or if you need to be productive.
This is because sativa promotes productivity, creativity, and energy. This is also useful if you know you’re going to be in a social situation where you need that extra boost to get through.
Indica is reported to be best at night time. Because of its general CBD to THC ratio, it will be more sleepy and relaxing.
Indica is also used for those with chronic pain or muscle aches because of it generally has more anti-inflammatory properties.
Hybrid strains are great for social interaction or for those looking for specific strains that are balanced.
Different strains of hybrid are going to be different depending on the ratio of sativa to indica, though.
If you’re looking for cannabis strains that will give you the most well-rounded cannabis experience, hybrids are where it’s at.
Hybrid delta 8 flower and marijuana products give you the best of both indica and sativa worlds.
As much as you want to believe it, sativa, indica, and hybrid cannabis strains don’t necessarily dictate the effects of the strains.
What actually does is the cannabinoids and terpene profile of the strains. It just happens that strains align with these characteristics.
For example, many sativa strains contain cannabinoid and terpene contents that are more energetic.
CBD, a different cannabinoid than hemp-derived delta 8 THC, for example, can affect how a strain will feel.
CBD is a cannabinoid also found in cannabis and hemp flower. It isn’t psychoactive, but it is relaxing and pain-relieving.
Strains with high CBD contents are going to be more sleepy or relaxing than those with lower CBD contents.
When you look at the terpene profile of hemp-derived delta 8 flower, marijuana, or cannabis, you can get an idea of the effects you’re going to get.
Delta 8 cannabis strains usually contain four main terpenes: myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, and terpinolene.
Different strains of delta 8 are going to have different concentrations of these terpenes, which affects effects as well as flavor.
There is so much to learn about the hemp plant, delta 8 flower, and cannabis, but hopefully, we’ve broken it down.
Now that you know all about delta 8 cannabis strains, go out, stay safe, and stay elevated.
Jennifer Williams - Expert cannabis author