In recent months there have been some pretty radical suggestions that weed strain variations might not be as diverse as we think. This is of course counter-intuitive to the assumption that most stoners have probably held for generations (i.e. that cannabis only differs in terms of its THC content).
Case in point, when researchers at the University of British Columbia found that select strains had virtually identical CBD and THC levels, a series of hysterical headlines were rattled off claiming that “all weed was basically the same.”
Naturally, the writers of these stories failed to point out that the UBC study only focused on a small group of breeders from the same geographical area. As we all know, localized climate can play a deciding role in the end cannabinoid profile of any particular phenotype.
However, even though the study did only look at one tiny sample, it did uncover a pretty significant issue: and that is that marijuana strains don’t always “show” the genetic profile claimed by breeders. As a result, novices may purchase something completely different from what they intended.
The simple reality is that there is SO much more going on in weed than just its THC and CBD content…
What is also crucial for us to realize here is that there is so much more going on in weed than its THC and CBD content. In fact, there are well over 100 cannabinoids. Just because THC and CBD are the most abundant, certainly doesn’t mean they’re the only ones responsible for the effects we feel.
However, we can’t get around the fact that marijuana research is still in its infancy – especially in terms of understanding the plant’s impact on our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Therefore, it is entirely possible that cannabinoids such as cannabinol (CBN) have more of an impact than we know. Then, of course, there is the small matter of the 200+ terpenes in cannabis.
Anyway, the overall purpose of this article is to show that there IS a significant difference between marijuana strains. All of the following strains contain high levels of THC, even though they produce varying effects. Anyone who believes weed is the same has never tried Gorilla Glue #4 one night, and Candyland the next…
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5 Powerful Marijuana Strains That Have Completely Different Effects
1 – Gorilla Glue #4 (The Marijuana Strain That Zonks You Out)
This is an exceptionally potent balanced hybrid with a THC level approaching 30%. It is a cross of Chocolate Diesel, Sour Dubb, and Chem’s Sister. The first clue as to this strain’s potency comes when you try to trim the buds after harvest. Make sure you pack several pairs of scissors because they’ll get stuck together.
It is a Cannabis Cup winning strain that is every bit as powerful as its THC content suggests. Its heavy cerebral effects hit you pretty hard, and the buzz can last for several hours. Don’t use GG#4 if you have tasks to complete because the euphoric high gives you complete body relaxation and could ultimately result in couch-lock.
At one time, it was difficult to find Gorilla Glue #4, but now, it is used as medical marijuana to treat conditions such as muscle spasms, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. GG#4 provides you with a woody aftertaste, but there are also hints of chocolate and coffee. Its flowering time is 8-9 weeks, and it is ready to harvest outdoors by mid-October.
2 – Candyland (The Energizer Marijuana Strain)
If GG#4 helps to relax you, Candyland gets you moving. It is another balanced hybrid with a THC content reaching 24%. It is a cross of two legendary strains: Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, and Granddaddy Purple. With such awesome parents, it is no surprise to learn that Candyland is a sensational strain in its own right.
There are few marijuana strains on the market capable of providing you with a more natural boost of energy than Candyland. Whether you need an early morning ‘pick me up,’ or else you feel lethargic during the day, take a few hits of this strain and get going. Intriguingly, the energy you feel doesn’t come at the cost of relaxation. It also helps you feel euphoric, chatty and boosts creativity.
As you might expect, Candyland’s flavor is sweet and delicious, with hints of earthiness. The fresh pine and berries complete a complex taste profile, and the flavors linger on the palate. It is used to treat PTSD, fatigue, and anxiety. It is an easy plant to grow for novices with a flowering time of 8-9 weeks, and it’s usually ready for harvest by the beginning of October.
3 – Chemdawg (The Marijuana Strain That Induces Giggling)
We’ve had energy and relaxation; what about laughter? After all, weed is stereotypically associated with fits of uncontrollable giggling. Fear not, Chemdawg is here, and it is a fantastic strain to use if you are feeling down. It is a slightly indica-dominant hybrid that’s believed to be a cross of a Thai and a Nepalese Sativa. Chemdawg is very potent with a THC content of up to 26%.
The cerebral high provided by this strain can be overwhelming if you’re a novice so toke carefully! It is a relaxing and uplifting strain that’s perfect if you want to stay at home, chill out, and laugh until your lungs hurt. While it is sometimes used by creative individuals to spur them on, the most likely effect of Chemdawg is that you start giggling without knowing why.
Chemdawg is a pungent strain, so make sure the room you use it in is well ventilated! Its strong diesel flavor is not for everyone, but it could prove useful if you want to treat stress or chronic pain. Once the high subsides, you will feel relaxed and ready to sleep. Chemdawg takes nine weeks to flower and is ready to harvest in October. It is a massive yielder with 28 ounces per square meter indoors, and 35 ounces per plant outdoors!
4 – Goo (The Marijuana Strain That Causes the Munchies)
Yet another stereotype surrounding marijuana is its propensity to cause a late-night raid of the fridge. Once again, I’m delighted to help out lazy Hollywood writers by providing them with an ideal munchies strain. Goo is a strongly indica-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Hindu Kush and Blueberry. With a THC content of up to 24%, it is not an herb one should take lightly.
Experienced users may perceive Goo as a mild strain when they first try it. Goo provides a gentle physical high that occasionally intensifies but generally, it causes you to remain glued to one spot. The other thing you’ll notice is that this strain makes you feel VERY hungry. Given its potency and sedative effects, it makes sense to have snacks close by.
Goo offers a pine wood flavor with hints of berries. It is often used to treat insomnia and is also an option if you want to manage chronic pain. As I have already mentioned, Goo induces hunger so it could be a great choice if you need to gain weight, or else your appetite has dwindled due to the effects of radiation treatment. Goo flowers in 7-8 weeks and is ready for harvest in October. Some growers have reported taking 48 ounces of bud per plant!
5 – Pineapple Express (The Creative Person’s Marijuana Strain)
This marijuana strain was made famous by the Hollywood movie. However, while the big-screen version of Pineapple Express involved assorted craziness, the strain itself causes users to become mellow, clear-headed, and creative. It is a slightly sativa-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Hawaiian and Trainwreck. Its THC content is as high as 25% so it can be overly potent for new users.
Pineapple Express offers an enjoyable high that makes you feel uplifted, happy, and ready to do something creative. If you take the time to sit down and think, you might find that ideas begin jumping into your mind. Best of all, you feel relaxed and stress-free without succumbing to couch-lock.
The pineapple aroma and subsequent tropical fruit taste helped Pineapple Express to remain popular long after the hype over the movie died down. It is a popular medicinal marijuana treatment because it heals without sedative effects. It is often used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Pineapple Express has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks and is ready for harvest by the middle of October.
Final Thoughts on These 5 Awesome Strains
Any suggestion that all marijuana strains provide you with the same effects is laughably ignorant and shows a complete lack of understanding of this complex plant. There is no doubt that some breeders are unscrupulously claiming specific genetics to sell their strains. It is also true that hundreds of marijuana strains have similar THC and CBD levels.
However, there are hundreds of terpenes and cannabinoids to consider. There is every chance that these relatively unexamined compounds have a significant role to play in how weed affects humans. If all cannabis was the same, how come one strain sedates you while another causes a feeling of pure energy? Why does one strain make you feel introspective while another promotes constant laughter?
Cannabis is complicated, and it is only those who wish to damage the industry who suggest otherwise. It is only when clinical trials are allowed to take place on the same scale as they do in the pharmaceutical industry that we’ll get our answers.