Cannabis Strains: Everything You’ve Been Wanting to Know

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Have you ever heard people talking about different cannabis strains and wondered what the heck they are on about?

Today our resident Cannabis Expert Carli Jo takes us on a journey teaching us all about cannabis strains. She teaches us about THC, CBD, and what all this fuss about different strains is.  

Learn how to use cannabis to improve your general wellness and sexual health. 

To learn even more about cannabis, be sure to check out our beginners guide to using cannabis to intimacy, as well as all the juicy info in cannabis and masturbation.

Okay, enough foreplay, let’s dive in!

 

The morning began like any other…

I woke up, made a cup of tea and had a shower. It was the act of blow drying my hair that drastically changed the day. 

Somehow, I managed to pinch a nerve that created agony in the right side of my body from the shoulder blade up. I’ve been here before. Pinched nerves, sore muscles, and hip pain are the norm for me. So is complaining to my husband and having him ask “would you like a pill?” and me declining, not wanting to take pharmaceutical drugs. 

I walk to my cannabis cabinet, debating between my CBD balm, CBD + THC + Arnica lotion and my CBD tincture. Today, the lotion and tincture won, and my pain slowly alleviated. 

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So What’s The difference between THC and CBD?

THC and CBD are the two major cannabinoids found in cannabis. Let’s talk about the difference. 

THC

THC stands for Tetra-hydro-cannabinol. Who’s going to ever remember that?! Here’s a more fun way to remember from Nikki Furrer’s book “A Women’s Guide To Cannabis.”

THC is:

The

High

Creator!

THC is the only compound in cannabis that is psychoactive, which means it is the only one that gets us high. 

There are many benefits of THC on both the body and the mind. Some benefits include: anti-inflammatory (great for that pain in the neck), reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. One of my personal favorite benefits is the ability to alter your senses, mainly sight, smell, and hearing.

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Ever wonder why food tastes better or concerts sound better when high? Apparently, THC has a unique effect on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors that leads to a super enhanced sense of smell, taste, sound, and touch! Making it perfect for bringing more sensory depth and pleasure to intimacy.

THC has been used for thousands of years as a spiritual guide by cultures around the world. Mostly due to its many spiritual benefits such as: altered states of consciousness, connection to deeper truths, spiritual awakenings, and its ability to shine light onto the illusions we carry about ourselves. 

 

CBD

CBD stands for “canna-bid-iol.” CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. This is the most notable difference between THC and CBD. THC gets you high, CBD does not get you high

CBD, just like it’s bestie THC, has many medicinal benefits. CBD is great for lowering or eliminating stress, which is a major cause of reduced sexual desire BTW. Other benefits include: Epilepsy and seizure disorders, reducing pain, inflammation (again, pain in neck) PTSD and anxiety.

One of my more recent favorite discoveries is CBD’s positive improvements on Erectile difficulties! This is largely due to its ability to repair tissue damage and improve blood flow to the genitals.

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 CBD can induce balance and homeostasis in the body. It’s a great tool to help relax the mind, and bring you into your body. This can be of major benefit when trying to transition from a long day to a steamy night. Try our fave, Veritas Farms today!

 

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CBD and THC are like Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Separately, they are talented singers but their combined efforts in Destiny Child is EPIC!! Meaning, THC and CBD alone are excellent compounds, but together they form what is called the entourage effect. 

The term “ENTOURAGE EFFECT” is growing in popularity in the cannabis culture. Ever seen the show Entourage? Vincent is THC, because he’s great alone and has many gratifying qualities. His three friends and manager are the other compounds like CBD, CBG, and CBN. When Vincent is supported he is stronger and more successful at doing his job. 

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The Myth & the Hype on Cannabis Strains 

You’ve probably heard the terms “indica,” “sativa,” and “hybrid” when discussing cannabis strains, especially if you live in California or Colorado. These three types primarily refer to the various plant shapes, structures and features that are important for growers.

Consumers have long thought that indicas have sedating effects, sativas promote energy, and hybrid effects fall somewhere in between. However, recent research suggests (and I agree) that classifying all indicas as sedatives and all sativas as energetic is bullsh*t.

I, for one, fall asleep when consuming sativas and receive a boost of inspiration, motivation, and creativity when consuming indicas. 

Today, cannabis classification more or less operates in the following categories: 

  • High-THC, low-CBD (more euphoric) 
  • High-CBD, low-THC (more clear-headed) 
  • Balanced CBD and THC (mildly euphoric)

Each of these three “chemotypes” offers unique benefits and affect the mind/body differently. It’s best to experiment with what works best for you personally. 

 

Apples to Apples 

When you go to the grocery store or your local farmers market to purchase apples, you’ll see an array of types such as Granny Smith, Fuji, and Red Delicious. How do you choose? By taste, color, smell, recipe, or how you plan to eat it? Would you choose one type of apple for an apple pie versus dipping in peanut butter? I would! 

Choosing a cannabis strain is very similar. Depending on what state you live in, a budtender will offer you a whiff of the cannabis before purchasing. Notice how it smells. If it smells bad to you put it away and do not purchase. If you’re feeling drawn to it, give it a try. It might just be your perfect strain.

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Consider what effect you want this cannabis to have. Do you want help sleeping, or do you need a boost of energy? Getting out of your head and into your body? If I adhered to the mainstream explanation of sativas boosting energy, I would have been highly disappointed when it put me to sleep.

This is to say that the best plan of action for finding what works best for you is to experiment with different strains and potencies. Have fun!

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Disclaimer: Cannabis is not legal in every state in the US, so please follow the legal guidelines for where you reside. Views represented within this blog are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of Sex With Emily.

 


Carli Jo is an LA-based Cannabis Sensuality Coach who specializes in helping couples increase connection and intimacy by guiding them through a unique process that uses cannabis and tantra in a safe and sacred space.
Carli Jo’s work was featured in the New York Times, but you may have seen her featured on The Bachelor… Credits as a Casting Producer. You can follow her ​website​ and on Instagram​!
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