Have you ever read those old pick your own adventure stories? You know, the ones where you have to jump to page 69 to find out what would happen if you decided to kill the orc with the axe instead of the bow (and if you’re like me, always kept a bookmark in case it all went to hell)? Have you ever read one…while on weed?

One of the many great things about the successful marijuana legalization efforts across the U.S. is the greatly expanded strain varieties of indicas, sativas and hybrids with cataloged effects. Whether it’s a racy sativa to get the party going or a calming indica to help you relax or cap off the night, check out our handy guide on the different types of strains out in the market.

The Origins of the Indica vs Sativa Dichotomy

Indica and sativa were used originally to describe physical characteristics of the cannabis plant. Short, bushy plants with wide leaves that excelled in cooler climates were referred to as indicas, while tall plants that were found in warmer climates with thinner, more spread out leaves and flowers were called sativas. But why do we now use these classifications in terms of experience?

“Originally, it was likely thought that the morphological differences did correlate with distinct experiential differences,” says Robert Sindelar, Chief Science Officer (CSO) at BAS Research in Berkeley, CA. “As time moved on, and the genetic line between indicas and sativas became blurred, along with the expansion of understanding of the activity relationships of these plants, then I would say it has become somewhat of an artifact these days.”

With your newly acquired cannabis pallet you’ll be able to take your next choose your own adventure to a whole new level! What are some of your favorite strains for reading?

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