It is becoming increasingly clear that cannabis is becoming a regular part of everyday life for many people across the country, and this is an excellent thing! But with this, comes the customer who has been smoking since legalization and has maybe read a couple of articles from a random site and believes experience trumps researched knowledge. You may have seen in my previous post, the common man who makes sure to point out that any flower that doesn’t test higher is just garbage. Even more fun yet, you’ll have that very same customer tell you that they want a high testing indica, specifically. “Something that will knock my socks off and set me back.” Here is how to politely tell them that what they are asking for isn’t as common as they would think, and even better, steer them away from the percentages and drop some knowledge on them!

Cannabis knowledge is power

Breaking Down Indica and Sativa

For the untrained budtender, in layman’s terms, THC is a way to tell how much psychoactivity there is to a strain. It’s that head high, that mood change, that thing that gets your brain (and possibly your body) going! This is why sativas are going to typically be your more high testers because they are “uppers,” they help you focus or do anything. Now with indicas, it’s not so much focused on that head high as it is more so focused on the body; it’s referred to “in-da-couch” for a reason. Because of this, they can have lower THC levels but can contain more CBD content.

Indica properties are known to be more relaxing, sedative, and mainly focuses on the sensations you are feeling in your body. Now, this is not to say that higher testing indicas are impossible to find, it just seems that it is not as common as some would think. Of course, with the aforementioned intense breeding occurring, it is essential to maintain the idea that it is all a spectrum. This is why terpene testing is becoming more common, thankfully! It’s becoming more evident that shopping through terpene content may start to become the truest way in being able to get the array of effects you desire. With that in mind, recommend people indicas that have rich terpene profiles! Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Linalool; all of these are key to indicas success!

This is why terpene testing is becoming more common, thankfully! It’s becoming more evident that shopping through terpene content may start to become the truest way in being able to get the array of effects you desire

We are aware that today’s cannabis is vastly different from yesteryears cannahistory, whether it be from the plethora of strain variation in ever-changing genetic breeding to the precise control in the environment in being able to guide and give rise to the production of certain cannabinoids, etc. With cannabis still being so new regarding accessibility and especially in that regard, scientifically in research, there is just no way to know everything about cannabis just from what we have gathered previously.

Be a Life Long Cannabis Student  

We have a good foundation, but we are still consistently finding new great things about this wonderful plant! This is a humble way of telling people that they don’t know everything and that even the greatest minds in cannabis are still currently learning and admit to such. We will only unlock the full potential and knowledge of this plant with more experimentation and by moving forward with what we have been doing, which sadly, the growers of our past couldn’t do with circumstances given. We have to encourage people to keep learning with us and make sure that as budtenders we are setting the bar for cannabis common knowledge in our communities!