Cannabis growers produce hundreds of different strains of the plant. Many of these are naturally-occurring, but others are hybrids developed for particular flavors and properties. Each strain has different uses and effects, and users all have their favorites. Popular strains like Blue Dreams, Northern lights strain, Sour Diesel and Girl Scout Cookies Extreme all have their fans.

Part of the reason why there are so many strains is that cannabis contains hundreds of chemical compounds, which give each plant its flavor and medical profile. These compounds include cannabinoids and terpenes, which combine for a unique flavor for each plant. The number of varieties and flavors means that there’s a strain that’s right for every user.

How Cannabinoids and Terpenes Give Each Strain its Flavor

Cannabinoids and terpenes are among the compounds that give each strain of cannabis its properties and flavor. There are hundreds of these, and many are still being studied. The two dominant cannabinoids are THC and CBD, which are also the best known. THC is used therapeutically for pain and insomnia, while CBD can help in treating anxiety.

However, there are many other cannabinoids well, and growers experiment with various combinations for entirely new properties. Terpenes give cannabis and many other plants, their flavor and aroma. Cannabis plants share terpenes with many fruits, like oranges, lemon, pine, berries, and spices. It’s the combination of cannabinoid content and terpene that makes a unique strain, with its own flavor and properties.

Some Popular Strains and Their Uses

For users looking for the cannabis strains that are right for them, it’s best to start by learning about the different varieties, their properties, and their side effects. The next stage, of course, is to try a few different varieties until you find the one that works best. Cannabis varieties can be consumed in many ways: smoking, vaping, and edibles, pills, and drinks. They are also available for topical use as sprays, patches, and creams.

When using any variety of cannabis, it’s important to keep in mind that most will have some side effects. Some can be sedative, while others may produce feelings of anxiety and paranoia. The sedative effect means that some varieties are better suited for the evening and nighttime use than in the daytime. It’s important to choose carefully, and to consume cannabis is a responsible manner.

Blue Dream

This hybrid is the most popular variety in the US. It has notes of vanilla and blueberry and produces a euphoric high. With a mixture of THC and CBD, it can be used for pain relief and for treating anxiety, stress, and depression.

Sour Diesel

This strain lives up to its name and anyone who didn’t know how sour diesel smells will fish out when they smell this hybrid. The high THC content makes it a powerful pain reliever. Sour Diesel is closely associate with popular culture and especially with hip-hop.

Northern Lights

This popular flavor is both sweet and spicy, with earthy and piney notes. It is used for insomnia, stress, and depression. It is moderately sedative and can be used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Girl Scout Cookies Extreme

This hybrid smells sweet and skunky, though some people claim there’s chocolate in the mix as well. That’s how it gets its name. It produces a euphoric high, and the high THC content makes it useful for pain relief and depression. It can also be used for treating PTSD.

White Widow

This is another hybrid that gets its name from the coating of sticky white crystals that covers the plant. Its uses include stress relief as well as treatment for depression and minor pains as well as alternative ADHD therapy.

Gorilla Glue #4

This is another popular strain with a pungent aroma resembling earthy cheese with undertones of pine. It’s a powerful sedative (hence the name, because it glues the user to the couch) and therapeutic, and is used for pain relief in extreme conditions.

OG Kush

This variety is known for its stress-reducing properties and has become a staple of medical marijuana dispensaries. It produces a euphoric high and has a sedative effect.

The many varieties of cannabis have different effects and use. Most users find the ones that suit them by trying a few different varieties. There are several different methods of consuming cannabis as well, and you can try a few to find the ones that suit you best.