Learning about the effects and pharmacology of cannabis has been a slow but very rewarding journey for me.
I actually did believe I knew so much when I first tried it over 10 years ago.
I knew about the difference between sativas and indicas, how most say they experience stimulating effects from the former and sedating effects from the latter. I knew that there was a rudimentary difference between the experience of vaporizing different cannabis buds versus concentrates, not just for the higher concentration of THC in each and every hit, however also the array of cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in dried cannabis flowers. These cannabinoids and terpenes often become destroyed during the extraction procedure, with some extraction procedures bringing about better results than others. But there was something pressing about terpenes that took me many years to understand. I took it for granted that I experienced something weird with a sativa opposed to an indica, although I honestly assumed it had to do with CBD levels. I could not have been more wrong. Myrcene is a regular terpene that is often found in sedating strains of cannabis. Current pharmacologists actually believe that higher levels of myrcene in ratio to other terpenes is to blame for a single strain seeming more indica-like versus another. The dispensaries are definitely doing their best with what they have, however their employees are actually ignorant to these details. The cannabis dispensary workers often don’t even know that sativas were usually plants with longer leaves and indicas had shorter and more stout leaves. Either variety can have high or low levels of myrcene, which makes the traditional sativa-indica distinction especially problematic. It’s not the size of the leaf that truly determines the form or type of psychoactivity, nor does the whole psychoactivity tell you what kind of leaf that should be expected from the strain you’re consuming.