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Marijuana strain types. Experts weigh in on the differences between indica and sativa

Updated: May 27, 2023

Walking into a dispensary for the first time can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience.

Many budtenders are happy to walk customers through the process of figuring out what products they need. But it can help both parties if customers come in with some knowledge of marijuana and their needs.

It’s most important to know what type of high you’d like to achieve. Each strain of weed will have different effects, and different people will respond positively to different strains. Over time, a marijuana user will be able to identify their preferences more clearly.

One of the first things a budtender will ask about is whether you want an indica, sativa or hybrid strain. It’s often prominently labeled on product packaging.

But what is the difference between the three classifications? While cannabis-consuming communities have accepted and used the categorizations for decades, there’s ongoing dispute between taxonomists and other scientists regarding the truth.

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