The growth environment and cannabis plant’s genetic code result in unique traits known as the phenotype. Environmental factors such as light, water and nutrient levels, as well as characteristics from the mother and father plants, influences the potency, color, smell, height, resin production and every aspect of the phenotype. Genetically identical cannabis plants can be very different from one another due to variables such as indoor or outdoor grow conditions.
Sativas, Indicas, and Hybrids: What’s the Deal?
Male plants pollinate the female plants to produce seeds containing genetic ancestry from both parents. Strains are developed from breeding parent strains, striving to create the ideal chemical profile, terpenes, appearance and effects on the user. There are currently thousands of cannabis strains on the market. They are frequently categorized into three primary genetic types: sativa, indica and hybrid. While sativas are thought to be energizing, indicas more for mellowing out and hybrids falling in-between, these terms refer more to the plant’s structure.
Sativa strains tend to be tall and spindly, featuring long, thin, fan-like leaves. Indicas are shorter with wider leaves and hybrids include a diversity of growth traits. The genetics of the strain is a better indication of the effects and every person experiences those effects differently. The goal is to determine the strains you like best. Choosing “the best weed” is a personalized journey and will probably require some sampling.
Find the Right Strain for You
Phenotopia Dispensary is happy to share insight into different strains and offer our shelves for your exploration. Often referred to as Santa Rosa’s Friendliest Dispensary, we listen to your preferences, opinions, wants and needs. Our knowledgeable staff strives to educate and assist. Feel free to ask questions. Take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with our wide variety of strains and enjoy everything we have to offer.
Some of the most popular cannabis strains include:
- Blue Dream
- Flo Walker
- Forbidden Fruit
- Green Crack
- Kush Mints
- OG Kush
- Pineapple Express
- Purple Haze
- Sour Diesel
- Wedding Cake