So, “pure” sativa or indica strains are also probably fictions. Still, the scientific literature suggests that plants with more sativa ancestry have higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than indica-dominant plants, which have higher levels of cannabidiol, or CBD. As for what these compounds do, many studies have shown basically the same thing: THC gets you high, and CBD does not. It’s not totally clear what CBD does to the brain, but a 2008 study showed that, in high doses, CBD and THC can work together, with CBD alleviating some of the anxiety reported after THC ingestion.
Going forward, knowing what different strains of weed and weed strain names actually mean, and will do to you, will require rigorous genetic indexing, and standardizing the creation of new strains. Myles hopes that marijuana becoming more acceptable (and legal, at least in some places) will help with this.
Me, externally: Banana Clip, please.
Weed dispensaries have popped up in many major cities like goose shit in the springtime, and an oddly stressful ritual has entered many of our lives: choosing a strain of the devil’s lettuce to roll into a jazz cigarette. The conversation typically goes something like this:
Me, internally: Hm, seems fake.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) & Cannabidiol (CBD) content in weed
Dispensary lady: My guy, today we’ve got some Jack Herer, which is sativa-dominant and has a cerebral and talkative high, or Banana Clip, which is close to a 50/50 hybrid and will give you the body buzz of an indica with some of the effects of a sativa. We’ve also got God’s Green Crack and Mango Dream.
How did dispensaries influence weed names?
“As we legitimize the use of cannabis, the science necessarily catches up—it’s not going to stay in the dark forever,” he said. “One day you’ll be able to go to a dispensary and get Lemon Skunk, and be sure that it’s Lemon Skunk.”
Cannabis strains labelled "sativa" and "indica" promise different physical effects but scientifically speaking, even the “best” weed strains are probably bullshit—names like "Purple Kush" don't mean anything.