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Indica or Sativa? How to Shop in Washington DC for the Experience you Want

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Have you smoked flower or eaten an edible thinking it would make you feel uplifted and talkative, but ended up feeling the complete opposite instead? It can be easy to think that all of our nug-shaped friends are the same, but they can be just as unique as you and me. Like many things in nature, cannabis is not only beautiful but complex. Enjoying your cannabis flower is about choosing the best one for you and the experience you need. But with so many options, how can you be sure to find the perfect flower? A good rule of thumb is to start by identifying whether you’re looking for a sativa or indica strain. This won’t tell you everything about a strain – terpenes play a huge role in this. But, these are the two broadest classes of cannabis strains, and understanding the difference helps you narrow things down and find the perfect flower for your stash!

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Why Are Sativas Great for Day-Time Use?

Sativa strains are an ideal option for those looking for an experience that feels motivating and cerebral. As they grow, sativa cannabis plants are distinguished by their long narrow leaves. They tend to reach towards the sun, and grow tall stalks as they age. Similar to the rays they absorb, sativa flower typically makes you feel sunny and energized. 

Sativa strains generally provide a giggly and happy “head high” that persists throughout the day. Sativas have an incredible ability to not only motivate you to get work done, but to also better enjoy your task at hand. Sativa strains are traditionally energetic and can also give you a social boost. But not all Sativas are the same. Some are great for focus and productivity such as Lemon Skunk, whereas others feel more stress-relieving and confident like Pineapple Express. Whichever sativa you choose, make sure to strap in for some serious bliss and “elevation”. Studies have shown that sativa strains are sought for as potential remedies for PTSD, depression, and anxiety. 

Are Indicas Better than Sativas?

It’s difficult to say whether one is stronger or “better” than the other since they provide polar opposite experiences. Indica strains are the relaxing counterparts to sativa plants. Instead of growing long with narrow leaves, Indica plants can be identified through their short stocky stalks and thick leaves. In contrast to the more energizing sativas, indicas are an ideal choice for comfort, relaxation or even a good night’s rest. 

If you need help remembering the difference, just think “in-the-couch” when you think in-di-ca because you’ll be mellow and relaxed after consuming an indica strain. Indicas are incredibly popular, with notable strains such as Sherbet, Girl Scout, and Wedding Cake often taking center stage. These strains are known to calm and relieve, making you feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket of comfort that can quiet thoughts while laying you on a cloud. 

What Makes a Strain Indica or Sativa?

Now that we understand the difference between indica and sativa strains, I’m sure you’re wondering, why exactly are they different? Is it all dependent on the grower or how you feel at the time? Not entirely. Genetics play a huge role in determining which class a strain can fit under, and one of the biggest indications of whether a strain will provide sativa or indica effects will be its terpene profile. In our previous post, we broke down 5 reasons why you shouldn’t shop based on THC alone. Terpenes are the oils within a cannabis plant that tailor THC into the effects you love! Indica strains have oils that are designed to be comforting and pain relieving whereas those within sativas are jovial and cheery. When buying cannabis flower in DC, make sure to think about how you want to feel and try to stay within the class of strains that can best bring that experience to life!

Find your New Favorite Washington DC Indica and Sativa Strains!

Navigating all of the flower options in Washington, DC can feel intimidating but at flowerz we make it easy with expert advice from our budtenders. Check out our full cannabis menu here or come visit us in our Capitol Hill location in Washington DC, and set your next cannabis journey up for success!

Consuming Rosin Cannabis Concentrate

  • For starters, rosin is made without solvents such as alcohol or butane. It is created through heat and pressure applied to cannabis plant material or hash. Resin, when used to describe a concentrate, is a cannabis extract created with a solvent.
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  • For starters, rosin is made without solvents such as alcohol or butane. It is created through heat and pressure applied to cannabis plant material or hash. Resin, when used to describe a concentrate, is a cannabis extract created with a solvent.

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Consuming Rosin Cannabis Concentrate

  • For starters, rosin is made without solvents such as alcohol or butane. It is created through heat and pressure applied to cannabis plant material or hash. Resin, when used to describe a concentrate, is a cannabis extract created with a solvent.
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  • For starters, rosin is made without solvents such as alcohol or butane. It is created through heat and pressure applied to cannabis plant material or hash. Resin, when used to describe a concentrate, is a cannabis extract created with a solvent.
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How is Rosin made?

Rosin can be made from either cannabis flower or hash, which is the collected kief (trichomes) of the Cannabis plant. If you have a grinder with a kief catch, you are probably already familiar! Rosin made from cannabis nugs tends to be slightly more difficult to enjoy, as plant matter almost always impacts the rosin. This does not impede the rosin’s potency but can cause an unpleasant flavor or smell for the user.

Once the cannabis source material is chosen, heat and pressure are applied. Most rosin for sale in dispensaries is created in a custom industrial press, though some users choose to make their own rosin at home with a hair straightener.

The applied heat and pressure to the cannabis material force out the cannabinoids and terpenes, similar to how canola or olives are pressed for oil. The end result is a cannabis concentrate with THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids as well as terpenes. The temperature and pressure applied correlate to the type of rosin produced. Rosin can be made into shatter, budder, taffy, and wax consistencies.

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