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Science of Sativa CannabisSativa cannabis has a reputation for a heady high, one that gives you room to focus and concentrate on creative endeavors instead of sinking into that weird, soft thing in your living room under the phenomenon of “couch lock.” We have explained the differences between indica and sativa in the past, but today we’re diving into the nitty gritty behind the science of sativa cannabis.
Physical DifferencesThe science of sativa cannabis, it turns out, is actually not that different from that of indica strains; differences in the genetics between the plants are somewhat difficult to ascertain, although additional research in the future is likely to shed more light on this. On a concrete, tangible level, sativa plants grow taller and thinner, while indicas tend to be shorter and squatter. With regard to cannabinoids, sativas are known for the higher concentration of THC, while indicas can claim more pain-relieving CBD. The effects of sativa cannabis are also markedly different than indicas, so certain properties have become associated with each type of strain, with the most obvious being that sativas tend to provide a more alert and awake high, while indicas are felt more in the body and less in the mind.
What About Terpenes?Terpenes are aromatic essential oils that all cannabis produces. In fact, it’s the terpenes that give each strain its unique scent, as well as flavors and other characteristics. In other words, terpenes seem to offer a potential explanation for the difference in effects between sativa cannabis and indica strains. Pinene is one of the most well-known terpenes; it also happens to be more likely found in sativa cannabis. It smells like pine trees (hence the name, perhaps), and effects include memory recognition, alertness, and a general sense of happiness. Some of the most popular strains of sativa that are known for high concentrations of pinene include Jack Herer, Bubba Kush, Strawberry Cough, Trainwreck, Chemdawg, Super Silver Haze, and Island Sweet Skunk. Many people who have tried these strains report increased creativity and energy in various proportions. But how exactly do terpenes influence the high? With more and more support for medical cannabis research, we’re sure to find out more specific information in the coming years, but based on what is currently known, the human brain contains various receptors that are affected by cannabinoids (the endocannabinoid system). The presence of terpenes, then, can have an effect on how cannabinoids actually interact with the receptors. The type of terpenes (and how much of them are contained in the plant) are an important component in the form and intensity of the high. While many sativas contain more of certain terpenes (like our friend pinene) they also contain less of other terpenes – such as the earthy musk of myrcene, more commonly contained within indica strains and known for its ability to soothe and calm. Of course, it’s not a hard and fast rule or scientific law; different phenotypes of the same strain can lead to flowers containing varying amounts of terpenes, but the differentiation in the mix of terpenes surely helps in understanding the distinctions between between sativa cannabis and indica.
Variables in the MixOne important point when it comes to cannabis, however, is that each harvest will be slightly different from every other harvest – and even more so from grower to grower. The characteristics of the flower depend on everything from where the seeds came from to the amount of light and moisture the plants are exposed to; yet even with this in mind, growers can still guarantee a product with a certain composition of cannabinoids and terpenes, which in turn will produce the various differing effects we see between sativa cannabis, indica strains, and hybrids. Interested in experiencing the effects of sativa for yourself? Check out some of our favorite sativa strains for energy, and browse our full menu for all the high-quality sativa cannabis you could ever need – as well as indica and hybrid strains, of course. Come check out the flowers for yourself at our dispensary or give us a call and we’ll bring the medicine to you!
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How to Make Joints Burn SlowerSo you want to know how to make joints burn slower. Who could blame you? You want to get as many puffs as possible of your favorite strains of cannabis. Let us enlighten you with some tricks we’ve learned along the way about how to make joints burn slower!
1. Use a grinder.The easiest mistake to make is not to use a grinder. If your cannabis does not have an even, fine grind, you run the risk of the joint “canoeing” – in other words, burning faster on one side. Don’t overdo it, though; cannabis that’s too powdery can also affect the state of your joint. Kannastör's® unique jar grinders are some of our favorites, available online or in-store.
2. Ask our cannabis consultants for help.The kind of strain you’re using definitely plays a role in how to make joints burn slower. If you need some advice determining which strains are best for your particular needs, our cannabis consultants are happy to answer any of your questions. Questions to ask: “Does this strain easily break down?” “Will it give me an even smoke?” Find out if any shake is available, as shake is cannabis that’s already been partially ground.
3. Know your papers.It’s no secret that some rolling papers are better at furnishing a long-lasting smoke than others. Organic, unbleached hemp paper is your best bet, as it is not only lightweight and flavorless, but also extra slow-burning. We also like the natural, unrefined sheets made by RAW, one of the most popular rolling paper brands.
4. Roll your joint tight with multiple sheets.If you need some pointers, educate yourself on the best way to roll a joint. The most important factor here is airflow. A tight, even joint is critical to control airflow. If you have a hard time with this when rolling the joint yourself, a simple way to get rid of the guesswork of evenness is to use a rolling machine. Another point to consider is the use of additional sheets of paper for extra reinforcements. Not only can this help prevent canoeing, but it can also help control airflow.
5. Coat it with concentrates.One last thing you can try when exploring how to make joints burn slower is to add cannabis concentrates – also known as “twaxing.” You can coat the outside of the joint or mix the concentrates in with the ground cannabis; either way, it will slow down burning and give you more hits. Butter or crumble is better for the inside, while shatter works well to coat the outside. At the end of the day, if you want a longer-lasting joint, you can always use a larger amount of high-quality cannabis. With some knowledge about how to use grinders, papers, and concentrates to enhance your joints, you’ll be well on your way to perfecting how to make joints burn slower. Browse our menu to stock up on all the high-quality cannabis you could ever need – stop by our dispensary or give us a call and we’ll bring the goods to you!