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The Real Science Behind Indica and Sativa: Science vs. Cannabis

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It’s often said that indica strains will relax you, while sativas lift your spirits. But what if these categories aren’t as clear-cut as we’ve been led to believe? Recent discussions on the Science Vs podcast episode “Cannabis: I Get High with a Little Help from…Science,” on cannabis and the fascinating CT Insider article “Indica or Sativa? CT Researchers Say It's Just 'Marketing,’” featuring our very own Ben Zachs, Fine Fettle’s COO, challenge these long-standing cannabis classifications.

Understanding the Research

For years, cannabis consumers have relied on the indica and sativa classification to predict the effects of different strains. However, groundbreaking research discussed in the Science Vs podcast, supported by insights in the article noted above, suggests this binary understanding is overly simplistic. Scientists argue that the effects of cannabis are not strictly tied to these classifications but are instead influenced by a combination of factors including cannabinoids and terpenes.

"The real value comes from understanding the specific components of each strain and how they affect individual experiences," notes Ben.

Implications for Consumers

What does this mean for you, the consumer? Rather than choosing your cannabis product based solely on being an indica or sativa strain, it’s more beneficial to consider the specific effects you're seeking and discuss these with your budtender. It means that selecting cannabis should be more personalized. This shift in understanding can empower you to make more informed decisions that better suit your needs.

Understanding terpenes, for example, will go a long way toward grasping how cannabis will affect you. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, including herbs, fruits, and, notably, cannabis. These compounds are the building blocks of essential oils and are responsible for the distinct scents and flavors of different plants. For example, the fresh scent of pine, the sweet smell of flowers, and the pungent aroma of herbs can all be attributed to terpenes.

Featured Products

To give you a taste of the diversity available, let’s look at a couple of our favorite products:

Calm Blend

Rich in limonene and myrcene, Sugr Frost is perfect for those seeking relaxation.

Energize Formula

Featuring a lively mix of THC and the terpenes caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene, Lemon Skunk Floweroffers an uplifting experience more complex than your typical sativa without igniting the munchies!

Not All Cannabis is the Same

Understanding the nuances of cannabis can enhance your experience and satisfaction. At Fine Fettle, we’re here to debunk myths and provide clarity. We encourage you to explore these options and discuss their components with our budtenders during your next visit.

So, forget simple labels — let's embrace the full spectrum of what cannabis has to offer!

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