“Do blondes really have more fun over brunettes? How can you determine how fun a person is going to be by their hair color? You can’t! Cannabis is the same way.”
Cannabis is not one-size-fits-all, which is why we do not advertise or sell effect-based products. We wish we could tell you how a product will affect you, but we cannot even predict how a product will affect us ourselves! Let us explain.
It’s Different for Everyone
As shown in our previous article, 6 REAL Factors Influencing Your High, various reasons explain why cannabis affects each individual differently.
Although research is still slim, it is safe to say results will always vary, even when using the same product repeatedly. This can be accounted for by the entourage effect, which describes the combination of factors that affect your high. This means your mood, dose, diet, tolerance, current setting, genetics, and more all affect your experience with cannabis.
As the CDC states on their website, “Like any other drug, marijuana’s effects on a person depends on a number of factors, including the person’s previous experience with the drug or other drugs, biology (e.g., genes), gender, how the drug is taken, and how strong it is.”
Keeping this in mind, it feels like false advertising to sell a cannabis product with the incentive to put you to sleep, give you energy, etc. We cannot tell you how a product or strain will have an effect on you. We can tell you the majority of consumers’ reported effects and share our personal experiences. However, results may still (and probably will) vary for you.
Sativa and Indica Do Not Dictate Effect
We cannot rely on Sativa and Indica to predict our high either. Those are actually phenotypes of the plant, meaning their physical classification. This does not indicate how the strain will affect you, though many products are still advertised and sold this way. An analogy we like to use when explaining this is comparing it to hair color on humans. Do blondes really have more fun over brunettes? How can you determine how fun a person is going to be by their hair color? You can’t! Cannabis is the same way.
The best way to predict how a strain or product might affect you before you buy it is to take a personal inventory of the following:
1. What ingredients are in the product? How much THC and other cannabinoids are present, and which terpenes? These will help you gauge what kind of effect it may produce and how strong.
2. How are you going to consume the product? We all know edibles last longer, but vapes hit you faster––so part of the effects depend on which method you intend to consume with.
3. How are you feeling as you plan to consume? For example, if you are tired when you plan to take your cannabis, you will likely feel more tired after consuming THC.
4. Where are you consuming? Your setting plays a crucial role in how you experience the effects of cannabis. The more comfortable and relaxed you are, the better you will feel the effects.
As explained above, these are just a few of the factors that tell us why a product affects each of us a certain way. The only way to know for sure is to try for yourself.