Maine winter got you down? Here are some strains that may help your seasonal blues.
Believe it or not, we are only about half way through the winter months here in Maine. Clearly though, this winter is different than others have been. The weather has been relatively mild, but we are in the throes of a global pandemic making many feel even more isolated. I know that for me personally, the weather can impact my mood. Let’s face it, it can be depressing to wake up in the darkness, and get out of work in the darkness—only to get up and do it again!
Knowing that the winter can get you down, why not increase the changes you can avoid the winter blues and try some of these strains. First, let’s talk terpenes. Having cannabis strains with the right terpenes in them can potentially elevate a patients’ mood while they deal with the effects of the season. This is in no way intended as medical advice, but some terpenes in combination have been shown to produce results for some!
Strains that are considered Sativa dominant are generally good for elevating one’s mood. THC is the predominant Cannabinoid and Limonene, Terpinolene and caryophyllene are generally found in strains responsible for mood elevation reports in patients. Jack Herer is an example of a good strain for mood elevation, as it is both high in THC content and has a predominant terpene profile that includes Terpinlolene and Caryophyllene.
Another good example could be found in the strain XJ-13 on the sativa leaning side as well. Like Jack Herer it’s highest in THC content and has a predominant terpene profile that includes Terpinlolene and Caryophyllene. For people who have high anxiety, high potency, THC leaning Sativas are sometimes overwhelming and can make someone’s anxiety worse. Knowing the setting in which you are going to consume a product of this type can be helpful as well. As an example, if you are an anxious person, experiment in a setting that is most comfortable for you. Or perhaps try a THC leaning, but slightly more relaxing strain in grandaddy purp, which has the high THC content associated with a happy feeling, but terpenes that can be soothing like Myrcene, Pinene and Caryophyllene.
Cannabinoid content (THC/CBD ratio), terpene combinations and ratios, and personal flavor preferences should drive the products you use to medicate. Leafly provides a great way both visually and intuitively to learn what strains might work for you for any intended use. Click here for a brief write-up about Leafly’s “Know your shape, know your color, know your cannabis” education model for budtenders.