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Cannabis Indica: The world’s low-key drug.

Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa were words introduced in the 18th century to describe the different species of Cannabis. Indica has evolved to representing stout, and broad-leaf plants thought to deliver sedating effects. Cannabis contains hundreds of chemical compounds that create a unique harmony of effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) and terpenes are the most common. THC makes us feel high and hungry, and relieves pain, nausea etc. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound known to reduce anxiety, pain and many other medical ailments. Aromatic compounds commonly produced by plants and fruits are called terpenes. Terpenes, produced by the same glands that secrete THC and CBD, are what make Cannabis smell like fruit. The common terpenes found in Cannabis are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Terpinolene. However, it is still unknown how the different combinations of terpenes shape the effects of Cannabis.  

Due to its thick crystal resin coat, the Platinum Kush takes on a platinum-silver shade. This strain is Indica-dominant, with purple hues, bright orange hairs, and dense sweet fruity and hashy aroma buds. Its high is strongly cerebral and body-numbing. Platinum Kush helps relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It has 18% THC with no relevant amount of CBD. The dominant terpene in the Platinum Kush is the Caryophyllene. One might experience a dry mouth after smoking this too much of this strain, paranoia, and dry eyes with low cases of headaches. 

God’s Gift is a descendant of Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush. This strain gets its name from its dreamy and blissful effect. Although one may experience dry mouth, God’s Gift relieves stress and insomnia as one feels relaxed, euphoric, happy, and eventually sleepy. With 14-17% THC and very low CBD, this plant flowers in eight to nine weeks. The dominant terpene in this strain is the Myrcene. 

Named after its geographic origin, the Hindu Kush mountain range close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Afghan Kush is one of the original pure Indica strains. It is primarily known for its large blunt-topped buds densely packed with sticky resins and its powerful sedating effects. This strain has proven helpful for relieving stress and anxiety as its fast and profound sedating effects send the user into a mood-boosting euphoric high that results in a state of blissful happiness. Being more powerful than its counterparts, its effect on dry mouth and eyes is also higher. The Afghan Kush has about 20% THC, no relevant CBD content, and its dominant terpene is Myrcene. 

A mixture of Afghan and Blackberry strains borne the Blackberry Kush, a strain with beautiful dark purple buds with orange hairs. Due to its strong body effects, this strain is recommended for the treatment of pain, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Among its distinct features are its hashy, jet fuel smell and taste balanced by sweet berries. Taking seven to eight weeks to grow fully, this plant does not produce high yields, but the dense, hard nugs have crystals all through. With its dominant terpene being Myrcene, it has 13-18% THC and irrelevant CBD content.  

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