When I first started browsing different products at the cannabis dispensary, I noticed that the strains are commonly separated into three groups: indica, sativa and hybrid. These categories are supposed to indicate the effects the strain will produce. The general consensus is that indica strains are physically sedating and relaxing. They are best for nighttime use. Sativa strains are more emerging. They offer uplifting, cerebral effects that are ideal for daytime use. Sativas can be helpful for social gatherings or physical activities. Hybrid strains are believed to have a mix of indica and sativa effects. After talking with the budtenders, I realized that I needed to pay more attention to the cannabinoids and terpenes of the product. The compounds that make up a strain’s chemical profile make a big difference on the type of effects. Indica, sativa and hybrid are botanical terms that refer to a plant’s structure. However, these classifications are much easier for consumers. It provides three options that are simple to explain. Now that I’ve gotten more familiar and comfortable with cannabis, I am more interested in the chemical profiles. The cannabis plant provides hundreds of chemical compounds called cannabinoids that create unique effects. THC and CBD are the most well-known cannabinoids. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most abundant and the reason for the high sensation. It ‘s commonly used for recreational purposes but also works to relieve symptoms of pain and nausea. CBD is non-intoxicating and gaining popularity as a medicinal remedy. It is proving effective in treating anxiety, inflammation, pain and a long list of medical issues.