If you like the idea of using marijuana in public, it may be helpful for you to know what strains of cannabis are among the most potent. Even though it is legal in Canada, you may not want to announce to the world that you are indulging in your stash.
Even if you can access the most diverse dispensary in the world, you might not be able to pick the exact strain that you want. But you can generally determine the family that one strain goes with. That would likely be either sativa or indica. You might be wondering which of these strains has the most pungent smell.
Indica vs. Sativa Strains
The indica strain came from a cooler climate, while sativa originated from a warmer one. Indica originally was grown in the Middle East in such countries as Nepal, Morocco, Afghanistan, and Turkey. On the other hand, sativa comes from places closer to the equator, such as Thailand, Mexico, and Columbia.
There are some differences in the appearance of the plants, as well. Each one has around seven to nine leaves, although some have as many as 11. However, the leaves on the indica plant are darker green and wider. That is what causes the dense branching of the indica plant.
Indica is often a better choice for home growers because it only grows about 2 to 4 feet tall. You can begin to harvest about six to eight weeks after you have propagated it. Generally, there will be more CBD than THC in it.
The sativa strain has longer leaves that are lighter, which lends a more elongated, taller appearance. The sativa strain reaches around 6 to 20 feet tall. This plant takes longer to harvest, around three to four months. This strain has more THC than CBD in it.
When you use indica, you will have more of a body high. That just means that you will likely want to sleep or feel calm. That means that many people use it for relaxation during the evening.
On the other hand, sativa will give you a cerebral high, which makes you feel energized and have focus and creativity. Many people enjoy doing creative pursuits during a sativa high, whether that be painting or just listening to some good music. That makes this strain a great choice to use during the day.
Why Does Cannabis Smell?
The reason for marijuana’s unique odour is because of the terpenes in it, as well as the derivatives. The derivatives are known as terpenoids, or terps. Some people even refer to them as terpenes, although this is not quite as accurate.
You can find terpenoids in other compounds in nature, such as oranges. One reason that oranges smell the way they do is because of the limonene terpene, which you can find in many types of indica strains. Even though an orange might have more limonene in it than a dose of weed, you may still smell the weed more than an orange.
One reason for this is because of the trichomes, which are the crystals on the buds’ outside. They have striae on them whose purpose is to make the plant more pungent. The trichomes have most of the terpenoids in them, and the striae make the terpenoids evaporate faster than they might from an orange.
What Do They Smell Like?
Both indica and sativa strains have different terpene ratios. For example, some strains of sativa have higher concentrations of pinene and limonene. That means that the smell is similar to grass. At the same time, notes of citrus fruits and pine accent it, depending on the specific ratio.
On the other hand, you may notice a more fume-like scent from an indica strain. There are notes of earthiness and berries in this type of cannabis. Some of the terpenes in this type of cannabis include:
Each of these strains is responsible for making you feel more sedate after you have smoked it. They work together to make your body feel more relaxed, which is why so many people enjoy using them before bed to potentially help them sleep better.
Which One Is the Most Pungent?
One company looked at the terpene profiles of more than two dozen strains that were dominant in indica, as well as 20 that were dominant in sativa. Generally, the strains that were dominant in indica were OG and Kush crosses. On the other hand, the sativa strains had Strawberry Cough, Blue Dream, and Grapefruit strains in them.
The company found that the sample of indica strains were around 0.75 percent terpenoids. On the other hand, the group of sativa strains were only around 0.65 percent terpenoids. That means that indica strains smell more pungent because they have more terpenoids.
If you have used bud for any length of time, you may have already noticed that even though sativa strains smell good, they do not give you as much of a buzz as something like Girl Scout Cookies or OG Kush. If you have ever tried to hide a marijuana garden, then you know that hiding the smell is often the worst part of it.
If you are looking for an extremely smelly cannabis strain, then you may want to go with Chemdawg Sour Diesel. Users of this strain find that it makes them feel like they have walked in a meth lab. Many users find that it has a strong gasoline scent.
Space Queen is a cross between Romulan and Cinderella 99, and it has strong notes of dairy and diesel in it. Finally, Super Skunk seems self-explanatory about its pungent scent. While it may not sound like the most appealing, it can give you a strong high. Some users have found that it leaves an aftertaste, as well.