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Even as the world of cannabis in Phoenix, AZ continues to grow and expand, welcoming innovative new products and methods of consumption, it’s unlikely that classic cannabis flower will ever be replaced. Versatile, easy to find, and diverse, flower is – and virtually always has been – one of the most popular ways to enjoy marijuana.
At Giving Tree Dispensary, we offer a balance of our own cultivated strains and strains from leading growers in the industry. For our customers, this means having the advantage of access to an extensive menu with plenty of strains to suit specific goals. But before you can dive headfirst into a weed flower experience of your own, it’s helpful to have a better understanding of what it is and how it’s unique.
We’ve created a guide to help you learn everything you need to know about cannabis flower, including how it’s categorized, the benefits of each type, and where to find the best strains in the Phoenix area.
As you may already know, cannabis is a plant. And like all plants, it has an unique anatomy made up of several different parts, each one serving its own purpose for the plant’s life cycle.
Flower, also referred to as bud, is the portion of a marijuana plant that can be ground up and smoked. Only the female plants produce flowers, and the flowers only appear during a 6–8-week window known as the bloom stage.
For cannabis consumers, flower is one of the most preferred forms of cannabis consumption. There are many ways to enjoy cannabis flower, most people start with it finely ground. Then, the flower may be smoked using a bowl, pipe, or bong, or rolled into a blunt or joint. Some people even choose to utilize flower when cooking cannabis edibles (though we typically recommend a high-quality cannabutter/oil or expert-made edibles for the best experience, unless you’re a seasoned cannabis chef!).
Similar to most other kinds of plants, cannabis comes in a huge variety of strains. Since the beginning of cannabis culture – hundreds, if not thousands of years ago – people have been intentionally cultivating cannabis strains that can offer specific characteristics. Today, modern cultivators are constantly innovating new strains to serve consumers’ needs. For any cannabis enthusiast, this is good news, because it means that you’ll virtually never run out of new strains to try.
Although there is some debate about the classification of cannabis (primarily, how shifting strain characteristics might be changing the traditional categorization guidelines), you will usually see flower labeled as belonging to one of three key categories:
There is also a fourth category of cannabis strains, known as Cannabis Ruderalis. However, that is one typically used for the purposes of cultivation rather than consumption.
Indica strains are often characterized by their higher CBD content, as well as THC potency levels that are lower than other strains. Most consumers consider Indicas to be the best strains for relaxation, both physically and mentally.
Some of the commonly-reported effects of Indica cannabis include:
Indica strains are often recommended for individuals interested in targeting physical pain, mental stress, or appetite problems. Many medical cannabis patients choose Indica strains for chronic pain issues, nausea, or anxiety.
One of the most often reported Indica benefits is its sedative quality, which can vary in intensity depending on the specific strain.
Sativa strains generally have higher than average THC levels, leading to comparatively potent effects for most consumers. In reports from a majority of cannabis consumers, sativa is described as a mood-booster that supports increased energy and focus.
In some cases, sativa strains may be more expensive than indicas. This is because cannabis sativa flower takes significantly more time and effort to grow – but when you consider the exceptional experience pure sativa strains can offer, you may not mind paying a little more.
The primary consumer-reported sativa strain effects include:
Sativa is sometimes more popular with recreational consumers than medical marijuana patients, though it is said to offer benefits for a diverse range of individuals. Sativa strains are often preferred by consumers who want to combat the symptoms of depression, mood disorders, fatigue, and ADHD, as well as individuals who enjoy consuming sativa as a way to encourage creative pursuits, productivity, and focus.
The category of hybrid strains is easily the most diverse because there are so many different genetic combinations that are possible. Often, a hybrid strain will be labeled as either Indica-dominant or sativa-dominant, to describe its key characteristics and genetic makeup.
Hybrid strain effects can vary widely, depending on whether it is sativa- or Indica- dominant.
One of the biggest benefits of hybrid strains is that there are options to satisfy even the most specific of needs and preferences. Because they are carefully cultivated to feature characteristics of both sativa and Indica strains, hybrids can be a great option for the consumer that wants the best of both worlds.
Depending on a hybrid’s strain genetic makeup, effects could be very balanced, or they could lean more sativa or more Indica. This in itself is a big advantage, because they offer a “happy medium” option that many people appreciate.
For cannabis consumers, Ruderalis doesn’t serve much purpose. It is not considered particularly psychotropic, but it does play an important part in cultivation. Because Ruderalis can be used to create auto-flowering plants, it helps growers breed hybrids that flower early, as well as to make adjustments to certain strains for better climate tolerance.
If there’s one thing you take away from this guide, let it be this: there is no one-size-fits-all strain. Everyone is striving for their own version of an ideal cannabis experience, which means that each consumer might have a different idea of the strains that best suit them. Stop by Giving Tree Dispensary for the best selection of cannabis flower or order online.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for the best strains of cannabis, the best place to begin is at a reputable dispensary with a diverse selection. At Giving Tree Dispensary, we’ve curated a variety of hybrid, indica, and sativa strains, aiming to offer options to suit each customer’s unique preferences. Plus, our cannabis concierge team is prepared to guide you through the shopping process and can answer all your questions about strains, effects, cannabis quantities, and more.
Let Giving Tree Dispensary help you elevate your cannabis experience with new-to-you strains and old favorites alike. When you’re looking for medical and recreational dispensaries in Phoenix, visit us for the ultimate in service, quality, and selection.
At Giving Tree Dispensary, we’re taking the pursuit of excellence one step further, working to cultivate our own cannabis flower with a seed-to-sale model. Because we maintain full control of our signature strains, from the planting of the seed to the extensive third-party quality testing, you can be completely confident that you’re investing in the best weed flower in Phoenix.
Browse our broad range of signature strains, plus a wide variety of other cannabis and products from top brands, when you visit Giving Tree Dispensary in North Phoenix today.