Trying A New Cannabis Strain? What Should You Know

Whether you are a beginner with cannabis or a seasoned user, you will love to experiment with the various strains available. While Indica and Sativa are the two that everyone knows about, the range you can has a lot more than you imagine. Each one has a different flavor and effect, which means that you will have a different experience every time you switch to a new strain.

Most dispensaries present a huge variety, so choosing one can be tricky. Some users may try them randomly, while others may want to choose with more care. It is recommended that you do some research and learn more about the characteristics of the strain you want to try for the first time. With this, you will be better prepared for the experience. Here are some criteria to consider when you choose a cannabis strain to try.

Aroma and flavor

You may use cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes, but how it smells and tastes would always matter. Theterpene profile of a strain is the key factor that influences its aroma and flavor. You can choose one which is mild or more intense, depending on your personal preference. Still, it is always good to look for a more intense variant if you have always been using subtle ones.


After the aroma and flavor of a product, you need to pay attention to its potency. This factor depends on the concentration of cannabinoids, specifically THC, in the strain. The potency you want to try really depends on the level of high you want to reach with the product. The more intense you want the experience to be, the higher potency you will have to choose.

Desired effects

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for the way you would react to cannabis or a specific strain. As you learn more about the substance, you will understand that the cannabinoid and terpene profile determines the effect. For example, a variant with higher THC content is likely to have intoxicating effects. You can try the pink tuna strain for chronic pain relief that it brings with a potent punch of THC.  Similarly, a strain with linalool, a terpene is ideal if you are looking for stress relief. Ultimately, the choice depends on the purpose of use.

Growing method

The flavor, potency and profile of a strain are affected by the environmental variables during its cultivation. For instance, the nutrients in the soil may affect the cannabinoid and terpene profile. For this reason, the same plant cultivated in different environments could grow as different strains. Accordingly, you may want to experiment with strains grown indoors and outdoors.


Another factor that goes a long way in the choice of the cannabis strain you want to try is the price point. If you explore the market, you will find variants that are pocket-friendly and high-end. Ultimately, you have to consider your budget before you start using a specific strain. For those who are keen to experiment, it makes sense to buy small quantities first and then decide the ones you want to stick with for the long term.

As a weed lover, trying new variants and consumption methods is always worthwhile. You can ask for recommendations or simply experiment with anything new in the market.

Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at

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