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How to Find the Right Cannabis Strain for Your Needs

With a never-ending stream of new strains coming out every day, it can be overwhelming and even intimidating when trying to find exactly what you need. Luckily, there are some quick ways you can weed out the options.


First step will be deciding how much THC you want to begin with. The higher the THC, the stronger its effects. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the major psychoactive component and one of the 113 cannabinoids recognized in cannabis.

Those looking for greater relief from symptoms or simply more psychoactive results will do well with higher percentages of THC. On the other hand, those who are looking to stay more alert or are more sensitive to the plant’s effects will benefit from the lower percentages on the spectrum. If you’re newer to cannabis, remember the golden rule: start low and go slow!

Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid

Indica Hybrid Sativa

Anyone who’s visited a dispensary has heard it before, “indica or sativa?” It’s the age-old question, but how does one decide?

Typically, indicas offer consumers a body-high and may be sedating to the point of “couch lock.”  They are associated with sleep, stress relief and deep relaxation. Because they offer a stronger effect on the body, many people report greater results with pain, inflammation, and other physical ailments.

Alternatively, sativas tend to be more uplifting and energizing, and offer a more cerebral head-high compared to their counterpart. Many prefer sativa strains for creativity, productivity, socializing and thinking. They tend to keep people more alert, though those who are sensitive should be mindful. Some may experience anxiety or paranoia if the strain has a higher THC content.

Hybrids offer the best of both worlds! They are the result of crossing indica and sativa strains to produce a more balanced high. Hybrids are a little harder to categorize because their effects vary depending on what strains were crossed to produce them.  They will lean one way or the other depending on the parent strain.

While we can debate whether or not everything at this point is technically a hybrid after decades of crossing strains, deciding between the three is still a useful guideline to follow. Perhaps, the simplest way to make a quick decision in a pinch! One of the best and most accurate ways to determine how you’ll feel is by looking at the terpenes.



Terpenes and flavonoids are the aromatic compounds found in flowers, herbs, fruit, and you guessed it… cannabis. They are responsible for what you smell and what you taste as you’re consuming. Each individual plant will have its own unique combination of terpenes which will contribute to its scents and flavors—from pungent and earthy to sweet and floral. According to emerging science, terpenes not only affect your senses, they also affect how the strains will take effect.

While there are hundreds of recognized terpenes, there are some that are more prevalent than others. Luckily, they are also common in plants and fruits we all know so they are a little easier to memorize.


Found in: mangos, hops, lemongrass and thyme

Flavors: earthy, fruity, herbal

May help with: sedation, insomnia, muscle relaxation, and inflammation

Many report deep relaxation and sleepiness.


Found in: pepper, cloves, basil and oregano

Flavors: pepper, woody, spice

May help with: inflammation, nerve pain, pain, and muscle spasms


Found in: Citrus rinds, juniper and peppermint

Flavors: citrus

May help with: anxiety, depression, stress relief, appetite reduction, and anti-fungal

Many report an uplifting and creative effect.


Found in: lavender, laurel, birch, and rosewood

Flavors: floral, citrus, spice

May help with: sedation, combatting anxiety and depression, pain relief, and convulsions.

Many report calming effects.


Found in: lilacs, tea tree, nutmeg, and apples

Flavor: Herbal, woody, pine

May help with: relaxation, anxiety, depression, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant.

Many report a relaxing yet uplifting effect.


Found in: pine needles.

Flavors: Sharp, sweet, and pine flavors.

May help with:  memory retention, alertness, and relief from asthma and inflammation.

Many report a more awake high. 

For more in-depth information on terpenes, check out this article from Leafly.


Everyone is Different

At the end of the day, everyone is unique in their own body chemistry, experience and tolerance. What works for some may not work for others. What wakes some up, may make others sleepy. It’s important to keep in mind that while many people experience similar effects by following these guidelines, there is a chance that your body may react differently.

Ready to Find the Right Strain for You?

Check out our online menus! The search function will allow you to search for specific terpenes and the filters will help narrow the options to indica, sativa, or hybrid. Find your perfect match today!

How to Rehydrate Your Cannabis

Nevada is a naturally dry state so sometimes it’s simply impossible to keep your flower fresh. Here are a few methods you can use to rehydrate your cannabis:

The Fruit Peel Method

Throw in a chunk of a fruit peel in the container with your nugs and leave it for a few hours. Citrus fruits work best, but apples and bananas do just fine. This is a quick, easy and healthy way to bring new life into your flower. It’s important to note that the flavor and smell might transfer, so use a fruit you like! To prevent mold, be careful to not to leave it in too long—a few hours will suffice.


  • This isn’t the most effective method. You may need to repeat the process.
  • If you like the idea of enhanced flavor and aroma you can also add herbs such as mint or rosemary.

We LOVE carbs!

More of a carb person? Much like the peel method, you can use a slice of bread or a tortilla to achieve the same results. These staple foods contain just enough moisture to rehydrate without over-saturating. Just throw a piece in with your flower and voila! You’ll know it’s working when the piece of bread or tortilla starts feeling dry. You can leave it in overnight while you sleep, but be sure to take it out in the morning. Tortillas and bread won’t cause mold nearly as fast as the fruit, but it’s always important to err on the side of caution.

Lettuce for the Devil’s Lettuce

We get it, you like greens! Another easy way to liven up your flower is to throw a little piece of lettuce in with the bunch. Classic iceberg lettuce does the trick, but you can get fancy with some butter lettuce or quirky with another leafy green like cabbage if that’s more your style. Like the carbs, it will have minimal impact on flavor and aroma. As always, remember to take it out after a couple of hours!

Getting Steamy

Okay, so let’s say you have no food and no time… You can use the power of steam to spruce up your buds in a pinch.

  1. First, fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Remove the boiling water from the stove and place it on a heat-safe surface.
  3. Place a cloth over the top of the pot and secure it around the rim, creating a seal. Be your own adult supervision—careful not to burn yourself!
  4. Gently place your cannabis on top of the cloth and allow the rising water vapor to rehydrate it.
  5. For the best results, rotate the buds every couple minutes.
  6. Remove once you’ve reached the desired moisture.

Only use this method when necessary as it is the quickest way to accidentally over-hydrate. We’d say this is a last resort!


There are a few things you can do to prevent excessive dryness. Keep your cannabis away from direct light and oxygen. Ultraviolet light and air will dry your flower out faster than you can say “puff puff pass.” Not really, but you get the gist. Leaving your bag or jar open is a sure way to not only dry your weed out but also make it less effective. Extreme temperatures are not your friend. Try to keep it 60°F to 70°F. The very best storage will be in a cool dark place inside of an air-tight opaque jar.