Using your nose as your guide, you can skip the indica vs. sativa politics and be your own personal weed expert within minutes.
Most bud users are satisfied to know that indica will put you down (in da couch) and sativa will lift you up and help you focus. Many budtenders still rely on the old “Here, smell this dank,” and that brand of customer service still seems to still be working for many smokers.
But there's a lot more to figuring out the perfect weed for you, and a little info can go a long way to making that decision. Studies have proven that sativa doesn't always help you focus and that some indicas will get you hyped.
What are Terpenes?
You know them, you love them, you’d recognize them if you smelled them—because terpenes are the parts of a plant that you can smell. They’re organic chemical compounds produced by plants that carry aromatic or flavonoid properties.
Aromatherapists have been preaching the properties of terpenes for hundreds of years, only to fall upon deaf ears (except your alternative aunt who uses lavender oil as deodorant). But no longer shall we ignore you, lovely sage-burning hippies!
While indica and sativa are easy ways to classify weed strains, the terpene profile of a plant will really tell you what will happen to your body when you get high.