Though cannabis has been used for millennia in various cultures for medicinal purposes, it’s recently been stigmatized in Western society and has just begun to become culturally acceptable again within the past decade. With modern technology, we’ve innovated unique ways to consume cannabis, like edibles and vapes. We’ll delve into some of the best cannabis strains to vape, but first, a word on estimating the quality of cannabis so that you know what you’re getting for your money.
First, a visual inspection will often show you when weed has gone bad: a brownish color of leaves and a good volume of “stems and seeds” is a giveaway and the first sign you should continue your search. However, especially when venturing into vape territory, estimating quality and purity of your weed can be trickier.
Cannabis has hundreds of cannabinoids in it, such as THC, CBD, CBC, CBG, and CBN. Each one of these has a unique psychoactive effect, and many people search out strains that are high in one or more of these. As testing your buds in a professional testing lab is an unnecessary (and expensive) overkill, the only practical way to get a full and accurate view of the cannabinoid spectrum of your buds is using an at-home testing kit.
A kit can give you insight into the concentration and quality of the cannabis as well as its cannabinoid constituents so you can make up your mind before investing in a new grow or more of the product!
Top Cannabis Strains for Vaping
Vaping is one of the newer methods of cannabis consumption, often praised for its portability, transient and milder smell, and highly concentrated “hits” requiring less time to get high. Of course, some strains naturally perform better than others when it comes to effectiveness, and some of its subjective. Here are a few of the less-disputed kings of the vaping industry.
1. Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a famous strain known for, well, smelling like diesel (and having amazing effects). A fan favorite for many, this Sativa created by crossing Chemdog91 and Super Skunk is famous for its great recreational and medical efficacy. Unlike the stereotypical cannabis, Sour Diesel is actually quite energizing for most users, especially when vaped. Medically, it’s often utilized to assist with depression, pain, and anxiety.
2. Granddaddy Purple (GDP)
“GDP” is also named after the aroma it gives off, something similar to the smell of grapes in a store. Unlike Sour Diesel, this strain is mostly Indica, originally created by crossing Purple Urkle and Big Bud. Especially when used in a concentrated form (vaped), GDP is known for having an abnormal amount of intensity when it comes to weed.
Many users take advantage of its physical body relaxation effects and almost instant euphoria. Medical users can enjoy reported effects of assisting with pain, stress, spasms, and insomnia.
3. Afghan Kush
Another famous strain, Afghan Kush is an “OG” strain, since its origin isn’t known. Coming out of the Middle East, Afghan Kush is solely Indica, and it’s known for being one of the most relaxing strains out there. In a concentrated form, it can be instant stress relief for many.
Cannabis Strains Wrapping Up
All three of these strains are famous for being best-used in vape form, since this allows their effects to be as potent as possible. However, it’s important to first check to ensure that you’re getting the correct strain. For example, if you’re going for a daytime strain, you would likely be fine with Sour Diesel, while Afghan Kush could put you to sleep! A full-spectrum cannabinoid analysis is one of the few ways to know for sure.