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6 Different Types of High: Tips for Choosing the Right Strain

If you were to describe the feeling of getting high to someone who has never used cannabis products before, how would you do it? The feeling might be hard to put into words since using cannabis can make you feel a number of different ways. Different strains produce different types of high.

-Whether you’re a new cannabis user or a seasoned stoner, here are some tips for choosing the right strain of marijuana for different types of highs.

Cannabis Basics

Indicas and sativas are used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Each type of marijuana is associated with different types of highs. Sativa strains usually give users an energized and alert high, while indica strains can make you feel relaxed or sleepy. Hybrid strains, which contain both indica and sativa, have a mix of these properties.

So what causes you to feel different types of high? Two chemicals in cannabis, terpenes and cannabinoids, are what make you feel the effects of a particular strain. The main active ingredient in cannabis, THC, causes changes in your mood and alters the way your brain works when using marijuana. Another ingredient, CBD, has calming and relaxing effects but doesn’t have the psychoactive effects that THC does.

Not All Strains are Created Equal

Knowing the basics about cannabis, here’s what you need to know when choosing the perfect strain for the kind of high that you’re chasing down.


If you wanted to feel happy or euphoric, try OG Kush. This hybrid strain won’t make you feel either energized or sleepy since it’s well-balanced and makes users just feel happy and stoned. You’ll feel a mix of both head and body effects that are relaxing and refreshing. It can be quite strong, but it’s a top choice in the world of weed if you’re looking for a happy high. Another good choice is Acapulco Gold, a strain that has both euphoric and energizing effects.


Many people turn to cannabis to help them drift off into a good night’s sleep. Some indica strains known to make you feel sleepy are Skywalker and Northern Lights. Purple Kush is a very soothing strain with sedative effects that can be helpful for pain relief or falling asleep. The most popular choice is Granddaddy Purple, which is touted among insomniacs for its relaxing effects. This strain may also increase your appetite, so have some snacks on hand for when the munchies set in.


Any good indica will help you feel relaxed, but some have more soothing effects than others. Blue Dream has always been a top choice for stoners who like to relax, but a more recent pick is Gelato, a hybrid strain that is balanced enough to help you chill out without feeling sleepy. 


An energetic high can give you a boost in motivation or creativity and may even help you focus. Two sativa strains that fit the bill for this kind of high are Green Crack and Blue Dream. Green Crack is a good daytime weed since it can give you a little buzz of energy. Blue Dream also gives an energetic high, along with some creative effects as well. 


If you want creative inspiration, try Pineapple Express or Purple Haze. Both are uplifting and energizing and offer a spark of creativity. Of these two strains, Pineapple Express is much easier to find due to its popularity from the Seth Rogen film.


Sour Diesel is energizing and uplifting and is a popular choice for when you need a pick-me-up. It gives you a head rush and is often used to fight back against feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. White Widow is a strain that can also give your mood a boost while also relaxing and energizing you at the same time.

What to Consider When Choosing a Strain

If you know the kind of high you want, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Think about Your Goals

Different strains are good for different occasions, times of day, and activities. Keep in mind the kind of high and when you want it when choosing a product. Different cannabis products also kick in at varying rates. While flower has very quick effects, an edible might not produce any for an hour or two.

Know Your Tolerance

Knowing your tolerance is key, especially if you’re newer to cannabis. Try products a little at a time so that you can check how you’re feeling and the effects you notice. Since different products offer a number of effects, try them out over time to see how you feel with different indicas, sativas, and hybrids.

While some activities are enhanced by cannabis, always be aware of your surroundings and any risks that you may pose to others. Always use cannabis safely so that you don’t put yourself or others in a situation where someone could get hurt.

Research Any of the Strain’s Possible Effects

While cannabis has many positive and relaxing effects, some people have negative experiences. These are usually related to mental health, medications, or even allergies. Sometimes, even your mindset can cause a bad high.

A bad high can make you feel anxious or paranoid, especially sativa strains. Some strains may cause you to feel too relaxed, leading to lethargy or being unproductive. While these aren’t necessarily bad or dangerous effects, they can get in the way of your day-to-day routine.

Choose DDM Cannabis for Any Kind of High

DDM Cannabis is a minority-owned cannabis retailer based in Blackstone, MA. Because of our unique location, we are proud to serve high-quality cannabis products to customers in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We offer our customers what others can’t: competitive prices and faster wait times when buying products. Visit us in-store or online to find the right cannabis products for whatever kind of high you’re looking to score.

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