Last September, former broadcaster Charlo Greene sparked controversy when she chucked the deuces to her job in a big way. “Fuck it, I quit,” Greene said bluntly on-air (pun intended) after wrapping a segment on marijuana on CBS affiliate KTVA.
Now, the the Alaska Cannabis Club owner is lighting her path to marijuana legalization, one YouTube video at a time. We e-mailed the green gawdess for VIBE’s Weed Week to break down the different types of cannabis, share her tips for rolling up, and name-drop the one rapper she’d like to smoke with.
VIBE: For smoking newbies, can you please break down the difference between cannabis indica versus cannabis sativa?
Charlo Greene: A strong Sativa is the perfect wake and bake strain due to its uplifting and energizing effects. I prefer Sativas because the offer a more manageable high and don’t make me feel as if I’m ‘stoned’.
Indica strains offer a body high that relaxes and soothes making it a perfect strain to use to unwind after work. I often have a hard time falling asleep but I’ve discovered that smoking or vaping an indica before bed makes drifting off to dreamland that much easier.
Do different strains of marijuana have different effects on the body?
Every different strain of marijuana can effect the mind and body in its own unique way, that’s what makes this plant so invaluable when it comes to medical applications. A strain rich in THCV, like Durban Poison, according to studies, can actually aid in weight loss due to its appetite suppressant properties.
Medical marijuana patients often seek out strains rich in cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD. That’s because patients who consume CBD-rich strains enjoy a multitude of healing properties, which research suggests shrinks tumors, inhibits cancer cell growth. In addition, these medical strains also aid with reducing pain, insomnia, increasing appetite, anti-inflammation and anti-anxiety.
A strain rich in THC will offer a heavier high, but the effects of that high will depend on its genetics – whether it’s indica, sativa or a combination of both. Both recreational and medical cannabis consumers enjoy high-THC strains.
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