The diversity of cannabis flavors brings about exciting pairing possibilities—whether that be food, wine or beer. Through a wild game of malt-to-terpene matching, we have compiled a list of beers paired with cannabis strains that either contrast or complement their flavor profiles. Depending on your need, choose an indica, hybrid, or sativa, and remember to always consume safely and responsibly. But, before you get to tasting, a little primer on those three styles.
Indica plants are short, usually under six feet, and have fat deep green leaves. Indicas originate from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the surrounding areas. The high from a quality indica strain leaves you relaxed and social. The stronger varieties will numb your body and put you to sleep. Great for relaxation, stress relief and couch lock.
Hybrid cannabis strains provide the best of both worlds. Expert breeders select the top sativa and indica strains and combine them into super strains that maintain the best aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be sativa or indica dominant and have the effects to match.
Sativa plants can grow upwards of 25 feet tall but most stay under 12 feet. Light green leaves that are long and thin, the stereotypical marijuana icon. The high from sativa strains are often described as uplifting and energetic. These are great for daytime use and a favorite for medicinal users because of the pain relief properties.
This article originally appeared on Leafly.com.