Cannabis comes in varietals of strains. Marijuana plants contain hundreds of active compounds which are called ‘cannabinoids’, and each of them has a unique effect on the human body.
The intake of these compounds helps in one’s illnesses, by getting involved in the regulations of things such as sleep, memory, pain, and some movements.
If you are going to choose a strain to treat your chronic ailment, it is necessary to discuss with your medical cannabis caregiver to understand the symptoms and your physiological make-up, so that you get the maximum relief. Selecting the proper cannabis strain for the medical condition that you have been suffering from, might benefit you to some great extent.
There are particularly two types of cannabinoids that are referenced when we speak about their medicinal benefits: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Though both of them come from the same plant, they produce different effects as they are very different from each other.
Well, your doctor may provide you with special recommendations for specific cannabis medicinal products. Most of the time a patient has to undergo numbers of trials and errors before he/she finds the exact strain which fits for the health needs of the individual. Different or versatile strains might have to be considered before you choose the perfect cannabis strains for yourself, providing you with the greatest medicinal benefits.
Today we are here to present a few brief guidelines to help you pick the correct medical strain for you. Here are the facts that you need to know about all the marijuana groups and how they mean for all medical cannabis patients.
Indicas are known for having well-defined and recognizable physical characteristics. The plants are short and stocky, and the leaves are broad. But always remember that its size has nothing to do with its inherent qualities. The dispensaries who have used it have described the plants as one of the strongest sedatives. Its strains provide a heavy-bodied and numbing sensation.
This strain contains a high quantity of Myrcene. Myrcene is an aroma molecule (terpene) present in the dried flowers of this plant, and the flowers have a mango-like aroma. The drowsiness comes proportionally with the myrcene level.
The health effects mostly suited for the Indicas are:-
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle tension
- Lack of appetite
- Physical stress
- Anxiety (low dose)
Sativas plants are tall but their growth is slow, and the leaves are narrower than that of the Indicas plants. The Sativa strains provide similar energetic effects that a cup of coffee delivers.
Sativa strains contain some higher-level cannabis compounds, which are called tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). A lower amount of this compound may decrease the sedation caused by Indica strains.
Sativa strains are beneficial for:-
- Migraine and headache
- Chronic fatigue
- Moderate pain relief
- Focus and concentration
There is a vast majority of cannabis strains that belong to hybrids class. This particular strain has a few sub-categories. A few of them are Indica dominant or Sativa dominant or even well-balanced. Before purchasing, a little research on the overall effect of the particular strain is always useful. The research will give you an idea about the amount of sedation it may provide you with. If the amount of Myrcene is more than 0.5% in a strain, it may cause a cannabis ‘couch-lock’. Moreover, hybrids are way more potent than the strains of Indica or even Sativa.
Lastly, we can say that there are so many ways through which CBD and THC may offer a vast range of treatments against several medical conditions, be it physical or mental. Indica, Sativa, Hybrid- all these strains can be used in so many medical applications, because of the active ingredients present in their compounds. Variables of cannabis with proportionately high levels of CBD can allow the sufferers from chronic diseases to experience many beneficial moves from the consumption of medicinal cannabis, without making them experience a strong psychoactive effect that comes from most of the conventional medicinal drugs. So all we can say is, once you have made your pick, all you do is to enjoy your weed and taste the different reverberations of those various strains on your body.