Medical marijuana is an effective form of relief for people who suffer from conditions that traditional pharmaceuticals can’t seem to relieve. Whether you’re looking for basic information or you’re a seasoned pro, the amount of choices you have when it comes to cannabis strains can be overwhelming. This guide will give you an introduction to everything you need when it comes to understanding the three core cannabis classifications.
The first thing for you to know is that marijuana strains are bucketed into three different categories: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. Although these terms have been around for centuries, when used today there is more detail associated with the terms. Some of these features include, effects, origins, flavours, and more. This way of organizing strains is so important in canna-culture that people often choose strains based on their classification alone.
Sativas are less potent than Indicas, but have a higher concentration of THC…which is the ingredient in marijuana that give the psychoactive effects. Many patients find that Sativas increase their creativity, energy, and focus. Sativas also increase serotonin levels, making it great for people who are looking for a mood booster. Sativa are known for their “head high”, but for some medical conditions a Sativa by itself may not be potent enough to provide therapeutic relief for some patients.
On the other hand, Indicas are said to be more relaxing and give you more of a “body high”, a sharp contrast to Sativas. Indicas may induce sleep, relieve nausea, and give an overall sense of calm. Indicas are used by patients who are diagnosed with many ailments varying from Lupus, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and more. Indicas are known for stimulating appetite and providing nausea relief.
The third type of classification for marijuana are the Hybrid strains. Hybrid strains typically vary in two ways, Indica-Sativa or Sativa-Indica. The goal of a Hybrid strain is to combine effects from one strain with another in order to minimise or maximise the experience. For example, an Indica-Sativa may offer pain relief from the Indica along with the mood booster of the Sativa. On the flip side, a Sativa-Indica may be great for people wanting to stimulate their appetite and reduce pain. When it comes to Hybrid strains, your options are pretty much endless.
Finding the best marijuana strain for you may take some trial and error, but knowing the different classifications between the strains can help you find what works for your condition and your tolerance level.