It’s just an easy decision to choose a strain of medicinal cannabis. However, selecting from the wide spectrum of strains to suit a certain person needs makes the process more complicated. Most of the marijuana users have never grown cannabis before. Even if some do, figuring out what works just as recreational doesn’t always mean that it is apt to be used in medicinal purposes. Once a patient has a diagnosis, what he needs to do next is to figure out whether or not the strain is suited to relieve the symptoms.
Steps in Choosing the Right Cannabis Strain for Your Needs
The first thing that you want to keep in mind is the strain classification. These are described in a way that dispensaries described them. The next step is knowing the cannabinoid content. Quantifiable test results can support this one.
Generally, we can group the strains into three: Indicas, Sativas and Hybrids. Although there are still lots of debates on how the strains are classified into these, we came up of a breakdown of their characteristics and medical implications for medical cannabis patients.
Types of Cannabis Strain
Indicas have notable, distinct characteristic including broad leaves and short stocky plants. Don’t judge it by its size though! This type of strain is described as more sedative, relaxing strains. It can provide a great numbing sensation.
A musky, mango-like aroma molecule called Myrcene is high in this type of strain. If the Myrcene level is higher, the more drowsy astrain will be. Indicas are most suited for insomnia, chronic pain, muscle tension, anxiety and many more.
Unlike Indicas, Sativas has narrow leaves, tall and has a slow growth patterns. It has energetic effects as strong as a cup of coffee.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is found at higher levels in Sativa strains. Lower amounts of myrcene can have a less sedating effects compared to Indica strains. This strain is beneficial for migraine, chronic fatigue, glaucoma, depression and a daytime relief.
Most marijuana strains can be classified into hybrid class. It has sub-categories such as indica dominant, sativa dominant, or well-balanced. Before you purchase, you need to do a little research of the strains and their overall effects ahead of time.
Myrcene levels are important. This can give you an idea of how much sedation there is to a bud. 0.5 percent indicates that it may came from the well-known cannabis “cough-lock”. Also, hybrids are more potent than pure indica or sativa strains.
Identifying the Type of Cannabinoid that is Contained
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most well-known types of Cannabinoid. THC makes up most of the active ingredients while CBD takes the smaller, non-psychoactive fraction. A potent strain may have a 15% to 19% THC but only contain just less than 1% CBD. This comparative proportion is crucial to what can influence the way pot affects the patient. Although CBD is not psychoactive, it can control the effects of THC in addition to its many benefits.
Most known strains can either be THC-dominant, CBD-dominant or a mix of both. However, strains do not have more than 30 percent total cannabinoids. Some breeders are working on the development of strains in less common cannabinoids like THCV. However, those strains are very hard to find in local dispensaries.
Strains that have high THC or CBD produce different effects. Those are relatively beneficial for different types of symptoms and diseases.THC can be treated for pain, inflammation, nausea, glaucoma and depression. THC-dominant strains include: Girl Scout Cookies, Gorilla Glue and Blue Dream.
If both THC and CBD work together, they enhances the effect of the other. Both cannabinoids work synergistically to achieve medicinal results. Those benefits include: improving sleep, easing THC-associated anxiety and paranoia and boosting antioxidant potential. Strains that have high THC and CBD are Sour Tsunami, Stephen Hawking Kush and Cannatonic.
Tips For Recreational Users
The ideal strain for recreational users is any strain with high level of THC. In fact, it is the only “psychoactive” among hundreds of Cannabinoids. This is responsible for giving you the feeling of being high and euphoria.
So, if you want to experience that, opt for a strain that is THC- rich. This can make you giggle at anything, stimulate your creativity and heighten your senses.
Tips For Medical Cannabis Patients
A strain rich in CBD is right for you if you’re looking to get the most out of Marijuana’s medicinal benefits. CBD can be added to your everyday regime to treat the symptoms of a variety of disorders. Charlotte’s Web is an example of this strain, which would not make you feel high at all.
CBD is identified as the primary cannabinoid responsible for the healing properties of cannabis. Moreover, it counteracts with the feeling high effects of THC.
- Indica Strain- Ice, Northern Light, Blue Mystic, Tasty Nugs, Big Bubba, Island Beauty
- Sativa Strain- Moby Dick, Amnesia Haze, AK-47, Chocolope Kush, Delahaze, Laughing Buddha
- Hybrid Strain- Strawberry Banana, Chiquita Banana, Blissful Wizard, Gorilla Glue #4, Bruce Banner #3