Medical cannabis can be used to treat a variety of health ailments, especially for those who struggle with chronic conditions. It can allow patients to feel mentally and physically relaxed while alleviating painful symptoms and helping them to achieve a greater quality of life.
For a new patient prescribed medicinal cannabis, it can be a daunting task to select the right strain for your needs. At Largo Clinic, we are here to help you learn about the primary strains of marijuana and each of their benefits to determine which is best for you.
There is a wide array of products to choose from, but there are primarily three strains of cannabis plants; Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids.
Indica cannabis strains are typically short, bushier cannabis plants that have wide leaves and a darker color.
Indica strains are described as giving patients a “full-body” effect with a higher CBD and lower THC levels. The major medicinal qualities of the Indica strains include:
- Decreased pain
- Decreased symptoms of nausea and dizziness
- Increased appetite
- Raised dopamine levels
- Reduced stress levels
- Relieved muscle tension
These calming and soothing effects are beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety or chronic conditions. Many patients also report that it helps them feel deeply relaxed and achieve a better night’s sleep. Due to these relaxing effects on the body and mind, Indica strains are ideal for night-time usage.
Sativa cannabis strains tend to grow larger and thinner with narrow leaves and a lighter green color.
Sativa strains are associated with a more “euphoric” experience providing a more cerebral effect impacting your mood and emotions. They contain higher amounts of THC and lower levels of CBD. The major medicinal qualities of the Sativa strains include:
- Increase in energy levels
- Decreased feelings of depression
- Decreased pain
- Increased focus
- Raised serotonin levels
- Reduced feelings of anxiety
These uplifting effects make Sativa strains beneficial for patients who struggle with anxiety or depression. The energizing effect of this strain makes Sativa strains ideal for day-time usage and social situations.
Hybrid cannabis strains can be a blend of Indica and Sativa strains or even other strains that have been crossbred before, allowing for a diverse mix of physical characteristics and effects. Often, hybrids are grown to increase levels of THC, but each is unique.
These strains can offer the best of both primary strains in terms of benefits. Hybrids can be Indica dominant, Sativa dominant, or an even balance of both. Their benefits will vary depending on the predominant strain but can range from reducing levels of anxiety and stress management to easing chronic pain.
Although all marijuana strains have various effects, these classifications help patients and doctors determine a strain’s personality. As a patient, your medication must work properly to alleviate your symptoms and minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Together, we will work with you to judge what works best for you and your medical needs.
For more information on medicinal marijuana and how we can help you find relief, contact Largo Clinic today.