Medical Marijuana Strains and their Effect
Cannabis is the plant from which all marijuana is derived, although different Cannabis species have wildly varying effects on users.
Cannabis, often known as marijuana, comes in a variety of forms. Marijuana is any part of the Cannabis plant that has been dried and used for recreational or medicinal purposes. How and what strain of the Cannabis plant is used in the preparation determines the distinct sort of cannabis.
The chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. THC has psychoactive effects, which can change how you feel and your brain works. Cannabidiol (CBD), another major component of cannabis, produces calming benefits without the high associated with THC. It has also been suggested that CBD can ease discomfort.
What Is a Marijuana Strain?
The chemotype (chemical profile), phenotype (physical appearance), and possible medicinal effects of a marijuana plant are all defined by its strain. Cultivars, chemovars, chemotypes, and variations are all names used to refer to distinct cannabis plants.
There are likely hundreds more previously unknown or poorly documented strains of cannabis that have yet to be included in the 700–800 strains now recognized by cannabis scientists. Cultivators can create infinite cannabis strains by crossing and grafting different plants.
The Different Strains of Marijuana
Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains make up the foundation of the marijuana family tree. It's important not to generalize because different strains have different effects (some may increase energy, while others may help you sleep). The effects of cannabis are highly individual, depending on factors such as the individual's weight, health, and familiarity with the drug.
Here are some broad descriptions of sativa, indica, and hybrid varieties of cannabis.
Sativa strains are renowned for their stimulating properties and large concentrations of the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Sativa plants, distinguished by their tall stature and narrow leaves, can have fruity, floral, or spicy scents and flavors, depending on the terpenes they absorb.
The Hindu "Kush" region, which includes parts of Afghanistan, is the cradle of cannabis indica. Its origin in the cold, alpine regions causes it to be shorter and bushier than in warmer regions. The dark, lush, rounded leaves set this plant apart from the sativa variety. The blossoms cluster together.
C. indica is a potent weed because it generates high levels of THC and very little CBD. It can be calming or soothing, making the person consuming it desire to take it easy on the sofa. This is why its usual time of use is just before bed. Because of its calming effects, it produces more of a "body high."
Insomniacs frequently turn to India for its soothing effects. A recent study discovered that indica users were likelier to report alleviation from insomnia and pain than sativa users. The increased THC content may be responsible for this impact.
Hybrids or crossbreeds between sativa and indica make up the vast majority of cannabis strains. However, most "indica" and "sativa" strains are hybrids. Instead of relying on whether a strain is sativa, indica, or a hybrid, cannabinoid and terpene concentration is a more accurate indicator of its effects.
Depending on their chemotype, hybrids can have a greater concentration of either THC or CBD. Hybrid strains' effects are more likely to fluctuate than those of pure sativa or indica plants.
What Marijuana Strain is the Best?
Your specific health objectives and any medical ailments you hope to address ultimately determine the optimal marijuana strain for you. While some cannabis strains are better at treating anxiety, others might be able to help those who suffer from persistent pain.
Numerous flavors, aromas, psychoactive effects, and therapeutic advantages characterize medical marijuana. Experiment with Sativas, indicas, and hybrids with various CBD: THC ratios and terpenes to find the strain that works best for you. The finest strains for you are the ones that you grow to love! Additionally, you might have additional favorites for various times of the day.
How to Pick a Strain of Marijuana
Before picking a strain of marijuana, think about how much experience you have using it. If you've never used cannabis before, a CBD-rich strain with low THC levels is a good place to begin. For first-time users, strains with a CBD: THC ratio of 80:20 are recommended; when tolerance to THC decreases, you may move on to 50:50 or 1:1.
The next step is to select a strain that will produce the desired results. If you're feeling stressed, consider smoking some indica-rich Blueberry. Choose the Sativa-dominant Jack Herer if you need to stay awake and focused for an upcoming test.
Think about cannabinoids outside CBD and THC, too. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) can moderate THC's effects and alleviate anxiety simultaneously, whereas cannabinol (CBN) generates calming effects. Terpenes like myrcene, linalool, and pinene are also worth considering because of their calming effects.
Finally, think about what tastes and smells you enjoy most. Pineapple OG has the potential to make you feel like you're on vacation in the tropics, while Gelato may take you to an Italian ice cream parlor.
Make sure you buy your cannabis strains from a legitimate dispensary (or grow them yourself, as many states now permit medical marijuana patients to do). Examine the components, analysis results, and other evidence of quality. If you have a medical marijuana prescription, it is important to use the drug in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
Get Ready for Medical Marijuana in Kentucky
Medical marijuana will be legal in Kentucky in 2025! However, you can now use medical marijuana purchased from other states, so get a recommendation as legal protection!
Cannabis is a natural, safe alternative medicine without the harsh side effects that come with many prescription drugs. If you think you could benefit from medical marijuana, you probably qualify!
Schedule an evaluation online today with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors. Why wait any longer than you have to for the relief you’ve been missing?
You’ll meet with your doctor virtually via a telemedicine appointment using your smartphone or computer, and together, you’ll discuss your condition and decide if medical marijuana is right for you.