Is Medical Marijuana Right for You?
If you believe medical marijuana may soothe a medical condition you have that has been diagnosed by a physician, it is important to learn about different strains and methods of ingesting it. The type of strain you select will determine its strength and its effect on your mind and body. New strains of medical marijuana continue to be stronger with increased percentages of THC so choosing the type for your condition is crucial to your healing.
Sativa vs. Indica Strains: Certain strains, or type of marijuana, work best with certain medical conditions. The type of strain you select will affect your mind and body so choose carefully. After experimenting with both types, patients usually prefer one strain over the other, or a hybrid that contains a combination of both.
Sativa Strains: The Cannabis sativa plant is generally used for stimulating appetite and by increasing energy and activity levels. Sativas are good for daily use where you can still work, play the guitar and function on a daily basis. A few patients report they spend hours cleaning their house because they were pain free and had so much energy from a sativa strain.
Indica Strains: Conversely, the Cannabis indica plant is generally more potent than sativa and has sedative/relaxants which create a sedated feeling. Some patients describe indica as a “couch-like” feeling, which is why it is good to medicate with this strain at night and in the comfort of your own home. Indicas are effective in treating symptoms such as anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Hybrid Strains (combination of both Sativa and Indica)
New strains of marijuana are being developed every day. They are a combination of sativa and indica, with one strain being the dominant strain. For example, you may see a strain on a menu at a dispensary listed as 60% sativa and 40% indica, which indicates that the medicine is dominantly sativa. Like finding a good wine, it usually takes a few tries until you find one you like and that is best suited to your condition. So don’t be afraid to experiment.