For new marijuana users, understanding which strain of cannabis to go for can be challenging. Different strains have different properties; so if you’re using marijuana for its medical properties, you should reach out to medical health professionals about which strain you should use.
There are many strains available in different potencies and terpene amounts (that determine the flavor). Here are the most commonly available strains and their properties.
Indica strains generally have higher levels of THC than Sativa strains do. They’re effective at bringing about a feeling of relaxation, so higher doses may result in mild sedation. Many people use Indica to wind down after a long day, since it also helps relieve stress.
Over 40 million adults in the US suffer deal with some kind of anxiety disorder. Indica’s anxiolytic properties may help them manage their symptoms.
People who experience chronic pain due to conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia may also use Indica for its pain-alleviating effects.
Since Indica has high THC levels, it induces hunger. High-strength Indica strains will give you the “munchies,” and are thus effective as an appetite stimulant.
Indica strains can therefore also help cancer patients who undergo nausea, insomnia, and depression. THC is a sleep-inducing cannabinoid, and its anti-inflammatory effects could help patients with cancer feel more comfortable.
Sativa strains make you feel more active. These strains don’t have as high a THC content as Indica, and therefore can be used during the day. Sativa strains generally energize you for two to three hours and then wear off without making you sleepy or sedated. If you need a mild source of pain relief, a Sativa strain could help you.
Some Sativa strains move you into a very dreamy state, while others inspire more energy. You should research the strain you’re planning on using to find out what daytime activities you’ll be able to take part in while on it.
Hybrid strains are a combination of both Sativa and Indica. These strains differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some may be higher in Indica content than Sativa, and therefore have a greater amount of THC. Those that contain more Sativa are better if you’re planning on working the rest of the day.