Understanding The Different Marijuana Strains

Cannabis is on the rise, especially after legalization in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. The cannabis industry has become more popular because it can be a versatile form of medication. Studies have shown the therapeutic potential of cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and arthritis.

Marijuana is generally divided into three categories. The two main subspecies of marijuana are indica and sativa. The third strain is a hybrid, which is a combination of indica and sativa. Different strains vary in their range of effects on the mind and body, resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. Each strain may be used for several medicinal and recreational purposes.

Cannabis Indica 
Cannabis indica strains are known for creating a full-body and mind relaxation effect, which is why it is commonly consumed at night. Indica strains tend to have a higher level of cannabinol (CBD) than sativa strains, which creates a calming sensation. Common effects include pain relief, appetite stimulation, and pain relief. Indica is characterized as short bushy plants with broad dark green leaves. This strain tends to grow in dry climates. Examples include India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Afghanistan.

Cannabis Sativa 
Cannabis sativa strains are known for creating a mind energizing effect, which is commonly known as a “head high.” Sativa stimulates creativity and provides energy, which is why it is commonly consumed during the daytime. Sativa strains tend to have a higher level of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compared to indica strains, which creates an energizing sensation. Sativa is characterized as thin light green leaves with tall slim plants, which may grow taller than 12 feet. This strain tends to grow in hot, dry climates. Examples include Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Cannabis Hybrid 
Hybrids may be used to achieve a variety of different effects. Hybrid strains are created by combining the seeds of both indica and sativa plants on farms or greenhouses. These strains tend to be the most popular as users experience a balanced combination of indica and sativa effects for both mind and body. Certain hybrid strains may be more ‘Indica-dominant’ or ‘sativa-dominant,’ so it is essential to speak with a professional to aid your decision-making process. Whether hybrids are commonly consumed during the daytime or night time depends on the predominant effects of the hybrid.

Conclusion 
It is important to note that the effects of each strain may not produce consistent effects. It is recommended to research the cannabinoid content of each strain, specifically the ratio of THC to CBD, to get an accurate idea of the potential effects. It may take time to find your most suitable strain through trial and error, but achieving your desired effects will be worth the hassle. However, it is essential to speak with your medical provider if you are seeking marijuana to treat a medical condition or if you are currently taking any medications.

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