Whether you want to relieve pain or lose weight, there is a marijuana strain that can help you. Check lab tests and consult your budtender to find the best options and create the best experience possible.
Lab tests can help determine if a product contains CBN and to which degree. Using a process known as High Performance Liquid Chromatography, licensed testing facilities can determine exactly how much of each cannabinoid is present in a product and will often indicate the results online.
Saturday May 30, 2015
Some of the most popular marijuana strains for energy include Sour Diesel, known for its fast-acting cerebral high and tangy, diesel fuel flavor; Casey Jones noted for its uplifting, creative effects and sweet, earthy flavor; Golden Goat for its unbeatable tropical flavor and uplifting body high; and (my personal favorite) Lemon Skunk, known for its sociable high and sweet, tangy flavor.
Of course, it isn’t really that simple. Because marijuana contains more than 80 known cannabinoids that have been shown to affect different parts of the brain and body, various strains (which contain different concentrations of cannabinoids) can induce different results. In order to plan the best marijuana experience possible, you should understand as much as possible how each strain impacts you personally.
Generally speaking, sativa strains tend to contain higher levels of THC, or the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. Sativa-dominant strains are much more likely to promote energy and creative thinking.
Though some might prefer CBD-only products such as pills or patches in order to avoid an unwanted “high”, the best analgesic effects will typically come from strains that contain a variety of pain-relieving cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN and CBG) including White Widow which is known for its energetic, creative high and earthy flavor; Northern Lights for its sweet flavor and relaxing body high; Chemdawg for its intense head and body high and distinct diesel fuel flavor; and Godberry for its sweet flavor and immediate, long-lasting pain relief.
Taken in higher doses, however, THC seems to have the opposite effect. Instead of reducing anxiety, high levels of THC might actually make matters worse by reducing the efficiency of cannabinoid receptors. Those who wish to treat (or avoid) anxiety during their marijuana experience should choose strains with low THC levels and higher CBD levels, which has been shown to both reduce anxiety and counter the effects of THC.
Researchers have confirmed that low doses of THC can lower anxiety levels in mice models by binding with CB1 receptors in the amygdala, or the part of the brain responsible for feelings of stress and anxiety.
Carefully consider the marijuana experience that you hope to have and base your strain choice accordingly. From energetic and creative highs with sativas to sleep-inducing, laid back highs with indicas, choose the strain for the experience you want.
Our knowledgeable budtenders are always happy to offer recommendations to our patients, and as you can see, with the wide variety of strains available we encourage patients to familiarize themselves with the various cannabis classifications in order to make the most educated decisions about medicating. Below are some of the main cannabis classifications and what you can expect from each.
Even hybrid strains are frequently used to alleviate stress, headaches, and depression with the perfect balance of head and body effects. These strains are appropriate for any time of day, depending on the patient’s preference and tolerance. See a long list of 50/50 hybrid strains on Leafly.
A sativa-dominant hybrid delivers a cerebral high with a relaxing body effect. Patients experience calm, clear-headed physical and mental relief with sativa-dominant cannabis strains, which are typically used during the day. See the best sativa-dominant strains according to Zativo.com.
This strain classification is recommended for patients who are looking for mental effects and little-to-no physical effects. Clear sativas are stimulants that are known to help with depression, nausea, chronic pain, and focus, and are best for daytime use. See the best clear sativa strains according to herb.co .
Looking at a medicinal cannabis plant, it’s not immediately obvious that all plants are not created equal. Cannabis plants are commonly referred to as indica, sativa, or a hybrid of the two, which tells us how the plant will affect most people. From those plants, there are nearly 780 known cannabis strains and new ones are being developed every day! Those strains are what you see displayed at the dispensary and have names like Grand Daddy Purp, Yoda, Gorilla Glue, and more. A quick rule of thumb when it comes to considering the right cannabis strain for you is that Indica strains are more relaxing, great for nighttime use, and have higher CBD and lower THC counts. Sativa strains are more energizing, great for daytime use, and have lower CBD and higher THC counts. A hybrid is a varying percentage of the two.
Heavy indica strains can have intense full-body effects and are recommended for relaxation, nausea reduction, sleep, and long-lasting pain relief. Most patients use heavy indica strains for nighttime medicating. See the strongest indica strains according to herb.co.
This strain of cannabis delivers full-body pain relief with a relaxing head high. Depending on the patient’s tolerance and preference, indica-dominant hybrids are good for nighttime medicating (sleep) or daytime medicating (minor pain relief without intense sedating effects). See the strongest indica hybrid strains according to herb.co.
These strains are on the lighter side of Indica, but still offer pain relief and relaxation with less intense sedating effects. Most patients use clear indica strains for nighttime medicating. See the best indica strains according to The Chill Bud.
Heavy sativa strains are ideal for patients who want an intense and uplifting body high with a heavy head effect. These strains boost focus and creativity and can relieve depression and anxiety in patients. Heavy sativas are great for daytime medicating. See the strongest sativa strains according to herb.co.
If you want to get the maximum benefits and the best medical marijuana uses, we’ve got the lowdown on sativa, indica, and hybrid cannabis strains so you can pick the best option for your needs.