So you’ve decided to try cannabis to address some problems in your life. The question is, how do you choose the best strain for your needs? Especially when choosing for medical purposes, finding the correct strain is key to success. There is no ‘one size fits all’!
Sativa is the main strain that comes from warmer parts of the world, like Central and South America. It is high in THC and low in CBD. In terms of effects, sativa is used for a ‘head high’, due to its energy-giving properties and focus benefits. Common medical uses include headache and anxiety relief, as well as aiding in focus (which can be used as an ADHD treatment). Use it to feel creative and sharp, not to help you sleep.
Indica is generally grown in dry, arid conditions like the Middle East. It contains a more even blend of THC and CBD. As a result, it is a much more ‘relaxing’ form of cannabis, producing the relaxation and lethargy more commonly associated with cannabis use. It’s used more for body pain management, to reduce anxiety, nausea, and to help with insomnia. It’s not recommended for day use due to its relaxation properties.
Hybrid cannabis is created by breeding together one or more strains each of Sativa and Indica. Hybrids can create a more even ‘head and body’ high, or any desired combination of THC and CBD to address the individual’s issues. Maybe you want a little focus and a little relaxation. In this case, hybrid strains are a great option. They’re also the most popular choice for reducing the side effects of chemotherapy, due to its highly customizable profiles.
Keep in mind that even within each strain there can be many variations of THC and CBD to suit your needs. Think about what your goals are when consuming cannabis and use this as a starting point to look at what type to purchase. If you’re new to these products, choose a milder strain to avoid over-potency on your first try. So, it may take some research, but there is definitely a type of cannabis out there for you.