NOTE: Every person’s experience could vary greatly from another’s. The category, or type, of cannabis may not be the greatest indicator of the effects a patient may or may not experience. The information provided here are general perceptions.
There are three types of cannabis that you’ll likely find in a medical cannabis dispensary: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid, which is a mix of the two. These strain categories have unique qualities and offer certain benefits producing different results. They are used for a number of medicinal reasons.
Indica cannabis is typically associated with producing a more relaxing effect and is more likely to make you drowsy. It has also been described as having qualities that decrease nausea and pain. Because of its calming effects, some elect to consume Indica before sleep.
Sativa cannabis has been known for its “head high” and for its energizing effect. There have been some claims that Sativa strains may help increase appetite and focus. Because of this declared stimulating impact, many may choose to use Sativa during the daytime.
Hybrids many times possess a blend of the qualities of both Indicas and Sativas, thus balancing out the energizing and calming effects.
Keep in Mind
Instead of looking solely at the type of strain – Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid – understand the descriptions the medical dispensary provides including the potency of THC and CBD as well as the terpene profile. Patients should not consume cannabis medicine without knowing that it was properly grown, dried, cured and laboratory tested for purity. Purchasing from the illicit market voids these safety measures and should be avoided.
What’s the condition you’re trying to treat? What are your goals and tolerance level? Some strains with higher levels of cannabinoids may be too potent for a first-time user or a new patient. Many factors are involved in creating the medical effects of cannabis than strain alone and it’s best to talk with a LeafLine representative about what may work best for you.
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