The first time a medical marijuana patient walks into a dispensary, the volume and variety of products can be mind-boggling. Marijuana is a diverse and versatile plant, and deciding which strain is right for your condition can be challenging, to say the least.
Luckily, there is one easy place for new patients to start. Marijuana flower is classified into two main variations: indica and sativa. While every strain of marijuana is different, these primary classifications allow patients to take informed steps toward choosing the best treatment for their condition.
What’s a Sativa?
Sativa varieties of marijuana produce tall, thin plants that take a long time to cultivate. Their flower contains a higher THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content, which promotes euphoria, focus energy and, for some people, may help relieve pain, anxiety and depression.
These strains are ideal for patients who medicate during the daytime, as they often provide an energizing effect. However, sativas are not for everyone.
Their high THC content can make some people overly anxious, paranoid and dizzy. For new patients who have never used a marijuana product before, high THC levels can be overwhelming. Thus, many patients may not necessarily want to begin their treatment with a sativa if they have not had prior exposure to marijuana products.
Additionally, sativa strains tend toward a lower CBD (cannabidiol) content, and consequently may not provide enough relief for patients who suffer from severe pain and insomnia.
What About Indicas?
Indica cultivars of marijuana produce distinctly different plants from sativas; the plants are shorter and wider and are cultivated more quickly than their sativa counterparts. These strains contain a higher concentration of CBD, which can be very beneficial for relaxation, nausea, pain relief and insomnia. CBD is also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial for those suffering from inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
In contrast to sativas, indicas can be less beneficial to those who suffer from depression. Additionally, some patients have experienced less relief from anxiety with indica strains than with sativa strains. The drowsiness-inducing qualities of indicas also make them generally undesirable for daytime use, so patients who need to medicate throughout the day may find that indicas are not the ideal choice for them.
Of course, a pure indica or sativa might not be right for every patient; thankfully, there are hybrids.
Hybrids? What Are Those?
Hybrid strains of marijuana are developed by breeding sativa and indica plants together. These strains contain varying amounts of THC and CBD depending on their parent plants, and thus can have extremely different effects from strain to strain. The best way to find out what effects a hybrid strain has is to ask your dispensary agent.
What if I’m Still Not Sure What Is Right for Me?
The professionals at Desert Rose Dispensary are always happy to help patients find the best strain for their needs—whether it be indica, sativa, or hybrid. Even if smoking flower isn’t your thing, we’ve still got you covered. All of our strains are clearly labelled indica, sativa or hybrid. Check them out on our menu!
At Desert Rose Dispensary, we always seek to share our experience and information with patients in order to ensure they receive the best standard of care when considering treatment options. Give us a call or stop by today. Our team members are passionate about providing affordable, high-quality products and will be glad to help you decide which of them is right for you.