With more than 750 strains available and new ones being introduced all the time, it’s safe to say there are plenty of options when it comes to finding the right medical marijuana treatment for your needs. In fact, the variety can be overwhelming.
So, let’s start slowly.
First, marijuana flower buds can typically be split into three main categories:
Think of it this way: Honeycrisp, Macintosh, and Gala are all types of apples, yet each is vastly different from the other.
This analogy falls a bit short, however, as the flower buds’ differences go beyond flavor — rather, the greatest difference between each “breed” is their produced effect.
First, what are sativas and indicas?
Sativas and indicas are two of the three main classes of cannabis plants.
Hybrids, the third class, are made of up a combination of the first two.
Aside from physical differences in the size of the plants and leaf shapes, sativas tend to provide more uplifting effects as the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) interacts with the cannabis receptors in your brain.
Sativas are excellent for increasing productivity, physical activity, or during social gatherings.
On the other hand, indicas — which typically contain high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) — have much more of a sedative effect on your brain, and therefore work well to provide a calming effect or a relaxed state of being.
What is hybrid weed? And how is it different from other strains?
Simply stated, a hybrid weed is a combination of sativa and indica plants — specifically bred to provide certain qualities.
Each hybrid strain has different levels of THC and CBD, which produce a variety of effects on the brain.
Since hybrid weed combines some of the most favorable characteristics of both strains, it typically offers a balance between the sativas and indicas.
However, depending on traits they inherit from each strain, there are differences among hybrids as well.
What different effects do hybrids produce?
Generally speaking, sativa-dominant hybrids provide a relaxing feeling that allows patients to unwind both physically and mentally.
They are known to have more of an uplifting effect on your brain and are therefore better suited for daytime use.
Indica-dominant hybrids offer a more intense experience, making them ideal for pain relief and help falling asleep at night.
They can also be helpful in reducing seizures, and alleviating headaches.
Balanced hybrids, meaning a true 50/50 combination of indicas and sativas, generally help with finding the most harmony between mind and body.
Additionally, some hybrids are excellent for improving your mood, increasing your appetite, or stimulating creativity.
Hybrids for pain relief, depression, and more.
One of the most common reasons people seek a hybrid weed is to relieve chronic pain.
Unlike opiates (prescription medications typically prescribed for pain management), medical marijuana is naturally derived, rather than chemically based, and free from many unpleasant side effects.
For many chronic pain sufferers, cannabinoids — particularly THC and CBD — can be an effective, natural pain management solution.
CBD is not a psychoactive compound like THC, but it is an active ingredient that can help reduce pain and inflammation.
Again, finding the hybrid that works best for your specific pain can seem overwhelming, but there are a few general guidelines to follow.
The trick is to find the ones that work best for your pain and with your body chemistry (how your brain processes the cannabinoids) so you can get the most positive outcome from your medical marijuana experience.
The following hybrid strains offer consistent characteristics for managing different types of pain:
White Widow: Sativa-dominant. Offers outstanding pain relief plus an uplifting, euphoric feeling. Treats stress, depression, and lack of appetite.
Blue Dream: Balance of sativa and indica. Sweet flavor, typically preferred by smokers. Works well for depression and stress relief, along with significant relief from aches and pains.
Bubba Kush: Indica-dominant. Provides a sleepy, pain-relieving effect for many people. Known as the “marijuana sleeping pill” because it minimizes stress and assists with insomnia.
AK-47: A cannabis mix that comes from combining several different sativa and indica strains. Great for pain relief, depression, and has an uplifting effect. Best consumed during the day, rather than before bed.
Jack Herer: A powerhouse strain that eases the pain, treats depression, increases appetite, and combats fatigue.
The best way to find the right strain for your medical needs?
Speak to the medical cannabis professionals at Desert Rose Dispensary.
Providing our patients with the highest standards and compassionate care since 2016, we are here to help you select the hybrid weed that’s best for your health condition and desired results.
We’re happy to answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision.