Cannabinoids There are three varieties of marijuana to choose from: Sativa, Indica, and hybrids. What make them different from one another are the amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) that are present. THC is what gets a patient high, while CBD imparts the medical benefits. So, the proportion between THC and CBD in a medical marijuana strain is what changes the effects of the cannabis on a patient for the treatment of different conditions. Let’s break it down:

Sativa strains are typically low in CBD and moderately high in THC. These strains affect the mind more than the body, providing an energetic effect. These strains are best for conditions like cancer, AIDS, migraines, and depression. They act as an appetite stimulator and reduce nausea, while lifting moods. For these reasons, Sativa strains are commonly used during the day.

Indica strains are usually relatively high in both THC and CBD. These strains create more of a body stone, while relaxing the muscles and other parts of the body. Therefore, they are ideal for conditions that are associated with muscle spasticity, pain, tremors, pressure, or stiffness, such as MS, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. This strain provides relief in the body in ways that pharmaceutical drugs haven’t been able to do through lab-made chemicals. Because Indica strains create feelings of relaxation, they are better used in the evening or at night.

Hybrids are strains of cannabis that are grown as a mix between Sativa and Indica. These strains are the most popular, since they can create therapeutic effects that are associated with both the Sativa and Indica strains, which is ideal for patients who are trying to suppress many different types of symptoms. With hybrids, breeders can create any variety of medical marijuana strain with different THC and CBD proportions, so a patient can get exactly what they need without compromising.

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