Every single marijuana plant is different. Even when you think one strain is identical to another, you’ll be surprised to know that the chemical composition of each medical cannabis strain is unique and different. There are a variety of terpenes and ratios of CBD to THC that can affect the impact each strain has on you.
One of the quickest ways to break down the differences in medical marijuana strains is by grouping them as either indicas, sativas, or a hybrid of the two. Understanding these three categories will give you a basic understanding of the different effects of marijuana strains. Each category will impart specific benefits, and each category has some general characteristics that we will get to soon.
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Different Types of Strains: An Overview
Before we dive into the multitude of different strain types, it is important to have a firm grasp of the general characteristics of each strain type. Depending on the medical condition you have been diagnosed with, you may find that certain strain types are more helpful than others. It is always beneficial to experiment and test which strain type is right for you.
Heavy Sativas are known for being great in the daytime. Medical marijuana strains that fall into the heavy sativa category are going to provide an intense and euphoric body high, while simultaneously stimulating creativity. Some patients experience greater levels of energy, which is beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
Because heavy sativas are more uplifting and energetic, many patients find that using them during the day is the ideal way to gain confidence and a lively attitude going about their work or life. However, medical marijuana in this category can be very powerful, so do use caution when you are trying these medical marijuana strains.
Clear sativas, unlike their heavy sativa relatives, are known for having similar mental effects without a euphoric body high. For some patients, especially those diagnosed with anxiety disorders, the body effects of a heavy sativa can be overstimulating. For those folks, trying a clear sativa can be a game changer that imparts the same benefits without the added physical overstimulation.
Clear sativas, like heavy sativas, are great for daytime use because they impart energy and creativity. For patients who have a hard time finding motivation or incentive to accomplish tasks in their day-to-day lives, a clear sativa is a great way to feel euphoric and motivated without the physical effects of an intense body high.
When picturing the effects of a heavy indica, imagine the goofy, couch-lock caricatures of stoners. Heavy indicas are great for providing relaxation and relief from the stress of the day. Many medical marijuana patients who consume heavy indica strains prefer to use them at night because it encourages sleep and provides moderate pain relief.
For medical marijuana patients who struggle with sleeping, nausea, and pain from a variety of medical conditions, a heavy indica strain will provide full-body effects that will wash over your body. These strains are ideal for use at night because they are a perfect segue into a deep, restful sleep.
For something that isn’t quite as intense as a heavy indica strain, many patients use clear indicas. Clear indicas have all of the same benefits of a heavy indica without the intense couch-lock or physically relaxing effects. You will still be able to experience pain relief, but you won’t feel the same sedating effects.
This strain is perfect for evening use. If you want to find relief from your day or are experiencing anxiety, this strain type will calm your mind without making you exceptionally sleepy like a heavy indica. Think of a clear indica as the more functional of the two indica types.
A 50/50 Hybrid
A 50/50 hybrid, also known as an even hybrid, is a balanced combination of a sativa and an indica. Strains that fall into this category are all unique. While they may be an even hybrid, there are still certain characteristics of a sativa or indica that may be favored over other characteristics.
The main thing to remember about even hybrid strains is that they will differ based on patient preference. Many medical marijuana patients report that even hybrid strains are good for any time of day, and almost have an adaptogenic quality to them — if you are feeling tired, an even hybrid strain can energize you and balance out your energy levels.
Indica Dominant or Indica-forward hybrids are known to favor the indica qualities more than the sativa qualities in a hybrid strain. Medical marijuana patients tend to favor indica-dominant hybrids for night use, although there are some who need the full-body pain relief of an indica without the sedating effects.
An indica-dominant hybrid will feel more clear than a clear indica, mostly because it has some characteristics of a sativa. Like all hybrids, it truly depends on personal preference and what you need from your strain.
Sativa-dominant hybrids are going to be somewhere between a clear sativa strain and an even hybrid strain. The body effects with a sativa-dominant hybrid should be noticeable but not overwhelming. These strains are known to have cerebral or “heady” highs with some minor body highs.
For patients who are looking for an energy boost with moderate pain relief, a sativa-dominant hybrid is a perfect strain. If you need to stay awake, this strain type is a better alternative to an indica-dominant hybrid or an even strain.
In order to find out which strain works best for you, the best practice is to talk to an experienced medical marijuana dispensary budtender. These medical marijuana professionals have a wealth of knowledge that can help you find relief from your medical condition.
At Salveo Health & Wellness, we have a dedicated staff of professionals who are here to help you find the right solutions to your medical conditions. We have a large selection of medical marijuana and can help you discover your ideal strain type. For more information, visit our website today or call us at 309-204-3904 if you have any questions.