Medical marijuana can help with numerous ailments and is available in a wide variety of forms. We promise it gets easier to understand once you learn the basics!
The cannabis flower is where the good stuff comes from, and it has high concentrates of THC as well as a number of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are oils found in all plants that create the smell and taste of the bud. THC and some of the other cannabinoids all have their effects, but part of what makes marijuana so helpful for a wide variety of problems is when the flower with all the cannabinoids and terpenes are taken together.
There are four major classifications of medical marijuana
–Indica cannabis is known for its body high. Often times an indica will create an effect that can be felt throughout your body and tend to slow you down and relax you (sometimes referred to as “couch-lock”); they’re great for times when you aren’t planning on being super active. Indicas are great for pain (especially while sleeping), insomnia, lack of appetite, and stress.
–Sativa cannabis is known for its more engaging and active euphoria. Some people even feel more energetic after smoking sativas, as they tend to create an almost creative or motivated head high. Sativas are great for daytime pain, inflammation, and depression.
–Hybrid cannabis combines the effects of indicas and sativas to create a balance of body effect and euphoria. Many popular strains are hybrids, even if they might lean indica or sativa. Hybrids are good for pain, anxiety, lack of appetite, and nausea.
–High CBD cannabis or hemp plants are specially bred to take advantage of the CBD cannabinoid. CBDs are very effective at reducing pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms; and they tend to have a much lighter or barely detected high.
While particular effects can be different among these classifications, it’s helpful to experiment with medical marijuana to find out how they make you feel and how they might improve your condition. Even within indicas, there can be medical marijuana strains that are great for getting a deep and restful sleep while others might be better for helping with pain.