If you’ve done any research on medical marijuana or visited a dispensary in the state of California, you’ve probably noticed the overwhelming number of types of marijuana to choose from. If you are at a dispensary with good customer service, the employees can help guide you to a strain that is best suited for your specific ailment. However, it’s always good to have some knowledge prior to your dispensary visit. Here is a primer on different types of medical marijuana and some examples of strains for specific ailments.
Medical marijuana includes two different species called Sativa and Indica. Breeding and cross-breeding these plants results in marijuana that has different concentrations of CBD (the non psychoactive portion of marijuana) and THC (the psychoactive portion that gives you a ‘high’). In general, Indica strains are better for pain relief while Sativa tends to work better for relaxation. Finding the right combination of the two is usually the key to choosing an effective strain.
Here are some examples of specific strains and what they are best known for treating.
The Avidekel strain was created specifically for the medical marijuana market and comes from Israel, where recreational marijuana is not legal. This is a high-CBD Indica strain with a THC content of only 1% and a CBD content of 15-20 %. This is a strain great for nighttime use and is effective for pain relief and insomnia. Other strains that work well on these ailments are Northern Lights and Afghani #1.
Charlotte’s Web was named after a young girl with a rare form of epilepsy that caused hundreds of seizures a month. Charlotte had tried numerous pharmaceutical treatments without any relief before turning to medical marijuana. The strain she used is a special high-CBD strain with 20% CBD and less than 0.5% of THC. During her first week using Charlotte’s Web, her seizures dropped from double digits to only two. Those with seizure disorders have also found relief with White Widow, a combination of South Indian Indica and South American Sativa, and Green Crack which is known for its ability to help patients focus.
Girl Scout Cookies
High in THC (up to 24%), Girl Scout Cookies is favored by those suffering from intense pain from migraines, back injuries, or other chronic conditions. A Sativa-dominant hybrid, Girl Scout Cookies has an energizing as well as pain-reducing effect. Migraine sufferers also find relief with White Gold, Super Lemon Haze, and OG Kush, which is commonly available and has a powerful sedative effect.
One to One
With a unique 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, One to One is practical for a wide range of ailments but is especially effective for for those with muscle spasms. Providing consistent results, this is a good choice for those who cannot gain access to the pharmaceutical drug Sativex, which also has a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Those who suffer from debilitating muscle spasms also experience relief from White Widow, Black Domina, and Apollo 11.
A potent Indica strain, Afghan Kush has a THC content of 20% and is excellent for treating insomnia. This strain knocks out those who can’t sleep quickly and effectively, so it’s not a good choice for those who need to remain alert or awake for any reason. Those who have sleep disorders also use Northern Lights and Granddaddy Purple, which has high level of the sleep-inducing terpene myrcene.
It’s important to understand that Indica strains tend to induce sleepiness and relaxation while Sativa strains have more of an upper effect. You might also want to look for aged buds instead of fresh as they also tend to have more sedative properties.
If you suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, the 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC in the Harlequin strain might be right for you. Strains that have a high level of the limonene terpene are popular mood elevators, so Sativa strain Jack Herrer and hybrid Pineapple Express are also good choices.
Nausea can be debilitating, especially if it’s associated with chemotherapy treatments or an underlying disease. Medical marijuana has long been known as an effective medicine for nausea that features few of the negative side effects that traditional prescription medications have. Durban Poison, with its high THC content of 25%, is well-known for knocking out nausea while producing a euphoric high. Dutch Haze, Kandy Kush, and OG Kush, the perfect strain for evening use and widely used by those suffering from diseases that cause nausea and vomiting.
Cannabinoid receptors in the eye react well with both THC and CBD to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with glaucoma as well as reducing eye pressure. Maui Waui is currently the most common strain used for those with glaucoma. Developed out of volcanic soil, this Sativa strain is good for those who have not yet tried medical marijuana as it has mild euphoric effects while still alleviating symptoms. Indica strain Pluto and hybrid Headband are also good choices for those who want a relaxing effect paired with the pain-killing and pressure-reduction.
Researchers have discovered that medical marijuana is especially effective in treating numerous types of arthritis. THC and CBD reduce inflammation and pain by activating CB2 receptor pathways. Medical marijuana is also a powerful antioxidant and neuroprotectant. The low THC and high CBD content of Cannatonic produces a mellow high that those with arthritis. The Indica strain Purple Kush and hybrid Big Bud are also good choices for those with muscle and joint pain.
Medical marijuana, including the strains above, is legal in the state of California with a state-issued ID card. The ID card allows you to visit any dispensary in the state and legally purchase your medical marijuana. It also permits you to grow your own medical marijuana for personal use. Fortunately, getting a medical marijuana ID card is as easy as visiting a legitimate online medical marijuana doctor and consulting with one of their board-licensed physicians. If you have questions about obtaining your ID card or how medical marijuana can treat your specific ailment, please contact us.