When jumping into the world of medicinal cannabis, the amount of choice you have can be daunting – indica, sativa, hybrids – which do you choose? Although having such a wide range of options sounds like a good thing, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed saying “there’s so much choice and I have no idea where to begin!”
Luckily for you, we’re here to shed a little light on the subject.
Cannabis can be broken down into two main types: indica and sativa. While both are derived from the cannabis plant, the two types produce a variety of strains, all with different sensations.
Originally documented in 1785 by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the Cannabis Indica plant can be identified by its short, wide profile. The leaves themselves are large and broad, producing generally heavy and fragrant flowers, or “buds”, which typically take 6-9 weeks to flower.
Due to the high levels of CBD and CBN found in most indica strains, the affect provided is a “stoned”, producing a body-buzz, or “couch-locked” feeling. This makes indicas great for treating insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain, as they tend to allow you to turn your brain off, making it easier to relax, and get to sleep.
Common strains: Northern Lights, Purple Kush, White Rhino, Critical Mass
Originating in warmer equatorial climates, such as south-east Asia and central America, sativas were first classified as such by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The plant is described as being tall and narrow, growing up to 18ft tall. With long, slender leaves, producing sweet smelling buds, sativa plants typically take 10-16 weeks to flower.
Sativas produce THCV which on its own is not psychoactive, but when mixed with THC produces an energetic “high” feeling, blocking the memory impairment cause by THC. These properties allow users to feel lifted, more energetic and clearer, and have been known to treat depression, fatigue, and mood disorders. Due to these factors, sativas are known for being at the heart of creativity and are better suited for daytime use.
Common strains: Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Green Crack, Lemon Haze
Hybrid cannabis strains can provide the best of both indicas and sativas. Taking properties from the parent plants they were created from, hybrids can be indica or sativa dominant, and thus, can have a wide range of CBD:THC ratio. Due to strains being cross-bred, hybrid strains can be used for a wide range of medicinal purposes.
Common strains: OG Kush, White Widow, AK-47, Pineapple Express
With the veritable cornucopia of both indica and sativa strains out there, not to mention the on-going hybrid strain creations, the choices available are plenty. Whether you’re looking for that relaxing, mellow experience that indicas provide, that uplifting, energetic feeling that sativas give, or somewhere in-between that a hybrid can provide, finding which strains work for you is important.
Luckily, the fine folks at Cannabis Supply Co. can help you figure out which strains are best for your needs.