Understanding the Effects of Indica vs. Sativa

Photo Credit: High Times

Photo Credit: High Times

When it comes to using medical marijuana as part of your daily therapeutic regimen, we think cannabis strains can make all the difference. This is why we place such an importance on buying lab tested medical marijuana and documenting the exact cannabinoid content information when journaling on our app. Because there are countless varieties of brand names for strains, some of which have similar cannabinoid and terpene profiles, we like to distinguish strains based on their specific cannabinoid content. 

Many will categorize strains base on their broad sub-species, either THC-dominant indica and or CBD-dominant sativa. We at CannaBest Medical don't think these labels are specific enough, as changes in the specific percentages of CBD and THC ratios can produce significant differences. In addition to looking at the cannabinoid content of a strain, some doctors think terpene profiles play as important a role. Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, the president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, has been quoted saying "While cannabinoid ratios in most cannabis may be about the same, it is the terpene content which typically creates the different qualities that we have parsed as the difference between indicas and sativas for some time. It is highly likely that terpenes may very well alter the properties of cannabinoids. Standardized testing is essential to the advancement of this issue." So instead of using the names indica and sativa to refer to the specific effects you'll get from a strain, they should only be used to describe genetic lineage.

This information has been provided by High Times and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.