A Beginner's Guide To Medicinal Marijuana Strains

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Patients new to medical marijuana will, most likely, not find their perfect medicinal strain on the first try. Most patients must titrate and experiment with their cannabinoids, frequency, and vehicle in order to discover the optimal dosing regimen. Still, you have to start somewhere, so where do you begin? This information is generalized and may not apply to everyone, but it offers a good starting point when choosing a strain for beginning your medical marijuana therapy. 

Strains high in CBD are often referred to in the general sense as indica, and it often helps patients feel more relaxed and calm. This property makes it especially helpful in treating sleep disorders like insomnia. High CBD strains are often used to treat cancer and HIV/AIDs patients, as it has been shown to reduce nausea and increase appetite. CBD strains also help to reduce the pain levels associated with many illnesses, and it has commonly been used to treat glaucoma. You may benefit from CBD strains if you need to relieve body pain, relax your muscles, relieve spasms, reduce seizures, relieve headaches and migraines, or reduce anxiety and stress. CBD strains have been used to treat epilepsy, gastrointestinal illnesses, anxiety, and multiple sclerosis.

Strains high in THC are referred to under the umbrella of sativa, and they are known for producing an uplifting and energetic mood, possibly due to the fact research has shown THC smokers are linked to increased levels of serotonin. That being said, THC by itself may not provide the pain relief necessary for a particular illness. You may benefit from THC strains by feeling happiness and pleasure, feeling energized, feeling focused or getting lost in deep thought, and fighting depression. THC strains have been helpful in treating ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, and anorexia.

This information has been brought to you by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.