New to medical cannabis? Put your thinking caps on. There are things you need to know …
Strains, Sativa, Indica, Hybrid is just the beginning, so let’s begin. A great site is Leafly.com they have a lot of detailed information about all things cannabis. For our purposes here I’ll just give you the short and skinny.
Once upon a time there were just the two main types of Cannabis plants
known as “Cannabis Sativa” and “Cannabis Indica”. Mostly though when you go to your local dispensary you are going to choosing among hybrids.
- Some say Indica is more of a body effect and Sativa more a mind effect and as expected the Hybrid somewhere in between. The research doesn’t seem to bear this out, however individual users experience may vary.
- Cannabis classification more or less operates in the following categories:
- High-THC, low-CBD (more euphoric)
- High-CBD, low-THC (more clear-headed)
- Balanced CBD and THC (mildly euphoric)
Predicting Cannabis Strain Effects From THC and CBD Levels
If you are a medical patient seeking symptom relief, the THC:CBD ratio will strongly affect your experience.
The psychoactive effects of cannabis depend on THC’s ability to activate the CB1 receptor. The presence of CBD changes THC’s ability to activate CB1 receptors and laboratory studies in both animals and humans, which tells us that CBD can diminish some of THC’s effects (Figure 1). This is a big reason why a balanced strain like Harlequin or Cannatonic will hit you very differently from THC-dominant strains like Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, or Northern Lights.