Cannabis has been used as a medicinal tool for thousands years. Many people use it to treat various health conditions. As legalization of cannabis increases in more states and countries, so has the use of marijuana. With all the different strains out there, it can be confusing to decide which one is right.
If you’re looking to use cannabis for medical purposes, it is crucial to choose the right strain. Here’s how to choose the best strain of cannabis for medicinal use.
Know the Differences between Indica, Sativa, Hybrid and Hybrid Strains
The three most common types of cannabis are Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. Sativas are known for their stimulating and energizing properties, making them perfect for daytime use. Indica strains, however, are best for nighttime usage because of their relaxing effects and calming nature. Hybrids are hybrids that combine Indica and Sativa varieties. They can have different effects depending on the strain.
Understanding the differences is key to choosing the right strain for you.
The Cannabinoid Profile
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found within cannabis plants. They are responsible to the therapeutic effects of cannabis. THC (the most commonly known cannabinoid) and CBD (the CBD). THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, is the most popular. CBD, however, has no psychoactive effects and is widely known for its healing properties.
Different strains contain different levels cannabinoids. Therefore, it is essential to carefully consider each strain’s cannabinoid profile before choosing one for medical usage. High CBD strains, for example, are highly recommended for epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety, or other conditions.
Consider Terpene Profiles
Terpenes can be described as aromatic compounds that are found in cannabis plants. They give each strain its own unique flavor and scent. They have therapeutic properties that can affect the effects of the strain. Some terpenes, for example, have anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties. Others have antianxiety, anti-depressant, or both.
The therapeutic benefits of a cannabis strain can be enhanced by choosing a strain that has the correct terpene profile. There are three terpenes that are commonly found in cannabis strains: limonene (myrcene) and linalool (linalool).
Consult with a qualified medical professional
Consult a physician before using cannabis to treat medical conditions. They will be able to help you choose the best strain and determine if cannabis can be used as a treatment for your condition.
You may also seek the advice of a physician to help you choose the most effective method, dosage, or frequency of strain consumption to maximize therapeutic benefits.
To sum it all, selecting the right cannabis strain to use for medical purposes requires careful consideration of many factors such as the type of marijuana strain, cannabinoid profile and terpene profiles, as well consultation with a physician. By considering these factors, you can select the best cannabis strain for you and reap the therapeutic benefits.
Laura McQueen is a writer for MJGreenNews.com.
She has been writing for different cannabis websites and publications since 2018.