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Finding the Right Strains For You

There is something of a science behind choosing the right medical marijuana strain to help relieve your conditions or ailments. Many people find that specific cannabis strains work better for them than others based on factors like wellness needs and dosage times. Which strain should you explore if you’re diving in for the first time? When you visit a Medical Marijuana dispensary with your Florida medical cannabis card, you’re likely to see a mix of sativas, indicas, and hybrids behind the counter. Let’s explore the benefits and uses for popular cannabis strains…

What Is Sativa?

Sativa is considered to be the “energetic” cannabis strain. It’s often the go-to pick for people who are looking for more of a day-time dosage versus night-time. Sativa strains are often considered to be the “productivity” strain due to the way it can temporarily help with focus, clarity, and creativity.

Best Time of the Day to Take Sativas

Many people consider Sativa strains to be for daytime due to the fact that they often help people to feel energized and focused for taking on tasks. According to a 2018 study from Science Direct looking at the antidepressant-like effect induced by cannabidiol in relation to brain serotonin levels, researchers found evidence to suggest that sativas have the same effects on depression as medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Furthermore, Sativas are not considered to be sleep aids. While they do have a relaxing effect, the result is more of an anxiety-relieving, take-on-the-day feeling that doesn’t “zap” energy.

What Are Some Popular Sativas?

There are many sativas within this strain family to consider when shopping around with your medical marijuana card. Here’s a look at some of the popular ones:

  • Maui Waui
  • Dutch Hawaiian
  • White Buffalo
  • Super Silver Haze
  • Dream N’ Sour
  • Jack Herer
  • Sour Diesel
  • Durban Poison

What Is Indica?

Considered the “relaxation” strain, Indica is popular among people looking for calming properties and sleep assistance. This strain typically has a CBD-rich ratio versus THC.

Due to the way this strain helps with relaxation, many people also find that it’s effective for pain support. There is even evidence to suggest that indicas are effective for nausea relief.

In a 2011 study from the US National Library of Medicine looking at the regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids, researchers concluded that cannabinoid compounds show great results for managing nausea. The better outcomes for curbing nausea are believed to be related to this strain’s CBD-heavy skew balanced with moderate THC levels. The potential anti-nausea benefits of indicas also make these strains promising for people looking to boost their appetite.

Best Time of Day to Take Indicas

Due to the relaxing qualities of indicas, they are commonly taken in the evening in preparation for winding down to go to sleep.

What Are Some Popular Indicas?

Like sativas, indicas are strains within strains. Here’s a look at some popular ones:

  • Skywalker OG
  • Afghan Kush
  • Purple Sunset
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Northern Lights
  • Guru #10
  • Banana Hammock

What Are Hybrid Strains?

When shopping for hybrid strains, there are three options to choose from. These strains are typically categorized as Indica-dominant strains, Sativa-dominant strains, or balanced strains. In general, most hybrid-labeled strains that you’ll find out there skew toward having more THC. If you’re looking for something like a tincture 50/50 blend of CBD and THC, you’re seeking a balanced blend.

The Benefits of Hybrid Cannabis Strains

Hybrids are often grown to offer “the best of both worlds.” That means that farmers grow these strains for specific qualities that produce specific effects. This makes hybrids especially popular among people looking for cannabis products for medicinal purposes. The reason being is you’re able to get the full-spectrum medicinal benefits that derive from hybrid strains. 

The fact that there are so many highly specific strains to choose from allows people to enjoy tailored results. Here’s a look at some popular strains of hybrids:

  • Pineapple Express
  • Golden Goat
  • Trainwreck
  • Blue Dream
  • Orange Velvet
  • Cherry Mystery #3
  • Blue Sunshine
  • Big Love
  • Pink Cookies
  • Reggae Cowboy
  • Bubble Gum

Finding Your Perfect Cannabis Strain

When shopping for medical marijuana, it’s important to have an idea of what your goals are. Having a list of wellness goals when you visit a dispensary will help you to articulate the strain qualities you’re looking for when speaking with the employees behind the counter. These employees know exactly which strains are recommended for things like anxiety, mood, sleep issues, and more. They can also point you toward strains that are considered “entry-level” strains to help you gauge your tolerance levels. Once you pick a strain, you can also decide if you’d like edibles, tinctures, oils, and other products.