Learn All About Different Strains of Cannabis

Finding hard to select right strain for you between two different strains of cannabis, then this article will help you to make a better choice.

Cannabis is a plant that grows in a wide array of strains, varieties, and types. The marijuana community discovered 779 strains of cannabis till yet, and the research is still going on to explore more. These strains provide better and more efficient way for treatment of any medical condition. Hundred of strains are used by growers to experiment with a hybrid combination which has lead to the development of much better strains of cannabis with different compound ratios and different growth rate. Increase in a number of strains of marijuana will provide more options to treat MMJ patients in a better way, because of the difference in the percentage of THC and CBD, which helps doctors to prescribe a more accurate medication to target the main symptoms of the condition.

Broadly speaking there are two different strains of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Hybrids the third strain has been created by using the two strains. Both the strains have their own uniqueness in terms of THC and CBD content due to their genetic differences.

Indica strains are used at night as they are physically sedating, perfect for relaxing while the sativa are taken during the daytime as it provides more stimulating and elevating cerebral effects.

Cannabis sativa

How to recognize the plant?

Cannabis strains mostly grow up to the height of 15 feet and even longer. The leaves are usually thin, long, narrow and soft with no markings on its surface. Due to the extended flowering period, the plant is best suited for outdoor cultivation.

Chemical Constituents of Sativa.

Cannabis sativa is rich in cannabinoids with more THC than CBD. The high THC is responsible for the plant’s behavioral and psychotropic effects. The plant is also rich in non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabigerol (CBG). It also contains other constituents that belong to diverse classes of natural products.

When and Why to consume cannabis sativa?

The richness of the plant with the natural products has increased its demand for both medicinal and recreational use. However, due to high THC content, the plant has less therapeutic use as compared to recreational but is still found to be useful in Ayurvedic medicine. Among its few medicinal purposes some of the health problems treated by its use are:

  • Depression
  • Mood disorder
  • Anxiety

The high THC content in it acts as an energy booster and hence taken during the day. The THC content in it gives the uplifting effect and helps in bringing out the creative side. It increases the power to concentrate and makes one, love their work.

How to consume it?

The sativa strain is commonly consumed in a vaporized form.

However, the dried leaves of cannabis sativa can also be cooked and consumed.

Side effects of Cannabis Sativa?

Sativa acts as an energy booster and gives one the feeling of high but sometimes is found to be responsible for panic attacks, paranoia, and anxiety.

Cannabis indica

How to recognize the plant?

Cannabis indica is a strong strain but has not much height. It usually grows up to the height of 3 to 6 feet with round and healthy leaves. Due to its short height, it can be chosen for indoor cultivation. Its flowering can be adjusted by adjusting the light cycle.

Chemical Constituents of Indica

Like sativa, indica plant is also rich in cannabinoids but has more CBD content in it, unlike Sativa.

When and Why to consume cannabis sativa?

Cannabis indica is rich in CBD and therefore has a sedating and soothing medical affliction. They are used as analgesics. Its effect is relaxing and therefore is preferred at night.

The high CBD in it has made it more useful medically. The strain is used to provide relief to the one who is suffering from chronic pain, spasms, anxiety, appetite problems, chronic pain, insomnia and more.

So if you want to feel relaxed both physically and mentally than indica makes a better fit than sativa.

 Side effects of Indica

Consuming the indica strain is not other than taking a sleeping pill. Although it has high sedating effects still can sometimes cause depression and make you feel unmotivated.

The different facts about the two common strains of cannabis will help you to choose the best for consumption as well as for its cultivation.