Cannabis use is on the rise in North America. A 2018 study notes that, while cannabis use among teens has decreased, American adults are increasingly using cannabis on the daily, and as a Canadian who’s just watched it go legal here, I’m sure the same is true North of the border as it is for our US friends.
According to Forbes, the global cannabis industry is estimated to be worth $7.7 billion. It’s projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021.
The industry is booming in part because cannabis can be a versatile form of medication. A number of research studies have found that cannabis has the potential to help with a variety of medical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, and epilepsy.
However, There are hundreds of different strains of marijuana. For medicinal users, determining the best one for their particular ailment can be daunting. Using marijuana for medicinal purposes is a proven and certified method of medicating. The NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse lists medical reasons for cannabis. The chemicals within various strains can help take away pain, nausea, stress, anxiety etc. But the nagging question becomes which strains are best suited to your specific medical needs.
So many Strains!
After receiving a diagnosis for a particular illness, you may start to plan a wellness guide and that wellness guide includes trying out medical marijuana to help alleviate pain caused by the condition. So, you head to your doctor, (or use the NamasteMD App, telemedicine is the future you know!) with your plan in mind and you discuss your options. Your Doctor may agree that using marijuana is good for pain management and agree to give you a medical marijuana card and advise you in the most effective strains to help with your condition.
Going into a dispensary can be overwhelming, with tons of names and strains it’s a tough place to explore in if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. It’s tempting to go for cooler names strains but you need to stay on point. Of course, experiment with different strains – you do you – but, we recommend considering the kind of experience you hope to receive from your cannabis journey.
Indica, Hybrid or Sativa – Find it on the Spectrum
Firstly, everything has a spectrum; even you’re on one, buddy and weed strains have one too! On one end, there are Indica strains that are relaxing and create a sense of euphoria. On the other end, there is Sativa which creates alertness and increases energy. Depending on your preferred experience with cannabis you choose a strain on where it falls on the said spectrum. There are more than 80 known cannabinoids that affect different parts of the mind and body. Different strains can induce different results. To choose the best strain for you, you should understand carefully how strains impact you.
Sativa strains tend to contain higher levels of THC – the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. Sativa heavy strains are more likely to promote energy and creative thinking. Some Sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Golden Goat and Casey Jones.
Indica-dominant strains are more likely to promote feelings of sleepiness and relaxation. Therefore, strains with more Indica cause the predictable sleepy sensation, which can be used to help conditions like sleep apnea and insomnia. If you’re struggling with sleep-related conditions, another avenue to check out strains high in CBN, cannabinol.
Strains that will promote sleepiness are Bc God Bud, Bubba Kush and Granddaddy Purple; all known for their full-body highs and sweet, fruity flavour.
There are many components that contribute to cannabis’ healing effects! For example, THC has shown to significantly reduce the pain in cancer patients. But it isn’t just THC that promotes pain management, CBD plays a huge role in pain management. CBD works in conjunction with THC to relieve pain and restore tissue. Strains that can help as effective pain management drugs are White Widow, Northern Lights and Chemdawg.
If you’re looking to ease that anxiety a bit and calm the brain strains like Fire Alien OG and 303 OG are some of my personal faves to alleviate that burdensome imbalance in my brain! Strains rich in each of the components are great for relaxing your brain when it seems like it going into overdrive.
Start a Cannabis Journal
You may wonder why then need for a journal? Remember these words: The faintest pen makes for a better memory than the sharpest brain? Having a cannabis journal will allow you to monitor the effects different strains have on you. By noting how you feel after using a particular strain and continuously adding to your journal, you will soon build up a complete database on the effects particular strains have on your well-being. Uppy is a fantastic cannabis journaling App that precisely records anything and everything to do with your medical cannabis intake. You can find cannabis nearby – check dispensary menus.
Whatever the problem, be it nervousness or weight loss, there is a strain for you! You may Chat to your budtender. You’ll get there!