Everyone is seemingly obsessed with what cannabis can offer these days, even those who have already dived deep into the world of marijuana.
But for beginners, crossing the bridge to Mary Jane can be a little daunting. So to help you transition into this new world, we’re going to dive into the basics of strain types.
Knowing the basics of strain types is an important first step for cannabis newbies. Being in the know of some of the many benefits that his magical herb can offer is also important.
So let’s dive in and take a look at both…
Marijuana Strain Types
Primarily, there are two major marijuana strain types; Indica and Sativa. Other than the differences in their genetic characteristics, they differ in their potential effects.
If you want more info, I recommend typing cannabis dispensary near me into Google so you can find and visit a local dispensary to chat with a budtender. Your local budtender will be more than happy to share his or her wealth of knowledge on strain types.
But before you head on over to the local dispensary, it’s best to be informed with a little knowledge so you’re not completely in the dark.
So without further ado, here’s a closer look into the major strain types…
Indica strains generally provide effects on the body more than the mind. This is precisely why such strains are usually used for relieving pain, muscle tension, relaxation. In short, these strains help people unwind. Doctors generally recommend these strains for nighttime use. Indica strains are also great for sick days when you’re stuck at home, and if you just want to veg out on the couch with a movie. These strains usually produce what stoners call “couch lock” due to their sedentary effects. When it comes to my own personal experience, I always reach for pure indica strains when I want to completely veg out on the couch for hours and tune out of this crazy world.
Contrary to Indica strains, Sativa strains generally impact the brain more and people view them as energy inducing or daytime strains. Sativa strains can help improve the energy levels, improve focus, and manage depression. Experts often recommend patients use these strains during the day. Sativa strains are great for creative endeavors and for physical activities such as hiking or working out. Artists also benefit tremendously from sativa strains due to the creativity inducing and euphoric effects. I personally love pure sativa strains for working out at the gym and swimming, hiking, or biking.
Finally, we have hybrid strains. Hybrid strains provide the best of both worlds. These are referred to as hybrid strains because they are mix or ‘hybrid’ of both indica and sativa strains. Hybrid strains are my personal favorite. To be a true hybrid, the plant would be a 50/50 mix. For example, Sour OG is a 50/50 experience and a lovely strain to boot. “Hybrids” which are heavier on one side of the spectrum are often referred to as an indica-dominant or sativa-dominant hybrids. For example, a strain that is 60% indica and 40% sativa would be an indica-dominant hybrid. Hybrids are the most common strains I smoke. I like 50/50’s like Sour OG but I generally go for 60/40 indica-domiant strains in the evening hours and 60/40 sativa-dominant strains during the day. Simply put, hybrid strains are the best of both worlds and they are awesome.
Major Marijuana Benefits
In addition to strain types, it’s important to know some of the benefits marijuana offers, especially if you are seeking out marijuana for medicinal purposes.
First off, the list of benefits that marijuana offers is seemingly limitless. From easing pain, lessening depression, to boosting creativity, it truly is a remarkable plant. Additionally, there are few cons with the plant. Unlike the typical pharma pill that has a laundry list of side effects, marijuana is very safe.
One major benefit of this herb is that it’s a great pain reliever. And while it might not be strong enough for some cases of severe pain, it is quite a good alternative to NSAIDS and opiates and it works very well. Many millions of users across the globe use it to help manage their pain. Arthritis patients simply love cannabis.
Many also use this as a medium to control issues related to GERD or ulcers. It is quite a fantastic muscle relaxant too, and it can even help minimize the frequency of tremors in Parkinson’s. Marijuana use can control epileptic seizure as well.
Women also use cannabis to help manage issues like PMS, endometriosis, and skin care problems. There is ongoing research that’s showing promising results when it comes to treating PTSD in patients even.
As I said, the list of benefits are nearly endless, and the proof is in the pudding. Marijuana is helping millions of people safely and easily manage a myriad of conditions, and you simply can’t deny that!
Understanding the basics of cannabis is the first step to using it for medicinal and recreational purposes. Start with strain types and know the benefits of cannabis as it will be pivotal for getting the most out of the plant.
Consult a medical marijuana doctor, experienced friend or local budtender to learn more about the complexities around marijuana if needed. That way, you can easily find the right tips to manage your condition and best enjoy the experience.
Hopefully this guide on strain types and the benefits of marijuana has been useful and you are now more knowledgeable than you were before. Happy toking!
Are you new to cannabis? Did you already start your journey into the world of Mary Jane? If you’re an experienced user, share some of your wisdom in the comments below…