There are many strains of cannabis on the market. So many in fact that even the largest cannabis dispensary may not have them all. Each strain serves a different purpose such as to improve energy, help with sleep, control anxiety, and even manage pain. To have the best experience with cannabis it’s important to understand how different strains affect the body.
Marijuana contains more than eighty known cannabinoids that have different effects on the body based on the concentration levels. This has helped cannabis gain popularity among the medical community as well as those looking for natural treatments for common ailments.
The most common strains are Sativa and Indica, but there are much more on the market. Sativa strains contain higher levels of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Strains dominated with Sativa are much more likely to promote energy and trigger the creative thinking process. This is the strain of choice for artists, writers, and musicians.
Sleep doesn’t come naturally for many people. This is the reason why cannabis is often used by the sleepless users in the marijuana community. Indica dominant strains are known for their sleep-inducing effects. This strain is often used to treat insomnia as well as sleep apnea. CBN or cannabinol is also known for promoting sleep.
Some components of cannabis contribute to pain management, for this reason, cannabis is popular among cancer patients. These strains work because of the levels of THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG. Pain comes in a variety of forms for thousands of people and often can’t be treated with painkillers. Prescription pain medications are also responsible for thousands of deaths a year. Yet no one has been killed from marijuana.
Strains of cannabis with low levels of THC have been proven to drastically lower anxiety levels. This factor makes cannabis popular among consumers who suffer from mental disabilities such as bipolar, PTSD, depression and anxiety attacks.
Cannabis can treat many other ailments, but this list is the most common medical uses for marijuana. Although it is not legal in every state, it is in some and many people who suffer from a chronic illness requiring prescription medications have chosen to move to these states to legally treat their illness with cannabis.