Marijuana holds a wide range of marijuana effects, but it is important to understand that not every bud of marijuana is the same. The secret to marijuana’s effects lies in the resin, which is the icy-looking substance sprinkled all over the buds, and that resin changes between one strain of marijuana bud and another. There are two main species of marijuana – Indica and Sativa. Both of these species are grown in different ways and are able to flourish with the existence of different conditions. That is why each of these species of cannabis plants is able to cause widely different effects than the other. The cannabis buds you would find anywhere would be out of one of these types: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids which are mixes of the first two types.
The first difference you should realize between both species of cannabis is the difference in physical appearance. Whereas Indica strains have a dark green color with broader leaves, Sativa strains are light green and their leaves are distinctively thinner, with a short and dense plant structure. The second core difference between both strains is the degrees by which each strain carries the various cannabinoids. First off, you need to be aware what cannabinoids are. Cannabinoids are basically the chemical compounds in marijuana that create its effect through reacting with certain brain receptors in the brain that are found in each of the brain sections responsible for memories, movement, and thoughts. The most important cannabinoids that cannabis contains are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), and these are the ones we are concerned about here. Sativa buds are very high on THC, and very low on CBD, whereas Indica strains are fairly high on CBD, and relatively low on THC. Hybrid buds try to capture the best of both strains.
So what differences in effect do these variations mean?
First off, strains that are high on THC tend to make you more sedated and relaxed, while the ones containing higher levels of CBD give you a more uplifted and energetic feeling. In general, Indica strains are deemed the ones that provide strong “body effects,” while Sativa strains are the ones with “mind effects.” That makes Indica strains better for purposes of pain relief, as it serves as a strong analgesic and is best to be taken at night because it would make you feel sleepy and leave you with some sort of body buzz. That is why it recommended for conditions like cancer, arthritis, and even insomnia. Sativa strains, on the other hand, are better for conditions of psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., since as we mentioned before they give you an uplift and make your body much more energetic. That effect makes Sativa strains perfectly fine to be used during the day.
When you try to acquire marijuana at dispensaries or by any other means, you will find that they tend to carry some colorful names which make them harder to identify in terms of their strains. However, in dispensaries, you will find that the type of strains is stated on the container. We compiled here the names of some medical marijuana strains, and we will list them according to the conditions they are most fit for: