Currently, 23 U.S. states have adopted legislation that allows for their residents to legally use marijuana as an alternative, non-addictive form of medicine to alleviate their illnesses and ailments. As a result, more Americans than ever before in history have access to this type of medicine — and with more states on the path to legalization, this trend will only continue in the near future.
So if you’re considering asking your doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation that would help you treat your health condition, it’s important to know which strain of medical marijuana would be best for your unique needs.
And there’s actually much more to medical marijuana strains than you may think — and there is certainly no one size fits all treatment for patients who use marijuana as medicine. To find out which medical marijuana strains would treat your illness best, here’s a quick guide:
Indica strains are known for their calming, relaxing effects on patients. These strains are best for patients looking to fix sleep-related issues and for alleviating chronic pain. They also reduce nausea and boost appetite, making them ideal for cancer patients who wish to reduce their chemotherapy side-effects. Because heavy Indica strains can induce heavy drowsiness, it’s best to use this medical marijuana in the evening and never before driving.
Medical marijuana strains exist on more of a spectrum than in separate categories, with Indica and Sativa being the two extreme ends of the spectrum. For patients who want a more level-headed effect, a hybrid strain that mixes characteristics of Indica and Sativa might be ideal. With even hybrids, patients will be able to treat their illnesses without feeling too drowsy or too active.
Sativa strains are associated with stimulated activity, increased focus and an uplifting in mood, which is why these strains are perfect for patients looking to treat their depression and anxiety with the help of medical marijuana. Sativa strains are considered to be “head strains,” as they primarily impact the mind and have a cerebral effect.
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