When you are in the market for medical marijuana, choosing the right strain can be a little overwhelming. Each strain is unique and there are so many nuances and characteristics unique to them. It is inevitable that patients may have to do a bit of trial-and-error before they find what works best for their condition. There are many factors that influence the strain that you will benefit from most. Some of these include your specific medical ailment, your body chemistry, and your preferences. The first thing you should consider when choosing a strain of marijuana is how you want to feel after medicating, or which symptom you need relief from. This is a good initial step towards narrowing down your options.

To begin with, it is important to know the difference between the basic kinds of marijuana plants. There are Indica, Sativa and the Hybrid plants. Each of these strains have different effects on your body both mentally and physically. When you’re new kinds of marijuana, a good rule of thumb is to use Indica’s to slow you down, and Sativa’s to bring you up. Hybrids are any combination of the two and can be very useful. Knowing the levels of potency in marijuana’s THC will help you select the right strand as well.

INDICA Marijuana Strands

Indica tends to be the suspect responsible for stories your friends tell you that start with, “I got so high last night”. Indica tends to make you sleepy, and isn’t recommended for heavy use when you have a long to-do list. Indica has wonderful medical benefits and is often prescribed to to anyone suffering from insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, depression or nausea. Indica plants will have a higher CBD:THC ratio. CBD is the other cannabinoid produced in a marijuana plant and it isn’t psychoactive. CBD is making astounding breakthroughs for it’s role in relieving pain and reducing the severity of a whole manner of other ailments. The reason Indica is so effective for pain or anxiety is because of this property. Indicas are known for giving patients more of a relaxing high than an active and productive high.

SATIVAS Marijuana Strands

Sativa strains, on the other hand, are for people who need to add a little pep to their step. This strain is often prescribed to those who suffer from mental conditions like, ADHD and depression, loss of appetite or fibromyalgia, will benefit from sativa dominant strains. Sativa is great for enhancing creative energy and feeling generally happy and uplifted. Typically, this strain is ideal for those who like to be active after medicating. Sativa is THC dominant so it’s good to keep in mind that this tends to be a more psycho-active high. This means that you will still feel intoxicated but will likely experience a good amount of energy.

HYBRIDS Marijuana Strands

Hybrids have recently gained popularity in the medical marijuana community and new strains are popping up everywhere. Hybrids often offer the best of both worlds to patients that suffer from a variety of ailments. The are known for uplifting your mood and energy but also aiding in sleep when taken at the end of the day. You can find strains that are half THC and half CBD and strains that are more Indica dominant, or strains that are more sativa dominant. A lot of people find medicating with hybrid strains easier because of the spectrum of symptoms it treats. Someone needing pain management during the day, without the sedating effects of Indica will probably find a hybrid works the best for them.

Of course, with so many options available, it may still take some trial and error to find your perfect medication. What works best for someone else, might not work best for you.