When you’re suffering from chronic pain, no matter what the source or condition, you want to find something that works well for you to help ease it.
For medical marijuana patients, sometimes learning about all the different strains can be somewhat overwhelming- people have been breeding strains more and more specialized for treating certain conditions, but a lot of the general rules still apply to strain selection. This is the start of a new bi-weekly series of posts intended to help you select strains most beneficial to you.
There are two major types of Cannabis strains- Indica and Sativa. Both serve different purposes. Indicas typically create a deep relaxation feeling in people, making them sleepy and helping to relieve pain. Sativas tend to be more uplifting and energetic. You can read more about their differences here. A lot of strains you’ll find will be a blend of the two to some ratio.
For chronic pain, the ideal medical strain would be Indica dominant. While this type of marijuana helps you relax, it’s also wonderful for pain relief. I would recommend this for night-time use as it can make one very sleepy, but if you intend to use it during the day, finding a strain with more Sativa bred in could mitigate the sleepiness, giving you pain relief while being able to stay awake during the day.
Indicas also have a somewhat “couch-lock” effect on people, so as previously stated, for daytime use, a strain with Sativa bred in but still Indica dominant is best. The most popular Indica strains currently include Kush, Northern Lights and White Widow. If you’d like to read up on more Indica strains, here’s a link to a search for them in a popular medical marijuana database, Leafly.
I hope this has helped! Let us know what you think.