A strain is the variety of plant within a species. Strains define a specific cannabinoid profile: the mixture of THC, CBD and other elements within it. Each strain has its own physical characteristics, or phenotypes, such as height, leaf structure and color. Depending on the strain and its corresponding cannabinoid profile, the plant will deliver varying effects and possible benefits. Strains can be pure Sativas, Indicas or a hybrid of the two.
Sativa strains are invigorating and provide cerebral effects including euphoria and increased energy. They may help patients with symptoms such as fatigue, depression or mood disorders.
Possible benefits include:
- Uplifting euphoric effect
- Mental clarity
- Increased focus
- Increased energy
Indicas provide more sedative and relaxing effects along with deep body relaxation. These strains may be helpful for patients suffering from symptoms such as insomnia, pain, nausea or anxiety.
Possible benefits include:
- Soothing body euphoric effect
- Enhanced focus
- Appetite stimulation
Hybrids blend the phenotypes of Indica and Sativa, and the presence of THC and CBD will fall along a spectrum between Sativa and Indica. Hybrids may help those dealing with Cancer, depression, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. Possible effects are reduced inflammation, nausea relief, pain relief, digestion regulation, stress and anxiety reduction and lessening of fatigue.
These strains lead with the euphoric effects of a Sativa but also have some of the relaxing properties of an Indica, and may be helpful in alleviating symptoms associated with epilepsy, movement disorders and rheumatoid arthritis. Possible effects include pain relief, seizure relief, anxiety relief, inhibition of involuntary muscle movement and increased energy and elevation of mood.
A hybrid that is more Indica-dominant provides a more relaxing effect with the exhilarating attributes of Sativa and may be helpful in alleviating symptoms associated with cancer, chronic pain, depression, inflammatory diseases, neuropathy, Hepatitis C, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. Possible effects include the relief of nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulation, fatigue reduction, pain relief, seizure reduction, digestion regulation, depression relief, insomnia relief, muscle stiffness and spasm reduction and stress reduction.
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