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With the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use sweeping the United States, the amount of people looking into using cannabis to alleviate stress and medical ailments has skyrocketed.

Unfortunately, many new smokers are neither familiar with which strains of Mary Jane are best for certain brains. Most budtenders at your local dispensary can explain in detail what each type of weed does, but it’s best to get familiar before you walk in the door.

Here are different types of marijuana, their affects, and how they’ll make you feel. 

Sativa or Indica

The first decision you will have to make is whether you want a Sativa or an Indica. Sativas usually produces a stimulating effect. Smoking Sativas are known to increase focus, cause excitement, euphoria and mental stimulation. Many smokers feel Sativas produce more of a head high, which is why this strain is thought to be better for smoking during the day. 

Indicas on the other hand has much denser buds that typically help you relax and feel sedated.  It also is known for stimulating appetite. Since it produces more of a body high, it is thought to be better for smoking in the evenings and nighttime.

There are aso hybrids which are varying blends of both strains although they usually will favor one strains characteristics. 

CBD and THC

The next thing to consider is the levels of CBD and THC in a strain of bud. CBD is what gives marijuana its health benefits. It doesn’t produce a high but higher CBD levels means it’s better for medicinal purposes. 

THC is what causes smokers to feel high and causes an assortment of effects to the body. It is great for treating pain as well. Some strains of bud have THC levels well over 20%.

Other Considerations

There are a variety of cannabinoids that cause effects which produce specific reactions in the body. You also may want to consider the terpenes found in the herb. This is what gives your favorite marijuana that distinctive taste some strains of bud get their name from. These cannabinoids all produce unique effects on the body and you may want strains featuring a high percentage of a specific cannabinoid.

Match The Ailment And Bud

Once you have a better idea of the different strains of bud, you need to find out what works best for whatever ailments or medical needs you have. The following are some of the most common ailments smoking marijuana can help with.

  • Anxiety – Treating anxiety with cannabis can be a difficult proposition. Some Sativa strains with high THC levels can actually increase anxiety and cause paranoia in some people. It would be better to just smoke Indica strains rather than risk any adverse effects from a strong Sativa.
  • Chronic Pain – One of the best qualities most strains of marijuana possess is strong pain relief. Most any strain that has a high THC and CBD content will work wonders on pain.  A strong Sativa might be better if you have to work all day, while an Indica can be perfect for unwinding and letting the pain fade at the end of the day.
  • Depression – Treating depression with cannabis is similar to treating anxiety in that some strains are much more effective than others. Typically the elevating high of a good Sativa will work wonders if depression is an issue.
  • Epilepsy and Seizures – Cannabis has been very successful in helping people with epilepsy and seizures. Now that cannabis is accepted as having medicinal value there has been a big increase into research on marijuana and seizures. Many high CBD strains really can make a difference to people with epilepsy.

Marijuana has numerous medical benefits that can help ease many people’s suffering. Knowing the primary details of the different strains’ properties will give you a basic sense of what to look for at your local dispensary. Pick out a few choices, and ask your local budtender to help you make your final selection. Then go back and choose the ones you skipped on!

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