Medicinal cannabis can be used to treat a wide variety of common conditions. Generally, medicinal cannabis results in the user having a sense of greater physical and mental relaxation, pain reduction, increased appetite, and better sleep. More so, there are two main types of medicinal cannabis plants, and each offers a different set of benefits. Knowing the differences between the two categories is very important as it is gonna help you in finding the right strain for each patient and for recreational reasons as well.
The two well known types of cannabis plants are Indica and Sativa. Each strain has it’s own range of consequences on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. Indica strains generally provide a sense of deep body relaxation. Sativa strains tend to provide a more energizing experience.
Typically, cannabis Indica plants are short, bushy plants with wide leaves. Indica plants typically grow faster and have a higher produce than the sativa variety. Medicine produced from cannabis Indica plants have higher CBD and lower THC levels.
The major qualities of Indica medicinal strains include:
- increased mental relaxation
- muscle relaxation
- decreases nausea
- decreases acute pain
- increases appetite
- increases dopamine
- for night time use
Cannabis Sativa plants are direct opposites of the Indica strains and they grow tall and thin with narrow leaves. Sativa plants are also generally a lighter shade of greens than their counterpart. Sativa strains takes time to grow, mature, and require more light. Medicine produced from cannabis Sativa plants have lower CBD and higher THC levels.
The major qualities of Sativa medicinal strains include:
- treats chronic pain
- increases focus and creativity
- increases serotonin (a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep, anxiety and appetite)
- for day time use