Cannabis 101


Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Mature cannabis plants contain several different organic chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies to create a variety of effects. Each strain of cannabis has a different cannabinoid profile. Sanctuary Medicinals produces a variety of strains to ensure that each individual can find a product that suits their needs. Although cannabis contains multiple cannabinoids, the two most well-known are cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).


CBD is another well-known cannabinoid. It has gained attention for its medicinal benefits but provides little to no “high.” Sanctuary Medicinals offers a myriad of CBD products in varying strengths. 


This was the first cannabinoid identified. The therapeutic effects of THC have been well documented as a result. THC is known to produce the “high” effect associated with cannabis.


A strain is a genetic variant of cannabis. Most strains can be divided into two categories: Sativa and Indica, which originate from different geographic locations and have distinct characteristics in appearance and growth cycle. More importantly, the two types of cannabis can have very different effects on the human body. Several hybrid strains are created through cross-breeding when genetics from both Sativas and Indicas are joined together. These strains are bred to maximize/minimize specific traits and effects.


Sativa strains tend to provide uplifting and energizing effects that are good for daytime use. Patients seeking medicine that offers pain relief and encourages physical activity, increased energy, and creativity may prefer Sativa strains. Sativas can also help alleviate anxiety and depression, promoting a sense of well-being.


Indica strains are known for relaxing the body and mind. Indica strains are helpful for patients looking to manage pain, insomnia, anxiety, and stress – especially in the evenings. Indica strains also help relieve intraocular pressure. The full-body sedating effects of Indicas are best for those with chronic pain and issues with sleep. These strains are also effective in stimulating appetite and reducing nausea.


Hybrid strains are crossbred strains of cannabis that have genetics from both sativa and indica strains. Their traits depend on what is inherited from parent strains. Hybrid strains are generally categorized as Sativa-dominant, Indica-dominant, or balanced (50/50) Hybrid.


High-CBD strains are reported to be helpful in treating a number of conditions while producing little to no psychoactive effects. These strains can be Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid. Strains are specifically bred for High-CBD content, therefore maximizing medicinal benefits. CBD may be helpful in treating pain, inflammation, and anxiety.

Cannabis Effects

Everyone has different experiences using cannabis. There are a number of factors that impact the effect you feel including:

  • Dosage (amount used) 
  • Strain or type of cannabis
  • Environment/setting
  • Method of use
  • Mood or mindset
  • Experience/History of cannabis use
  • Cannabinoid benefits

Choosing the Right Strain for You

Speak with our team to learn about our strains, understand their different effects, and find the medicine that may be best for your needs.