Cannabis strains can be divided into four categories: Sativa, Indica, Hybrid and High CBD. Sativa & Indica strains originate from different geographic locations. They have distinct characteristics in appearance and growth cycle. More importantly, the two types of cannabis can have very different effects on the human body. Strains are bred to maximize/minimize specific traits and effects, and hybrid strains are created when genetics from both Sativas and Indicas are joined together.
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.