Cannabis is used for a number of medicinal and recreational purposes. Figuring out what type of cannabis product is right for you, really depends on what you wish to get out of it.
Medicinally, Cannabis is used to treat many medical conditions and symptoms. It is effective in treating nausea, menstrual cramps, loss of appetite, pain, anxiety, insomnia, inflammation and even muscle spasms.
Recreationally, people have many different reasons for choosing to use cannabis, but some commonly reported reasons are for relaxation, stress relief, and to generally feel better.
Cannabis is the most commonly used mind-altering substance, after alcohol. However, unlike alcohol, its downsides are slim.
Whether your desired use is for medicinal or recreational purposes, we are going to give you some information to help guide you on your cannabis journey.
What you need to know
The two main types of cannabis are Sativa and Indica. At times, you may also come across hybrid strains which are a combination of the two.
Sativas are known for their “head high”, providing an energizing effect that has been known to help reduce anxiety and stress, and increase creativity and focus.
On the other hand, Indicas are known for its “full body” effect, such as increasing relaxation and reducing insomnia.
Cannabis plants contain chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in the marijuana plant that are responsible for producing many of the effects of cannabis use.
The two main cannabinoids identified are THC & CBD.
THC is the main psychoactive element of cannabis that is responsible for giving those who smoke it, a “high” effect.
CBD on the other hand, does not cause a “high”. It is non-impairing and non-euphoric and is most commonly used for its medicinal purposes, producing many physical benefits such as reduced pain and nausea, minimized migraines, and can even help prevent seizers.
When purchasing cannabis products, you will want to consider the THC to CBD to find the type, that is right for you. These are:
- Type 1: High THC – for the euphoric effect
- Type 2: THC/CBD combined – for both the euphoric effect and medicinal qualities
- Type 3: High CBD – for medicinal purposes only, minus the “high”
Sativas often have lower doses of CBD and higher doses of THC. Because it’s considered more stimulating and energizing, Sativa can be used in the daytime. If you use sativa-dominant strains, you may feel productive and creative, not relaxed and lethargic.
Indicas often have higher levels of CBD, but the THC content isn’t necessarily less. Because it is producing a body stone, helping to induce sleep and reduce pain, it is sought after for its relaxing effect and is better consumed at night.
What to consider
Know what you want to achieve: Narrow down your options by knowing what you are trying to treat or feel. Consult with your in-person or online dispensary about your intentions with your cannabis use, whether you are wanting to increase your energy, reduce anxiety or treat insomnia.
Consider your medical history: Even though cannabis is a natural product, its effect can be quite intense. Before you consume, you need to consider possible interactions with current medications. Do your research and talk to a healthcare professional about the benefits and risks.
Choose a consumption method: Smoking & vaping are popular consumption methods that have almost an immediate effect, but can irritate your lungs with prolonged use. Edibles (gummies, chocolates, chewables, etc.) may be easier to tolerate, but the effects may take longer and can be more potent, making it harder to gage consumption amounts.
Know your tolerance: There are strains that are considered “entry level” with mild effects. Start small and work your way up to find your sweet spot.
No matter what route you go, Cannabis effects everyone differently. Take things step by step, do your research, talk to your dispensary and/or healthcare provider and consider all potential effects both positive and negative to help you find something to suit your needs.
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Disclaimer: The above information is in no way medical advice. We always recommend you speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have around cannabis use and its effects