TYPES of MEDICAL MARIJUANA in CALIFORNIA
Photo credit - The Many Types of Marijuana
In this article we explain the basics about the most common and popular Medical Marijuana strains - and answer the important questions most users should have:
- What you need to know about Marijuana to self medicate intelligently.
- What is the difference between strains?
- What are the top 10 Strains in California?
- How can I get legal access to Medical Marijuana?
Where did California Marijuana come from?
Marijuana or Cannabis is popularly thought to have originated in Central and South East Asia. From Asia, it is supposed that man spread the weed across the globe. California Marijuana strains contain genetics from literally every part of the world: Thailand, Mexico, Amsterdam, South America, Asia, India, you name it.
Focus - What Strain is best for me?
There are volumes to say about the different strains of Marijuana. Here we focus on the most basic medicinal qualities of each variety. .
There are four basic strain types of Medical Marijuana in California..
- Sativa -uplifting, creative
- Indica - sedating, relaxing
- Hybrid Sativa / Indica - balanced
- New and other - little or mild psychotic effects
Each type of Marijuana type has it's own general composition. Laboratory analysis has shown that Cannabis contains about 400 substances, each with their own properties. That is why different strains "hit" you differently. Obviously a strain described as uplifting might be combined with activity. While medicating with a strain that is sedating, obviously one should not be operating complex and large machinery.
Cannabis contains, in descending order of medicinal importance.
- Cannabinoids: THC of fame, CBD or recent fame and many others
- Terpenes which account for flowery and spicy aroma
- Essential Oils that contribute both to taste and smell
Most people focus on THC (psychoactive content) and CBD, the miracle working non-psychoactive ingredient. Different THC:CBD ratios have dramatically different psychological effects. Super high THC varieties, for example, can cause temporary psychosis, while high CBD strains don't get you high at all. In other words, one size definitely does not fit all. If you don't want to get too high or suffer from paranoia or anxiety - probably, definitely a strain with low THC and high CBD is best for you.
Today's strains result from both nature's ways and man's manipulation - cross and selective breeding. The end result; different strain each contain unique amounts of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, Essential oils and other interesting ingredients. The various ingredients that give each strain its character are colorfully described in their names; for example, Sour Diesel and Girl Scout Cookies.
“Marijuana saved my life. I have no doubts about it and you don’t need to show me any data.” Greg Scott
What makes the Science of Marijuana so exciting is that many of its components are known to have medical application. Through manipulation, literally thousands of different medicines can be created. There is a lot of research work to be done. For example, little is know at a clinical level about how a certain ratio of THC:CBD - and other Cannabinoids - work in a myriad of situations.
While the researchers do their thing, Medical Marijuana patients themselves can conduct their own research on different strains and Cannabis Medicines, noting the dosage and effect. Along the way, it would be good to heed Clinical MMJ study findings; more is not necessarily better.
"Estimates suggest that from 20 to 50 million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast, aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year." DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young
How to Choose a MMJ Strain
Reputable growers will have tested for the major ingredients, THC and CBD. It is highly that that your pot supplier tests for pesticide and herbicides as well.
Top growers provide a certificate of analysis that shows the Cannabinoid profile for every crop. You can get as smart as you want on this issue here.
Right now, a lot is known about THC and CBD as these are the most abundant components of California weed, so you want to pay special attention to those numbers. A side note is that other Cannabinoids are coming into play that make Marijuana as varied in scope as alcohol, shall it be wine, beer, vodka, jagerbomb, on to infinity..
“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.” Jack Herer, The original MMJ Guru
Sativa-dominant hybrid - California original
Noted for pain, depression, nausea, a high THC strain
2. Girl Scout Cookies
Descendent of OG Kush, Sativa dominant, euphoria and deeply relaxing physical effects
3. Sour Diesel
Sativa- cerebral uplifting
Stress reduction, happy mood, migraines & ADD/ADHD buster
5. Green Crack
25% Sativa 75% Indica - uplifting, creative calming
Sativa-dominant - uplifting, creative
7. Skywalker OG
Potent Indica-dominant hybrid - sedating, relaxing, enlightening
8. Bubba Kush
Indica strain - relaxing, euphoric
THC 20%+ : CBD 0.36%. approx
10. SFV OG
Sativa-dominant hybrid - uplifting, creative
-- Source: Leafy.com
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