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Cannabis, you may be aware that there are many strains out there like Sativa, Indica, and hybrid. But how do you know what is the right strain for you?

Or the benefits of each strain? We will be talking about what each strain is and what the benefits/side effects are to better suit your needs.

Sativa

The Sativa strain is known for its uplifting cerebral effects making you feel awake. They make you feel ready to start your day. The Sativa strain does have many mental health benefits. From helping relieve, depression, headaches, ADHD, anxiety (quieting the mind from mind chatter) and much more. Sativa can be similar to drinking a cup of coffee or green tea. It is perfect for early mornings as it won’t make you feel like you need to take a nap giving you more of an energizing feeling. There are many yummy flavors to choose from like strawberry, Maui Waui, and Jack Herer just to name a few. If you are looking for a pick me up, Sativa strains are what you would want.

Indica

The Indica strain is known for its relaxation and physical benefits. Indica compared to Sativa, is more of a body high than a head high giving you more of a sedated feeling. Indica’s health benefits are more extensive than Sativa but here it is,
increased mental relaxation, muscle relaxation, decreases nausea, decreases acute pain, increases appetite, increases dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers) for night time use.

So as you can see the Indica strain can help in many ways and this strain is the most commonly used for medicinal purposes. The popular strains you may see are Grand Daddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Northern lights and Grape Ape (my personal favorite). Whatever the flavor they all carry the same effects although some are stronger than others. Be sure to ask your local budtender for which one is best suited for you.

Hybrids

Hybrids are different from Indica and Sativa because hybrids are crossed with both strains which bring great balance. Some flavors may have more Indica or Sativa strains which means it carries certain dominant characteristics. What does that mean for you? Well, it really all depends on your preference of what you want more of and how you react to hybrid strains.

Hybrids are very favorable amongst both Sativa and Indica because of it having both of the benefits of those strains and for it is tolerable for the majority of the day. For example, say that you suffer from anxiety but you also suffer from lower back pain, hybrids would be perfect because it will target both symptoms at the same time. All of the benefits that we have gone over applies to hybrids as well. Some of the popular strains are Blue Dream, OG Kush, and Pineapple Express. So if you’re looking for a bit of both world when it comes to Sativa and Indica you should check out hybrids.

The final verdict…

In conclusion, cannabis is a very potent and beneficial alternative in its healing properties than taking over the counter or prescription medication. It has many medicinal properties one shouldn’t ignore when dealing with a mental or physical health issue. Whatever strain you choose to consume it will definitely help with what your needs when you need it the most, we should all thank mother earth for providing us with such a beautiful plant.

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