Marijuana is renowned and esteemed for the plethora of benefits it offers, especially when used to treat medical conditions. The fact that marijuana has a variety of properties that can effectively treat various conditions is not newfound – in fact, marijuana has been used and recognized for these medicinal properties for well over decades now.

However, there are several different types of medical marijuana. Each form, flavor or strand serves a different purpose – to help you relax, to make you feel upbeat, down to earth, etc. Thus, it’s crucial for one to have a basic understanding of the different types of marijuana and what their specialty really is.

Categories of Marijuana

The plant of marijuana falls into two main categories: Indica and Sativa. Both of these species not only differ in quality, but also in appearance and the process of their growth. Indica marijuana plant is recognized most by its stubby height, wide leaves, and dense branches. Sativa, on the other hand, is known mainly by its tall body, narrow leaves and thin branches. The temperature needed for either marijuana plants also differs, with Indica being a better indoor plant since Sativa tends to grow upwards and can grow up to 20 feet.

Additionally, the two species of cannabis also vary in the effect on consumers:

Indica Marijuana Plant

A large number of people use Indica marijuana strains to induce a sense of relief and relaxation – one of the best properties that the marijuana plant is renowned for. Upon consumption, Indica has a soothing effect and many consumers have reported experiencing a tranquil ‘body buzz’. It is preferred for use during nocturnal hours due to the sedative-like sensation it brings about. Thus, it is commonly prescribed to patients suffering from chronic pain or insomnia.

Sativa Marijuana Plant

Contrary to its counterpart, Sativa marijuana is consumed more because it induces energy and makes the consumer feel uplifted. The feeling is often described to be cerebral, hallucinogenic and spacey. It is best and more preferred to use Sativa during the day. Sativa is most commonly prescribed for patients who might be experiencing fatigue, depression or anxiety due to its elevating nature.

But Wait! That’s Not the Only Difference

Although the two main categories of marijuana are Sativa and Indica, the real difference lies in the strain and the procedure as well. There are many different kinds of strains of marijuana in each species of the medicinal plant. These strains each work in different ways and contain different quantities of THC and CBD – the two things that put the medicine in marijuana. Here are some popular strains:

  • Amnesia Haze
  • Lemon Haze
  • Cannatonic
  • Jack Herer
  • Raspberry Cough
  • Green Candy
  • Purple Trainwreck
  • Sour Diesel

As aforementioned, all strains produce different effects and different results. This is why when used to treat medical conditions or diseases, it’s crucial for the doctor and the patient to have a clear understanding of the type they’re about to consume and what the potential or probable effects will be.