Indica or Sativa? Why Do Medical Cannabis Strains Matter?

Indica and Sativa are the two species of the cannabis plant that are most commonly grown for medical use. The primary difference between the strains (other than differences in plant size and appearance) is the amount of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in each. While both strains contain CBD and THC, Indica typically has a higher ratio of CBD to THC and tends to deliver a more calming and relaxing effect for patients. Sativa typically has a higher ratio of THC to CBD and tends to provide a more invigorating and uplifting effect. 
 

CBD and THC share many of the same medical benefits and can provide relief from several of the same conditions. CBD is known to help treat circumstances like pain, nausea, migraines, depression, anxiety, and seizures, with the added side effect of relaxation. THC helps with muscle spasticity, glaucoma, insomnia, and low appetite, among others, with a euphoric side effect. 

Medicine That Works For Your Condition 

Terpenes, molecules responsible for the flavor and scent profiles in cannabis, blend with CBD and THC to create the various valued effects of our plant-based medicines. At First State Compassion (FSC), we cultivate our own cannabis strains, creating hybrids that combine the most beneficial effects of the Indica and Sativa strains into one new plant. We have also created customized hybrid cultivars with specific CBD-to-THC ratios to treat the pain and discomfort our patients experience from their qualifying medical conditions. Deciding which medicine option to select may seem overwhelming, but our patient advisors help customers understand which hybrid strain works best for their qualifying conditions. 

For instance, Indica-dominant hybrids such as Blackcherry Punch and Eron Almog can help patients with anxiety, inflammation, pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sativa-dominant hybrids such as First State Fuel and Sour Peach Cobbler help patients with depression, appetite stimulation, nausea, neurological disorders, and spasms. 

Once you have your medical marijuana card, visit one of our First State Compassion locations, where our friendly patient orientation specialists will greet and register you. You will then walk through a basic orientation with our patient engagement and educations specialists, who will happily answer any questions you may have. After the orientation has concluded, a patient advisor will suggest the treatments that are right for you. 

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