Different strains of marijuana contain different amounts of the various cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Choosing a strain with the right cannabinoid profile is critical for selecting a product the will potentially treat the specific symptoms a patient is experiencing.

The two main subspecies of cannabis are Sativa and Indica. Each one is generally associated with a different set of effects, which means they’re often recommended separately in order to treat different types of symptoms or conditions. However, there are also hybrid strains as well as the hotly debated Ruderalis strain, which offer patients the ability to more precisely target their particular symptoms.

PLEASE NOTE: Cannabis affects each person differently. The following strain attributes represent the average effects experienced by most patients, but there is no guaranteed set of side effects that will occur 100% of the time from cannabis consumption. The only way to truly understand how a given strain or product will affect you is by trying them in controlled amounts and recording individual reactions or results.

Sativa


  • Tall with long, thin leaves
  • Produce very potent buds with a high level of THC
  • More THC than CBD
  • Energetic high
  • Used to treat depression, migraines, chronic fatigue, appetite stimulation, nausea
  • Pure Sativa can cause panic attacks, making hybrids a safer option
  • Mental clarity
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Indica


  • Shorter plants, bushier leaves
  • Thought to produce more CBD than sativa. We have not seen a correlation.
  • Drowsy effect; feeling of serenity
  • Treats anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, tremors, chronic pain
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Hybrids


  • Combining effects of Sativa and Indica can lead to targeted products.
  • Sativa-dominant hybrids: Head high with relaxing body feel
  • 50-50 hybrids: Balance of the two strains, providing a balanced approach
  • Indica-dominant hybrids: full-body pain relief, with a head high effect. Best for insomnia relief
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Ruderalis


  • New strain, with developing research
  • Lower THC levels
  • High amounts of CBD

What’s in a name? Nature vs Nurture: Genetics provide potential. Growers maximize it.