Ever more cannabis types are developed that have specific medicinal properties. Also more and more people discover the wholesome properties of marijuana and cannabis seeds. Many people who decide to use medicinal marijuana never used marijuana before, or never produced marijuana before. Most important for this new group of medicinal users is that complaints are reduced. Recreational, social use of marijuana is another approach than finding the most suitable type that can bring the solution to your specific complaints.
THC and CBD
Some basic knowledge about the differences between Indica and Sativa strains is necessary to make the right choice. Cannabis contains more than 85 identified cannabinoids. Most well-known and studied cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
High levels of CBD
The industrial hemp hardly contains any THC and contains high levels of CBD. This hemp is being used to extract CBD for the production of CBD oil or Golyoli. Marijuana strains that have been developed for recreational use, often contain high percentages of THC and little or no CBD at all. Medicinally selected and developed strains do contain a lot of CBD next to THC. Often with ratios of 1-to-1, for example 6% CBD and 6% THC, is often the case. But there are also strains with different THC / CBD ratios. CBD reduces the psychoactive effects of THC. In other words: you won't get so stoned on it. Furthermore, CBD is the most important medicinal cannabinoid we know.
The human body has its own endo-cannabinoid system, a discovery made in the 90s. This endo-cannabinoid system looks extremely similar to the phyto-cannabinoid system from cannabis. The endo-cannabinoid system produces the neurotransmitter Anandamine, which means 'bliss'. Cannabinoids from cannabis start to interact with the human Anandamine, which results in a physiological reaction. Just like a pain stimulus or a shock reaction. Dosage, timing and the ratio THC / CBD are important for the final effects of medical marijuana.
Cannabis Indica give a calm, relaxing and stoned effect. Because the muscle tension is reduced, the body feels heavy. Indica strains are very effective for Muscle pains and spasms such as with MS and Parkinson disease. Also for chronic pain symptoms, rheumatism, arthritis, sleep disorders, anxiety and mood complaints often Indica strains are chosen.
Cannabis Sativa strains provide a more 'high' effect, this can be felt both mentally as well as physically. Sativa strains are very effective against nausea, lack of appetite, headache, depression or pain symptoms. Sativa strains can relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and AIDS.
Sativa and Indica species have often been crossed to combine the best characteristics of both species. Most cannabis strains are hybrids, a part of that is Indica dominant and another part is Sativa dominant. This can give many advantages when both strains are suitable to relieve the symptom, such as with pain complaints.
Complaints and symptoms
During the day, other effects are often appreciated than in the night. The more high and cerebral effect of Sativa strains provides energy for during the day. In the evening, the relaxing effect of an Indica strain can help to provide relieve or to get asleep.
Indica or Sativa
The type of disease that causes the complaints is a good directive to choose between Indica and preferably a Sativa strain. After all, the symptoms that the user of medicinal marijuana wants to relieve, determines the choice of the most suitable strain. Do not forget that every person is different and unique, also the subjective experience can be different.
Cannabis strains with a high CBD content are normally more effective against pain and muscle spasms, such as in the case of Multiple Scleroses and the Parkinson disease. Cannabis strains with a lot of THC are normally preferred for diseases such as the Syndrome of Gilles de la Tourette and therapy resistant glaucoma. Complaints such as weight loss, nausea and vomiting can also be benefited by THC rich strains. For chronic nerve pains one often starts with CBD rich species. If pain reduction is unsatisfactorily, one can switch to a variety with a higher TCH or CBD content. The choice is very personal and obtained results by one person do not automatically mean that the same result can be obtained for your specific complaints.
Medicinal seeds with THC and CBD
Indica and Indica hybrids:
Shark Shock from CBD Crew
80% Indica and 20% Sativa
Use: to relax, for pain symptoms and sleep disorders, Shark Shock is mostly known about its calming effect.
CBD + Black Widow from Positronics
Use: against anxiety, mood complaints, tenseness and as painkiller. Is mostly valued because of its calming and painkilling properties.
CBD + Critical #47 from Positronics
CBD: 10 – 15%
Use: for tenseness, mood complaints, nausea, doubting and pain complaints. Gives a calming and at the same time euphoric effect that will make you relax right away. This strain is especially interesting because of the high THC and CBD levels.
CBD Kush from Dutch Passion
Indica 60% Sativa 40%
Use: The Indica genes just barely dominate in this strain, resulting in a mild body stoned effect. Gives a pleasant, limited high. Suitable for in the evening hours, for relaxation, pain symptoms and helps you to fall asleep.
CBD Skunk Haze from Dutch Passion
50% Indica and 50% Sativa
Use: Indica and Sativa genes in this strain are in balance. Because of the low THC content, the effect of this strain is mild, a pleasant gradual high. Ideal for nervousness or a paranoiac feeling of being chased. Gives a good relaxation.
Phatt Fruity from Barney's Farm
Use: Because of its high THC and low CBD content, this strain gives a heavy stoned effect. Suitable to relax in the evening hours, for pain symptoms and it helps to fall asleep.
Crimea Blue from Barney's Farm
Use: Another Indica dominant strain from Barney with an even higher THC and low CBD content. This variety mostly gives a long-lasting, mental high. Used to improve your appetite, against nausea, for relaxation and pain symptoms.
Sativa and Sativa dominant hybrids with THC and CBD:
CBD Yummi from CBD Crew
70% Sativa and 30% Indica
Use: A crossing from Yummi and G13 Haze. Both strains are known about their characteristics to relieve pain and properties that help to fall asleep. Flowering period: 9-10 weeks.
ComPassion from Dutch Passion
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
Use: A lot of THC and CBD, the ratio of this strain is 2-1. The flowering period is 8-9 weeks, which is short for a Sativa dominant strain. Gives a strong body stone, without paranoia and without a strong THC high. Helps to reduce doubting, improves functioning, relieves pain and improves your peace of mind.
CBD Medi-Haze from CBD Crew
Sativa 80% Indica 20%
Use: The ratio of this strain is usual 1 : twice more CBD than THC. Interesting strain when you look for a high CBD content and little THC. Improves the appetite, brings relaxation, against nausea and beneficial for pain symptoms. This Haze variety is ready to harvest after a flowering period of 9-10 weeks.
The furthering in the development of the first medicinal autoflowers only recently took place. There are only a few known strains that have proven its medicinal properties. Little Cheese autoflower from Barney has a high, though unknown CBD level. The strain is mostly known about its relaxing effects on the muscles and the improvement of one's mental rest.
Big Bang autoflower
The Big Bang autoflower is known through the medicinal use by Richard Burton. The effect is mostly calming, relaxing and pain relieving. Also for this strain it is not known how much CBD it exactly contains.
CBD rich autoflower
The first CBD rich autoflower strain of which cannabinoid levels are known, is an Indica dominant autoflower Med Gom 1.0 from CBD Crew / Grass O Matic:
THC: 5 – 10%
CBD: 6 – 15%
Use: Ideal strain to start with if you have no experience. Flowers automatically without adapting the light cycle. High THC and CBD levels are possible, depending on the cultivation conditions. Gives a relaxing, pain-relieving effect and helps to fall asleep.
Medicinal cannabis does not play a role yet in the healing of diseases or symptoms. Yet, it can relieve and prevent complaints. By using cannabis as a form of self-medication, it is possible that you can reduce other medication. Medicinal cannabis is often used when regular (normal) medication and treatments do not help sufficiently or come with too many side effects.
Always consult your doctor!
The information on this page about the use of cannabinoids (CBD) is meant to help people choose when they want to use cannabis as self-medication. Our explicit advice is to ALWAYS first consult your DOCTOR. We do not make any medical claims and the information on this page is not meant to diagnose, treat or heal a disease.