If you’ve never bought marijuana online before, you may not know what you’re looking for. And even if you’re not shopping for the first time, you may be hoping to improve what you’ve been getting. Choosing the right strain is key to making the perfect choice.
When it comes to the medical benefits of marijuana, cannabinoids and terpenes are the two compounds in any strain of Cannabis that produce the effects you’re looking for. Cannabinoids are the compounds that do most of the heavy medical lifting, while terpenes modulate their effects. In fact, there are more than 80 cannabinoids that we know of already, even though you’ve probably only heard of one: THC.
Each cannabinoid like THC has a unique molecular structure that bonds within the human brain or body. Because there are so many different cannabinoids and so much possible interplay from strain to strain, it’s no simple task choosing the strain that’s perfect for you as you buy weed online. Here are some tips for getting it right—and remember to contact us or your known budtender with questions.
You can start from the basic Indica/Sativa distinction as you begin. Understand that all strains are part of a large spectrum of effects, but that overall the Indica strains will fall on the more sedating and relaxing end, while the Sativa strains will fall on the more energizing and mood-enhancing end. As you consider this spectrum, as yourself which end you’re hoping to fall on; if you really want some of both, then “hybrid” might be your answer.
Moving forward, consider your symptoms and needs in these categories in closer detail: pain management, anxiety, mood and energy, and sleep.
One of the most common reasons people use medical marijuana is to cope with pain. Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain from burns, cramps, fibromyalgia, headaches, inflammation, muscle soreness, neuropathic pain, spinal injury, and even cancer can be treated with medical marijuana. How successful you are with treating your pain depends on your condition, your physiology, and the types of medical marijuana you try.
Because different cannabinoids and terpenes bond with different parts of the body and brain, they “specialize” with different types of pain. Even so, each person’s pain management is different, so trying what works person for someone else with the same condition isn’t always a sure thing. Be ready to experiment and find the best combination for you.
Also, the right delivery system matters, and this is also very personal. Vaping and smoking are excellent for quick delivery of pain relieving compounds, but there are a full range of non-smoking methods including concentrate and consumption alternatives available to you.
So, what makes medical marijuana so effective against pain? There are multiple cannabinoids that fight pain in the human body. THC binds with the body’s pain receptors, which is why strains that contain THC are useful for cancer patients. CBD, another cannabinoid, reduces inflammation and pain, and does not produce an intoxicating effect. It does, however, work together with THC and other cannabinoids to restore tissue and fight pain.
Overall, pain management patients typically get the best results from strains that contain multiple pain-relieving cannabinoids. Look for strains with CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC to maximize your chances of staying pain-free. There are many strains that offer these cannabinoids, so you can achieve a more or less relaxing effect along with your pain relief depending on your goals.