Cannabis is more than THC and CBD. According to Dr. Regina Nelson of The eCS Therapy Center, there are over 18 different types of compounds in cannabis that help determine its effects. Don’t forget to download our quick reference guide to help get you started. Cannabis has hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes, so know these are the “bare bones” basics when it comes to learning how to target therapy. If you want to know what “strains” work for you, this is how to begin.
What strain do I need?
When you first walk in to a dispensary, patients are often overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. They generally ask the counter attendant, “What strain is good for me?”. The reality is, this attendant has no idea.
Generally, if you have pain they will point you to an “indica”, and if you need energy and uplifting effects, they recommend a “sativa”. What do the terms “indica’ and “sativa” mean?
“Indica” usually refers to a strain that produces a relaxing, sedative feeling. These strains often have higher amounts of myrcene and linalool.
The term “sativa” describes an uplifting and energetic effect. Often these strains are high in pinene and d-limonene.