Marijuana is the dried flower and leaves of the famous hemp plant known as Cannabis. This plant is famous for being widely used to treat many health problems for centuries, then becoming illegal all over the world for decades, to finally and consistently becoming legal again in different countries and states. That first onset of illegality and the falsifications surrounding it has led to many people being confused about marijuana and now that marijuana is starting to become legal all over, there is even more confusion about this magical plant and its medicinal uses. Any confusion can easily be cleared up with a small amount of research online. Marijuana research shows that the marijuana plant has and always had numerous health benefits with the amazing ability to treat a wide range of illnesses, diseases, aches, and pains.
A marijuana strain is simply the genetics of a particular species of the marijuana plant. Though marijuana seeds can create many different strains of cannabis, there are only two major strains that are basically parents to the many other marijuana strains. Those two well-known strains are called indica and sativa. Indica and sativa can also be genetically combined to create a third strain that is known as a hybrid marijuana strain.
Though indica and sativa are both a strain of the marijuana plant and both provide many great benefits, they actually treat different ailments and have different and specific effects on your mind and body starting with the amount of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidol) content present in each of these strains. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in marijuana and out of all those compounds, THC and CBD are the most well-known. THC and CBD are responsible for the benefits and effects of every single marijuana strain. Indica strains have lower THC levels and higher CBD levels while sativa strains are the exact opposite with lower CBD levels and higher THC levels.
Indica marijuana strains help the body to become very mellow and relaxed while creating a calming and carefree feeling. Therefore, it is best to use this type of marijuana at designated times of rest and relaxation. Indica marijuana strains are mainly used to treat sleeping disorders and pain while providing relief for things like migraines, anxiety, seizures, and multiple sclerosis.
Sativa marijuana strains stimulate and uplift your mind while helping you to focus and feel happy. The psychoactive properties in this marijuana strain create positive energy that causes you to be more productive. Along with providing energy and high euphoric feelings, sativa can also cause you to be more sociable, cheerful, alert, and creative. Sativa marijuana strains are mainly used to treat fatigue and mood disorders while helping to fix creative blocks and lack of attention.
Hybrid marijuana strains are created by interbreeding sativa and indica together. This is done to enhance the overall benefits present of marijuana. The most common type of marijuana strains that exists now are hybrid marijuana strains. There are hundreds of hybrid strains which means there are lots of different combinations of indica and sativa for sale that can provide a balanced treatment of many conditions.
Benefits of Sativa
Sativa marijuana was used as medicine way before modern science was developed and the potential benefits that are provided when you use this plant are much greater than any psychoactive properties that could result from using it. Back in the 1800s when cannabis was completely legal, sativa marijuana was prescribed to treat asthma, coughs, migraines, menstrual cramps, chronic pain, nausea, and even used in birth labor and to relieve withdrawal symptoms from opiate use. Now that marijuana is becoming legal in more and more places all the time, research has shown marijuana’s ability to treat many well-known diseases including:
- Glaucoma by lowering intraocular pressure.
- Cancer considering it has been proven that the components of sativa marijuana activate cannabinoids that are found in the immune system, regulating them to survive and relieve nausea and vomiting.
- Ear infection: Scientists have found that cannabis seed oil can treat ear diseases and earaches that are caused by cold and moisture.
- There is also research that shows marijuana has been useful in treating depression and infertility.
Marijuana is a plant with tried and true benefits that has been around for a very long time. No other plant has proven itself so well, slowly becoming completely legal in more and more places as research continues to show just how advantageous, helpful, and deserving of legality it truly is.