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Advice on When to Use Which Kind

April 20, 2016

Newcomers to can be easily confused by the many varieties of types, and the methods that can be used when it comes to consuming them. Although it’s only one species of plant in particular (Cannabis Sativa), marijuana comes in three distinct varieties: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica, which are common, and Cannabis Ruderalis, which is rare. There are many hybrid crosses between the Sativa and Indica varieties producing over 100 strains of cannabinoid plants. So much from which to choose can overwhelm anyone new to marijuana. Denver marijuana dispensaries can help customers select the best strains for their needs.

Not all marijuana is equal, and effects vary according to many factors, not the least of which is growing conditions, amount used, strain of cannabis, method of consumption, biochemistry, and the user’s overall health. According to Americans for Safe Access, the therapeutic effects differ by strain.

Sativas are primarily noted for:
  • Stimulating/energizing
  • Increased sense of well-being, focus, and creativity
  • Reduction in depression, elevation of mood
  • Relief of headaches, migraines, and nausea
  • Increase in appetite.
Indica strains are noted for the following effects:
  • Relaxation, reduction of stress
  • Relief of muscle spasms
  • Reduction of pain, inflammation, headaches, and migraines
  • As a sleep aid
  • Reduction in nausea, stimulation of appetite
  • Reduction of intraocular pressure
  • Reduction in frequency of seizures
The purpose for consumption--recreational or medical--determines the suitability of a particular strain, with Indica-dominant strains being preferred for medical use.

If the idea of smoking weed discourages use of a potentially helpful herb, then consider other methods of consumption. It’s important to remember that the effects of eaten cannabis may be more pronounced than other methods of consumption, but the effects may be delayed. Evidence of cannabis use may remain present in urine for months after a single use.

Topical application. Considered the safest method of application, rubbing in an ointment or lotion into the skin may relieve pain, but will not produce psychoactive effects.

Vaporizers. Considered the safest way to inhale cannabinoids because there is no smoke to clog up your lungs, vaporizers also mitigate that distinct fragrance of burning weed and deliver similar, nearly immediate effects as smoking.

Edibles. Effects of eaten cannabis may vary, but typically take effect later and last longer than ingestion through smoking or vaporizers. Careful experimentation is advised to determine the proper dosage and the product type that works best for you. Denver dispensaries advise beginning with no more than two drops of cannabis oil and gradually increasing dosage until the desired effect is achieved.

Because the effects of different varieties and strains and methods of application can vary significantly, it’s best to keep a detailed log of treatment. Record when you take, the amount you take, the strain, the type of product, percentage of active chemicals, method of consumption, effects good and bad, and how quickly you noticed the effects.

Like any natural product, changes in weather and plant variations affect the end product. Altitude Dispensary recommends that once you find what best suits your needs, you purchase consistently from that source to maintain consistency in quality and effectiveness. The best dispensary in Denver has three locations offering pure Indica and Sativa varieties, hybrids, edibles, drinks, extracts, and topicals. Call (303) 756-8888 for more information.