What is cannabis?

Cannabis is a plant that has been cultivated for nearly 12,000 years and has been used for medicinal and industrial purposes with an extensive history worldwide.

The cannabis plant has two main species, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Those words may sound familiar because we’ve adapted them to articulate energy specificity on the traditional market, but they more accurately describe hemp or Cannabis Sativa and high THC chemovars, Cannabis Indica.

Cannabis Sativa is what’s legal under the Farm Bill and is most commonly referred to as hemp. Hemp is normally used for its strong fiber for rope, textiles, clothing, paper,even biofuel. Hemp has more CBD (cannabidiol) and low delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis Indica, on the other hand, is high in THC and is what’s commonly found on the shelves of most dispensaries. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive component found in cannabis that produces the classic “high”.

Our products are grown in a highly regulated environment that is fully compliant with the state requirements to produce the best quality product for your condition. Please visit any of our locations for a one-on-one consultation with our physician or cannabis expert to find the right product combination for you.

What product is suitable for my condition?

Cannabis is a dynamic plant with different cannabinoids and terpenes interacting with our endocannabinoid system. The active components can vary significantly with the amount of CBD and THC in each product.

Understanding the benefits of different medical marijuana products isn’t as difficult as it may seem. The key is to identify what issues you’re trying to lessen and understand how diverse product ranges and strain classifications can affect various conditions. This guide can help you better understand which products have the potential to help with your condition, coupled with a one-on-one consultation with our physician or cannabis experts.

1. Indica
Cannabis Indica, taxonomically, is high THC chemovars. However, Indica has become synonymous with a more sedative experience. Typically, terpenes like Linalool,Beta-Caryophyllene and Myrcene are thought to be found in more relaxing strains. Ideal for:

  • Nausea
  • pain-Relief
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Insomnia

Indica leaning cultivars include Northern Lights, OG Kush, Blueberry Kush, Bubba Kush, and GDP.

2. Sativa:
Cannabis Sativa, taxonomically, is hemp and tends to be high in CBD. The reality is that the term, much like the term Indica, has come to represent the energy specificity of the strain. Traditionally, Sativas are thought to be bright, euphoric, and elevating with terpenes like Limonene and Pinene.

Sativa strains can make one feel energized, uplifted, and focused. Sativas are often perfect for social settings with strains like Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, Harlequin, and Super Silver Haze.

3. Hybrid:
Much like Indica, meaning more relaxed, and Sativa meaning more uplifting, hybrids are synonymous with a more balanced experience. These strains can present even keeled nuances that aren’t overly energetic and won’t put you to sleep. Due to the complex and relative nature of hybrids, terpenes are wide-ranging including Humulene, Eucalyptol, and Nerolidol.

Great for any time used to enhance any activity. Strains to look out for are SFC OG,Banana OG, Royal Kush, Birthday Cake, Gelato #33, and Blue Dream.

Considering each strain’s benefits, you can then start to hone in on the type of product that will ultimately work best for you – tinctures, edibles, flower, vapes, topicals, etc. Each product will modulate your endocannabinoid system, but it depends on the ratio, consumption type, dose, and individual body responses— check in with our patient consultants to narrow down our vast selection to find the perfect product for you.

THC vs CBD

THC and CBD are both cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common molecule in cannabis responsible for producing the classic cannabis high and feelings of euphoria. THC is a phytocannabinoid that interacts within our endocannabinoid system to help relieve symptoms associated with a myriad of conditions.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Cancer
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Dystonia

CBD is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid found in cannabis, which doesn’t produce the traditional feeling of “high” many associate with THC. CBD interacts naturally with our endocannabinoid system as a partial agonist to CB1 and CB2 receptors by stimulating serotonergic receptors.

CBD has the ability to be used for:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anti-Anxiety properties
  • Anticonvulsant effects