Comparing the Different Types of Cannabis

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Just as with any other species, plants come in different classifications that help further segment their qualities and distinctive make-ups. Cannabis is no exception, and typically marijuana can be classified into 3 different species, and each tends to have different applications, both recreationally and medicinally. There are also a variety of strains within each species like OG Kush that is further explained by Zamnesia. It’s particularly important to know the specific strain you will be growing so that you can have a successful harvest.

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If you’re wondering which type of cannabis will best meet your needs or just looking for a little more information on the general way strains of marijuana differ from each other, and you can find a simple breakdown of the general classifications below.

The History of Marijuana Types
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French biologist, was one of the first people to create a separate distinction for marijuana. He identified Cannabis Indica in the late 1700s after noticing that the plants intoxicated consumers, as opposed to the hemp being grown in Europe at the time. Hemp was known as a therapeutic remedy at the time and used quite often in Western medicine, so to Lamarck, it was important to distinguish the intoxicating strain of cannabis from the hemp strain used for medicinal purposes at the time.

Marijuana Type 1: Cannabis Sativa
Sativa is usually the type of cannabis strain that most people prefer to smoke. It tends to grow very large, reaching up to 15 feet high in some cases. It’s usually found in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Mexico, and Colombia, and it’s dried, cooked, and consumed for recreational purposes.

Cannabis Sativa is known for having a high ratio of THC to CBN, which makes this strain beneficial for creative purposes. Typically it raises energy and tends to inspire new ideas in the users. Artists and intellectuals might enjoy this strain, as it could induce a brain wave. It’s less likely to be used for medicinal purposes, but it can still be used to combat the symptoms of depression, ADHD, fatigue, or mood disorders, depending on the person.

Marijuana Type 2: Cannabis Indica
Cannabis Indica grows much lower than Cannabis Sativa. It typically tops out at around 3-6 feet tall and can be found naturally in countries such as Nepal, Lebanon, Morocco, and Afghanistan. This strain is known for being a sedative more than anything else. In fact, it has such a high concentration of cannabinol that it can produce a much more intense high than other strains, which is why it is the preferred strain for those seeking intoxication.

Beyond its recreational use, this strain can be used to treat symptoms such as insomnia, pain, tight muscles or muscle spasms, anxiety, or headaches.

Marijuana Type 3: Cannabis Ruderalis
This is one of the lesser-known cannabis strains. It’s usually found in northern regions and only grows to be 20-25 inches or so. It’s a quite mild strain of cannabis and isn’t known for providing a compelling high. It tends to be used to create cannabis hybrids and provides an additional source of genetic material for those creating more specialized strains of cannabis.

Hybrid Marijuana Types
Scientists have been working for years to mix and cultivate various marijuana strains to create a spectrum of cannabis experiences. This allows for specialized strains to be used for medicinal purposes, as well as different experiences for the more discerning cannabis enthusiast. In order to create these hybrids, growers will manipulate the CBD and THC levels in their cannabis by combining different strains.

CBD & THC
CBD and THC are the main cannabinoids, the active chemicals in marijuana, and by manipulating these levels, growers are able to manufacture different experiences. The effects of CBD & THC that are felt differently, with THC giving a ‘high’ feeling as opposed to CBD.

THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol, which provides the psychoactive effects of marijuana within the brain. CBD is cannabidiol, which is more medicinal and affects the entire body.

It’s the endless combination and tweaking of these chemicals that provide an infinite number of possibilities for growers and users alike. Scientists will be able to manipulate these plants and the chemicals involved to address the needs of patients and those who enjoy the effects of cannabis will be able to try new strains to get the optimal high they are looking for. As medical and recreational cannabis alike become more accessible, there will be more freedom for licensed professionals to experiment with these plants, and in turn, we will likely find that there will be even more potential benefits to these drugs than we could have imagined.

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