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Marijuana's Variety: Understanding What They Are

Updated on September 7, 2017
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Kimberly is an 18-year-old jewelry artist, soap maker, and crocheter. She lives happily with her boyfriend in northern Minnesota.

What exactly is marijuana

First off before we begin talking about what different kinds of marijuana are out there lets talk about marijuana as a whole. This substance is very controversial right now as some states are beginning to legalize it either for medical or recreational use. Marijuana as a whole is a plant that is grown from the ground that contains several different chemicals in its makeup these chemicals include

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabichromene (CBC)

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCU)

Cannabinol (CBN)

Cannabigerol (CBG)

Each of these chemicals have effects on our body that is astounding and as we study it and learn more it blows our scientists away. Now different strains which are specific off springs of one form of cannabis be it indica, sativa, or ruderalis contain different trace amounts of these chemicals. This is what produces different highs when you consume different strains of marijuana.

Cannabis Sativa

The appearance of this plant is tall, lanky, and has serrated and narrow leaves. The buds tend to be spread far apart with a high resin content on them. The grow time of this plant is pretty long, about 8-14 weeks for flowering, and marijuana plants start to produce buds towards the end of their flowering time, though some will bud faster than others. The smell of sativa tents to be more fruity, or spicy.

The smoke produced from sativa tends to be smooth and easy on your throat. The taste is typically fruity, smooth, tangy, etc. These strains tend to be higher in TCH than CBD and CBN. This high is a very uplifting and stimulating high and great for daytime use. Often times it greatly increases peoples creativity and ability to focus which makes it a great study help.

Medically speaking this kind of marijuana is often used to treat mental disabilities and illnesses. One of the most common diseases this is used to treat is depression because of how uplifting it is and because it seems to directly influence the receiver in your brain that effect serotonin production. Another disability it is commonly used to treat is ADHD because it helps aid in being able to focus and retain attention.

Cannabis Indica

This plant tends to be short and bush like with the leaves appearing close together and buds being tightly packed. Their leaves are very thick and highly serrated, and the color of this plant tends to be very dark green. The grow time of this plant is very short, a mere 6-10 weeks making this plant one of the most common found on the street because of its small size and short flowering time.

The smell tends to be on the skunky side and the smoke is thick and often causes coughing. This high is very body orientated and can cause the 'couch lock' that people often associate with marijuana use. Because of this it is best to smoke at night before bed as it causes you to calm down and relax. The different strains of indica have higher levels of CBD and CBN and less THC.

Medically this kind of marijuana is often used to help with physical ailments. This is the marijuana often given to cancer patients because it stimulates appetite, lowers nausea, and reduces pain associated with chemotherapies. It also helps relieve chronic back pains and pains associated with many forms of arthritis. It is also commonly prescribed to help with sleep disorders such as insomnia.

Cannabis Ruderalis

This kind of marijuana produces effects that can range from sativa like, to indica like. This kind was found in Russia and growing in the Appalachian mountains. This strain is very easy to grow because of the harsh climates it originates from. Many plant breeders have been using ruderalis to splice with different plants. The reason is these plants have an auto flowering gene, so you don't need to separate males and females to get a good grow from them. This is preferable for many plant breeders because it makes growing much easier.

The smell of these plants varies greatly with whatever strain of ruderalis you are talking about, same with the kind of smoke that is produced. The effects also vary greatly between different strains of ruderalis. Sometimes you will get a more sativa like high, or a more indica high. This is because each different strain produces different amounts of the chemicals listed above which makes for different kinds of highs.

Medically speaking this kind of cannabis is used to treat anxiety disorders because it gives them the energy to do things but also calms down anxiety. It's also used for pain treatments and can be consumed during the day much easier than indica.

There is so much more

This is barely touching the surface of the varieties of marijuana. Each of these kinds have hundreds maybe thousands of different strains underneath them. If you go looking for marijuana and you say you want sativa there's going to be many choices to choose from. Some strains of marijuana are better for medical uses, and some strains are rarely used medically.

For people interested in marijuana make sure you view the laws in place in the area you live in.Some states are now legal for recreational use where others only allow medical use.

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