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What is Medical Grade Marijuana?

Users of medical marijuana are hoping to achieve specific medical benefits from the use of marijuana, so it stands to reason that most medical marijuana users insist upon medical grade marijuana, whether they grow it at home or obtain it from a medical marijuana caregiver. While cannabis is a weed and easily grown in many climates, medical grade marijuana comes from only two strains: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. These strains, unlike various other strains favored by some recreational users, produce marijuana potent enough to provide medical benefits.


How Medical Grade Marijuana Is Grown?

Just acquiring seeds from the correct marijuana strain won't necessarily result in the production of medical grade marijuana. Expert medical marijuana caregivers and medical marijuana patients learn to grow medical grade marijuana by carefully controlling light, temperature, water, and more. It is not unusual for individuals growing medical grade marijuana to spend large sums of money on hydroponic systems for gardening, as well as special lights designed to promote the growth of plants.

Like any type of gardening, growing medical grade marijuana is an art and a science. There are over 60 cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant, with the most prevalent and well-understood being Tetrohydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN). Different cannabinoids provide different benefits to patients. In addition, the interaction of these cannabinoids with one another may provide substantially more benefit than would one or two cannabinoids alone. While the sativa strain contains more THC, indica contains more CBD, meaning the two strains of medical grade marijuana each treat particular conditions better than they do others.


Which Strain of Medical Grade Marijuana Is Right for Me?

THC is the best-known and most studied cannabinoid, and appears to have analgesic and neuroprotective effects. Sativa, with its higher THC content, is much more potent in its psychoactive effects. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the "high" experienced by marijuana users. Patients experiencing nausea, pain, depression, and migraine headaches may wish to choose the sativa strain of medical grade marijuana, in order to experience the benefits associated with high levels of THC.

CBD, by comparison, produces a more sedative and calming effect. CBD alone is not psychoactive, but it may help to moderate the effects of high levels of THC. Marijuana users who smoke marijuana with a high CBD/THC ratio have been found to experience schizophrenia-like symptoms less frequently. CBD's effects are ideal for people with conditions that cause muscle spasms, spasticity, anxiety, nausea, pain, and inflammation. Medical marijuana patients with these conditions may wish to explore the use of the indica strain of medical marijuana.

Every patient is different. If you're not sure what strain of medical grade marjiuana is right for you, work with your medical marijuana caregiver and medical marijuana doctor to experiment with the two available medical grade marijuana strains until you discover the strain and dosage that are most beneficial to you.


Getting Medical Grade Marijuana

Depending upon your state's medical marijuana laws, you should be able to either attempt to grow medical grade marijuana at home, or engage a medical marijuana caregiver to provide you with medical grade marijuana. Please research the relevant medical marijuana laws for your state, county, and city, and make sure you've done everything necessary to use medical marijuana legally before engaging in any transaction involving marijuana.

Disclaimer:This text is for informative purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from a physician. Always consult your doctor before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.