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The Medicinal Effects of Sativa & Indica For Baltimore Residents To Be Aware Of

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As numbers of Maryland residents using medical marijuana continue to grow, it is worth highlighting the fact that many people still do not understand the reasoning, the process, and the benefits it brings. With the continuously increasing numbers in major cities like Baltimore, It would do well to research the topic a little more to show more appreciation of what many patients are going through daily to improve their quality of life while living with specific conditions and disorders. 

The Sativa Strain

Mostly considered daytime strains due to the effects they give off, the Sativa strain can reverse fatigue first thing in the morning or at the end of a working day. Typically associated with uplifting and energetic responses, the Sativa strain can make you a lot more productive, boost creativity and think functionally because of the significantly improved mental focus. This means that it could be worth exploring the possibility of personalized cannabis consultations to determine what works for you.

Sativa Buds

  • Less Dense than Indica buds
  • Often appear red or orange in color
  • Looser & Lighter than indica
  • Long, Wispy bud, fluffy

The Indica Strain

In contrast, the Indica strain is known as ‘couch-lock due to its relaxing tendencies leaving many users unable to move from the sofa as they are so chilled out. Its sedating and relaxing effects are synonymous with night use as it is common to fall asleep after use. They are also muscle relaxants and can act as a therapeutic alternative for sore and aching muscles as the strain loosens them severely.

Indica buds

  • Short & more compact than Sativa
  • Heavy, dense & tightly packed
  • Often feature purple coloring


Hybrid strains, although they contain a mixture of different strains, are more dominant in one each time. With this in mind, let’s look closer at what this can mean for each. 

Sativa-dominant: Typically used to relax and unwind both physically and mentally, these hybrids usually provide a stimulating head high that matches perfectly with a relaxing body feeling.

Balanced: Providing an all-over effect that affects both mind and body, these hybrids represent an even, 50/50 balance of Sativa and Indica,

Indica-dominant: With a mild mental effect that won’t necessarily put you to sleep, these hybrids generally provide a strong body high with a sedated feeling

The Influence Of Terpenes

Extensive studies have indicated that terpenes can modify the effect of THC on your body. They can significantly impact a strains’ potency and can modify how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier. Their influence is believed to be able to reach as far as to regulate dopamine and serotonin, the neurotransmitters in your brain.

Terpenes are organic, aromatic compounds found in oils of all flowers, including cannabis. Naturally produced to attract beneficial insects and repel predators, terpenes emit strong smells and flavor and change based on various growing conditions. Terpenes are secreted alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD and are responsible for many of the distinguishing characteristics of different strains.

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