by Diana on 20/11/2014 | Uncategorized

How to choose a variety of cannabis

The most important decision when buying cannabis seeds is your choice of variety. Book lovers could compare it to the process of choosing a book, which is influenced by the type of reading you are looking for, on the references you might have obtained on a certain author, on the genre you like most, and naturally on your level of reading ability. Ignoring the differences between books and cannabis seeds, when choosing cannabis varieties, more or less the same thing occurs. The needs of each individual are different and depend, totally and absolutely, on what you require in regard to purpose, effect, feeling, flavour – and how you intend to grow it.. In this article, we will examine the factors to keep in mind when looking for varieties of cannabis for medicinal use.


The most important decision when buying cannabis seeds is your choice of variety. Book lovers could compare it to the process of choosing a book, which is influenced by the type of reading you are looking for, on the references you might have obtained on a certain author, on the genre you like most, and naturally on your level of reading ability. Ignoring the differences between books and cannabis seeds, when choosing cannabis varieties, more or less the same thing occurs. The needs of each individual are different and depend, totally and absolutely, on what you require in regard to purpose, effect, feeling, flavour – and how you intend to grow it.. In this article, we will examine the factors to keep in mind when looking for varieties of cannabis for medicinal use.

Varieties of Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Truth be told, when choosing cannabis for medicinal use, any existing variety can be used. However, there are some varieties that are more adequate than others for tackling specific conditions. Obviously, the initial step is to consult with a medical professional; in the first place to accurately determine whether cannabis can benefit the patient, and secondly, to determine the recommended dosage, the frequency of consumption and the method of administration.

How to choose a variety of cannabis - Sensi Seeds

It should never be forgotten that in general, cannabis has countless different qualities, effects, flavours and growth habits. The range of choices is so extremely broad that considering factors such as the environment, the climate, the limitations there might be when growing, your experience, and so on, will help you find the correct variety. By applying all these filters, you will be able to find the cannabis that best suits your needs. The important thing is to experiment and learn with every step of the way.

Cannabis Sativa L.

In scientific terms, all cannabis is Cannabis sativa L. In some ways, we can say that this is the oldest medicinally used plant in existence, with properties that have been applied for thousands of years.

There are two branches within Cannabis sativa L. – “Sativa” and “Indica” – each of which encompasses a number of varieties typified by the following characteristics.

The Sativa varieties come from equatorial regions, i.e. from Jamaica, Thailand, Mexico, etc. Roughly speaking, Sativas need more time to flower than Indicas and although Sativa buds are smaller, weigh less and are less dense than Indica buds, we should not allow ourselves to be put off by these traits. Sativa varieties produce the high, euphoria and energy that are sought after by a large portion of cannabis consumers.

The medicinal varieties that fall into the Sativa category have a high content of THC and a lower proportion of CBD. This means that they produce euphoric, stimulating, energizing effects. The sensation is extremely uplifting and is felt equally in the body and the mind. Thus, if the patient wishes to increase his or her appetite, fight migraines or relieve the effects of nausea (a common side effect of chemotherapy or by HIV/AIDS medication), the Sativa varieties are the most suitable. In addition, they may also ease chronic pain and be a great ally in the fight against depression.

We recommend experimenting with varieties such as Silver Haze #9 Feminized from Sensi Seeds, whose Haze effect sends the consumer on a journey through his or her own consciousness. This sensation increases rapidly and this effect is sought after by many patients. Moreover, its buds have a very pleasant smell and a flavour that lies between sweet and spicy.

 Cannabis Indica

The majority of Indica varieties are originally from South Asia and the Indian subcontinent, encompassing  Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Tibet. Unlike Sativas, Indica buds are heavier, denser and have a stronger smell. Their flowering period is short and the harvested buds produce an extremely relaxing effect on the consumer. Keep in mind that if the quality is unknown before the Indica strain is consumed, drowsiness and the intense sensation of relaxation may catch the user off-guard.

Many patients are looking for a more bodily experience. For them, Indicas are highly recommended as they are able to greatly intensify the user’s senses.

How to choose a variety of cannabis - Sensi Seeds

Medicinal Indica varieties have high proportions of CBD as well as THC. CBD acts as a relaxant, thus creating a lulling, sedated feeling – tranquilizing even – that is extremely effective against all types of ailments having to do with muscle spasms and convulsions. This can give patients with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, rheumatism, arthritis, and similar conditions the calm and rest they so long for. Indicas are even ideal for treating problems such as insomnia and anxiety, as they calm, ease and soften the secondary effects of these types of ailments. A 100% Indica variety, such as Hindu Kush from Sensi Seeds, is capable of producing a complete state of calm that is invaluable to the user.

Hybrids

As strains from the different ends of the cannabis spectrum may not work for everyone, hybrids are an option that should not be ignored. They feature different aspects from both types of cannabis and fit perfectly with the needs of patients who neither desire alert excitement nor extreme calm.

If we take a variety which is mainly Indica and we breed in some Sativa genes, what we will obtain is a new variety with the relaxing advantages of Indica, but with a touch of the cerebral clarity of Sativa. If the reverse happens, and we take a variety which is mainly Sativa and cross it with an Indica based strain, this will help reduce the overexcitement that can be produced by a pure Sativa.

Some hybrids are a mix of Indica and Ruderalis, providing the patient with varieties that contain high quantities of CBD and hardly any THC. These are especially recommended for people who suffer pain and are not interested in any psychedelic or narcotic effects. Rather, they prefer to benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis without the mind-altering “side-effects”.

Every person is different, so you should experiment to find the right balance between Sativa and Indica, whatever makes you feel best, while keeping in mind how you could reproduce the effects for yourself by growing your personal favourites.

Varieties for Beginners

Having just discussed the advantages of the Indica varieties and its hybrids, we can report that these are precisely the varieties that are most recommended for beginners, especially the Skunk varieties. If an inexperienced grower wishes to make a first attempt, it is without a doubt better to choose seeds according to their hardiness, resistance and stability. Skunk varieties can also depend on their simplicity and shorter flowering period. Whether they are interested in consuming cannabis for medicinal or recreational reasons, what the novice gardener is looking for is an abundant harvest with little effort. Sensi Seeds offers a wide selection of robust varieties that will be able to withstand even the most unexpected situations a beginner grower may face.

The Final Decision

How to choose a variety of cannabis - Sensi Seeds

At the end of the day, it is up to each individual to choose a variety according to their individual likes and needs. Sometimes, a medicinal variety appropriate for one consumer may not be the best option for another, even if they have the same condition. Other times, consuming a variety recommended by someone who has the same illness as you can be the easiest way of finding what you are looking for. Of course, the obstacles that a grower may face when planting cannabis, including physical limitations as well as the environment he or she lives in, are all very important factors to take into consideration when making a final decision.

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, so don’t hesitate to fill yourselves with knowledge; read, experiment, and consult the countless experts on the subject who are out there, and you will surely find the cannabis seeds that best fit your needs. In time, you too can become a successful expert and perhaps you will go on to give your best advice to tomorrow’s beginners!

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