The industry standard for weed is to rate it orange, green, or purple depending on the type of strain that it is. For example, orange indicates a sativa strain that will give you energy and make you feel a cerebral high. Purple labeled products are indica strains, offering relaxation and sedation.
When products are labeled as green, they are hybrids of the two. You may feel a wide variety of effects from this hybrid that can more sativa or indica. Therefore a green sativa will be a hybrid strain that has a tendency to lean more toward the cerebral highs and energy of the sativa strains. It may also boast some characteristics of the indica, such as relaxation or an added pain management benefit.
Strains known for being green are:
God’s Green Crack
● Green Dream
● Green Ribbon
● Green Avenger
● Lime Green Skunk
● Green Kush
● Green Hornet
● Green Candy
● Green Monster
Reasons to create strains that have sativa and indica are to manipulate certain characteristics to give added value to people who are taking medical marijuana for specific reasons. By specializing hybrids to meet the needs of those, for example, with fibromyalgia, growers can create strains that are more popular and help with symptoms more generally than just hitting one or two points for people.
Marijauna is No Longer Your Grandmother’s Protest Poster Plant
Back in the sixties when Woodstock was making history, cannabis was being grown in coffee cans in basements. Protesters had ‘smoke ins’ to protest the illegalization of marijuana and what Americans had was primarily coming from a handful of lines, or strains.
Today, hundreds of different strains of marijuana are available due to the medical marijuana industry that has blown the doors off what growers can create with some manipulation and careful attention to detail.
Hybrids of indica and sativa now exist to take full advantage of higher levels of CBD for some conditions such as epilepsy, while delivering less THC so that the high isn’t so intense that people can’t function either at work or in daily life. Conversely, there are strains that have been developed to give patients such a head high that they are unaware of pain for hours.
This can be an incredible medical advantage for people who are suffering with painful conditions and being treated for things like cancer. For people who are wanting to fight joint pain of arthritis but don’t care about the head high, and would prefer not to have it, the sativa hybrids – green sativa – are the best route for them.
No matter what the need you have is, there is a type of medical marijuana that is perfect for you so the best thing to do is to research very carefully what strains others with your condition are using. Talk to a specialist in a medical marijuana dispensary and use a doctor who is familiar with the strains that are perfected for your condition as well.
Doctors who prescribe medical marijuana are sometimes a wealth of knowledge when it comes to strains that other patients are seeing success with, especially in fighting cancer or dealing with extreme anxiety.
It’s likely that we will see even more strains developed over the next few years as growers have time and more money. Plus, more states are legalizing medical marijuana as this is being written. That means that the market is bigger and will demand more choices.
It may seem very confusing at first, but the more you get to know about how the sativa vs indica strains are used, the more you’ll understand the benefits of the green hybrids as well.
Maria Arrington is a full time blogger on alternative medicine. She writes on the vast world of alternative medicine and things around this sector.