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How To Choose the Right Medical Marijuana Strains for You

After receiving your medical marijuana card, you will walk into a dispensary for the first time and likely feel overwhelmed by the variety of options. Cannabis comes in many forms, offering varying potencies, advantages, and effects. Understanding the best medical marijuana strains for your needs can help you enjoy the most beneficial effects. 

At LeafMed, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mississippi, we want to help everyone learn how to begin their path toward feeling better. Below, we discuss everything you need to know about selecting a medical marijuana strain. 

Understanding the Different Types of Medical Marijuana Strains

Medical marijuana breaks into three major categories: Indica, Sativa, and hybrid strains. The THC content for strains within these categories can vary. The overall mental and bodily effects distinguish these strain categories from one another. 

Sativa Strains

Sativa strains typically produce a “head high,” resulting in energizing effects that can sharpen your focus, clarity, concentration, and mood. Sativas often have slightly higher THC contents than the other categories, though the exact strain can affect this quality. A few common conditions that Sativas may improve include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD
  • ADD and ADHD

Many people prefer to take Sativa strains during the day for the energy-enhancing effects. While the compound won’t immediately wake you up like a strong cup of coffee, it can offer long-lasting sustained focus throughout your day. A few popular Sativa strains include the following:

  • Maui Waui
  • White Buffalo
  • Dutch Hawaiian
  • Super Silver Haze
  • Jack Herer
  • Dream N’ Sour
  • Durban Poison
  • Sour Diesel

Indica Strains

Indica strains offer a “body high,” resulting in more whole-body pain relief and relaxation effects. The slightly lower THC content combined with raised cannabinol levels and CBD inclusions creates the perfect solution for restlessness, bodily pains, nausea, and more. Many use Indica strains to improve symptoms associated with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Insomnia

Because of its relaxing effects, an Indica may be the strain to choose if you struggle with getting restful sleep at night. Many prefer using Indicas before bed, though you may use them any time of day. A few popular Indica strains include the following:

  • Skywalker OG
  • Purple Sunset
  • Afghan Kush
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Guru #10
  • Northern Lights
  • Banana Hammock


If you want to enjoy all the above benefits without purchasing multiple strains, you may want to consider a hybrid. Hybrids combine the best of both medical marijuana strains, allowing you to enjoy the mind-enhancing Sativa effects with the calming relaxation from Indica blends. Some hybrids include heavier Sativa percentages over Indica or vice versa, while others blend equal parts of THC with CBD. 

A few popular hybrid strains include the following:

  • Pineapple Express
  • Trainwreck
  • Golden Goat
  • Blue Dream
  • Cherry Mystery #3
  • Orange Velvet
  • Big Love
  • Blue Sunshine
  • Pink Cookies
  • Bubble Gum
  • Reggae Cowboy

The Bottom Line: THC and CBD Content

While the above categories can help you select strains that align with your needs, keep in mind that individual strains within each category can still vary greatly. We recommend reviewing the THC and CBD content of any strain you choose. Like THC, CBD can offer whole-body health benefits, so you should consider a strain that includes each. 

You can also ask to smell the different strains you’re considering. Whichever option smells most appealing may work best for you, especially if you use medical marijuana for nausea or appetite issues. 

If you’re unsure where to start, our team at LeafMed can help. When you visit one of our Mississippi locations, we can offer recommendations based on your preferences and symptoms. 

Find the Right Strain for You at LeafMed

Many forms of medical marijuana exist, making it challenging to know which is right for you. Now that you’ve learned about the different medical marijuana strains, visit one of our medical dispensary locations in Mississippi or call LeafMed with any questions.