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5 Top Cannabis Strains and the Conditions They Assist

So many marijuana strains in the world…but which one will work best for your needs?

The world is filled to the brim with marijuana strains. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp of all the main ones, new types begin rising into recognition. Meanwhile, fresh strains are simultaneously being developed and generated by the professional breeders of many prominent and reputable seed banks, which only increases the quantity of cannabis strains in the future.

With so many strains on the market, it can sometimes get confusing, or even overwhelming deciphering one from the other, especially regarding medical cannabis and what it can assist with. That’s why here at WayofLeaf we have rounded up the 5 most useful marijuana types, so that your life is made that much easier next time you are standing in your dispensary trying to decide what is right for you.

Keep reading to learn more about which marijuana strain is best tailored to meet your needs with our What Strain Is Best for What: Complete Medical Cannabis Use Guide…

5 Out-of-This-World Medical Marijuana Strains and Their Uses:

1. Charlotte’s Web

cannabis strain charlotte's web

A Little About Charlotte’s Web:

By far one of the most profound medical cannabis strains on the market, Charlotte’s Web is a strain specifically bred for seizures and other serious medical conditions without having a major effect on the mind and functionality of the consumer. This could be because of its miniscule THC content, ranking in at just 0.3%, not enough to produce any type of high effect usually associated with marijuana. It is packed full of medicine, with a hefty presence of CBD, which can measure in at 17% or even higher.

Named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl who experienced constant seizures due to epilepsy and then began to consume Charlotte’s Web. Miraculously, her frequent seizures stopped almost completely. After this occurrence, much of the world began to discuss her story and the effectiveness of CBD within the medical cannabis realm and it continued to become a topic of grave controversy.

It was ruled by the government that Charlotte’s Web would not be classified legally as cannabis, but rather hemp, making it easier for all patients to obtain this medicine, but still banning the crop from being transported over any state lines. Charlotte’s Web contains a 60% indica, 40% sativa strain type ratio, yet it is still referred to by some as a sativa strain.

Helps What Medical Conditions?:

One of the most medicinally powerful strains available, most famously Charlotte’s Web is utilized for seizures and epilepsy. Aside from these serious conditions, more mild uses include chronic pain, joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, headaches and migraines. It produces completely physical effects, and therefore will not cause any psychoactive situations, making it a quintessential type for both adults and young children.

2. Cannatonic


A Little About Cannatonic:

A unique option for patients of medical marijuana, Cannatonic offers a less-cloudy, focus inducing high, because of its low THC content that rarely measures above 6%, and its high CBD content which is typically around 6-17% depending upon the batch.

Although quite a bit more “high” inducing than a strain like Charlotte’s Web, Cannatonic offers sort of an inbetween alternative to traditional high-potency THC strains and some of the more CBD heavy medical options. Bred by the Spanish seed bank Resin Seeds, its creation is the result of the genetic crossing between G13 Haze and MK Ultra. It is classified as a perfect hybrid strain, with 50% indica and 50% sativa genetics.

Helps What Medical Conditions?:

Cannatonic is effective at managing seizures and epilepsy, as well as chronic pain, muscle spasms, headaches, migraines and fatigue. Furthermore, it is an extremely mentally and emotionally relaxing strain, calming the mind and soothing any worries, making it ideal for lessening anxiety, depression, stress and paranoia.

3. Northern Lights

northern lights

A Little About Northern Lights:

One of the most famous indicas and marijuana strains in the world, Northern Lights has recently sunk into the medical marijuana world, becoming immensely wide spread. This is good news for those who really love NL, because just about every dispensary in the United States offers this as one of their regular selections.

The genetic descendant of two landrace pure strains, Thai sativa and Afghani indica came together and Northern Lights was created. It is complete with THC levels that range at about 16-21% on average, and CBD levels that are rather low and are not even worth referencing.

This marijuana strain is potent and fairly easy to cultivate, partially why it has become a favorite, and it is classified as an indica with a 90% indica, 10% sativa ratio. Setting its consumer into a mildly psychoactive euphoric trance state, Northern Lights helps to unwind and relax the mind and body, sinking you into a place of warmth and comfort.

The crop is easy to cultivate, possessing a high resistance to disease. Its flowering period is around 7-9 weeks, and the crop grows relatively short, typical of an indica strain. Yields are in the higher range, with an average of 18 ounces per meter squared indoors, and 22 ounces per plant outdoors.

Helps What Medical Conditions?:

Because of its lack of CBD, Northern Lights cannot be utilized like some of the other more medicinal strains on this list. Instead, it is primarily beneficial for assisting insomnia, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, headaches, joint pain, muscle spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, menstrual cramping, arthritis, bipolar and PTSD, in addition to other conditions that are not included on this list.

4. Stress Killer

A Little About Stress Killer:

A relatively new strain developed by Royal Queen Seeds, Stress Killer offers a focused and relaxing daytime high that is perfect for those who have a tendency to worry or feel overwhelmed. It is an intriguing triple cross between Juanita la Lagrimosa, Ruderalis and Lemon Haze. For this reason, it is classified as a hybrid because of a 60% sativa, 30% indica and 10% ruderalis genetic makeup.

Its THC levels test in at around 11%, moderate in comparison with most cannabis strains, and its CBD levels are extremely high, although it is not specified anywhere exactly how much. Stress Killer is ready for harvest in about 11 weeks, and the seeds sold by RQS are autoflowering, which means they somewhat take care of themselves when they are ready to go into the almost ready-for-picking phase of the growth cycle.

Helps What Medical Conditions?:

Offering a focused, relaxed yet alert daytime high, Stress Killer’s best suited medical purpose is clear as day, for it is mentioned in its name. Quintessential for managing stress and chronic stress, this marijuana strain will not only calm you down, but also keeps you motivated and understanding of the tasks that need to be completed.

For this reason, it is a brilliant pre-work smoke, so long as you do not mind the small to moderate amounts of THC. In addition to managing stress levels, Stress Killer also can assist with ADD/ADHD because it grounds the mind and body into concentration, as well as minimizing depression, anxiety and other mood disorders with its potent quantity of CBD.

5. Girl Scout Cookies

girl scout cookies

A Little About Girl Scout Cookies:

A marijuana world classic, Girl Scout Cookies, often referred to as GSC, is an extremely potent in THC, low in CBD hybrid cannabis type. Ranking in at an astounding 17-28% THC, this marijuana takes a killer punch on the body and mind, helping to numb uncomfortable situations and experiences.

It is a genetic breeding between Durban Poison sativa and OG Kush hybrid, with a 40% sativa and 60% indica makeup. It is a crop of moderate difficulty to cultivate, with a small plant height, meaning it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor growing. The flowering period is between 7-9 weeks, and the yields are low to moderate in amount if successful.

Consumers beware, GSC can produce extreme lethargy and couch-lock, making it a strain best saved for nighttime and evening use, because it can make you completely dysfunctional, but oh so euphoric and relaxed.

Helps What Medical Conditions?:

GSC is notorious for its hefty quantity of THC, which makes it an ideal medical strain for pain and discomfort relief. Medical patients have begun turning towards Girl Scout Cookies for assistance in managing chronic pain, migraines, muscle cramping, joint pain and arthritis. Furthermore, it has an ability to increase appetite and help minimize insomnia. Girl Scout Cookies is relaxing, so those with anxiety, depression and stress can also benefit.

Final Thoughts on Which Strain to Use and When:

If you are an individual that has a difficult time deciding what medical marijuana strain to try, then one of the above mentioned types could be a helpful place to start. We hope you not only found this guide to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.

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