10 of the 1000’s of Cannabis Strains used by Medical Marijuana Patients

10 of the 1000’s of Cannabis Strains used by Medical Marijuana Patients

What they are, What they do, and What they help treat

Medical Marijuana – to skeptics it’s a money grab and a license to get inebriated.  But to the tens of millions of medical marijuana patients nationwide, it’s the safe, effective, “holistic” treatment they’ve been seeking for a long, long time.

But, it’s not quite that simple. The fact is that marijuana –  cannabis – plants are very complex.  And even though patients aren’t required to understand a cannabis plant’s full anatomy in order to discover the particular strain that treats their symptoms, condition, or pain, it’s useful to know a few basics.

In effect, exploring effective Medical marijuana strains or infused products is much less overwhelming once you have a baseline understanding of which strains are best suited for your condition and why.


But first, a general overview of Marijuana’s effects and applications  

Medical marijuana is receiving increased recognition and acceptance almost weekly.  As more and more patients, Provisioners, and health care professionals openly discuss and report their experiences and results, more symptoms and conditions are being publicized and advocated as “treatable” with Medical marijuana – either alone or in conjunction with a physician-prescribed regimen.

This is attributed to two factors – it’s effects on the mind and the body and the symptoms that are reportedly alleviated by these effects.

Regarding the mental effects, Marijuana is associated with making people feel relaxed, calm, focused, energetic, happy, talkative, and aroused (to name a few).

Regarding the physical effects, Marijuana is credited with alleviating or mitigating symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, nausea, pain, stress, and inflammation (once again, to name a few).


Take a look at this chart for a simple depiction of how marijuana is the “connector” between a symptom and an effect. 

Medical Marijuana Benefits for Symptoms - Allied Wellness Center - Warren, MI


So, how do you know what plant or strain of plant prompts the right effect for your particular  symptom?



From 3, thousands  

It is impossible to answer the question “How many different Medical and Recreational cannabis strains are there?

That’s because both “hobby” and professional cannabis growers continuously experiment with new strains.

Furthermore, there’s no standardized conventions for creating and naming a strain, nor is there any protocol in place for registering a strain once it’s been created. Notice the “free for all”, rather “creative” approach to the names that strains are given. Things are likely to continue this way for quite a while

So, keeping that in mind, as of this writing, current research suggests that there may be as many as 3000 different strains or brand name types of Medical and Recreational marijuana (combined).

And they all stem (pun somewhat intended) from the 3 main plant types: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids.

While a previous article introduced you to indica and sativa, here’s a general overview of each.

Indica has a higher amount of CBD which means it effects the body more than the mind, giving it a more favorable impression toward medicinal applications.

Sativa contains more THC than indica, so it effects the mind more than the physical body.  However, its “mind-altering” effects range widely – from calming to euphoric.

While the euphoria prompted by sativa strains is the basis for sativa’s association with Recreational marijuana, Medical marijuana patients tend to lean toward choosing sativa-infused or sativa-dominant products because of the way sativa soothes and calms the mind.

Hybrids are strains of the marijuana plant that are bred by combining indica and sativa plants. In general, there are 4 ways to combine the 2 different plants to customize strains that are “dominant” in one plant or effect:

2 different sativa varieties;

2 different indica varieties;

1 sativa and 1 indica variety (sativa-dominant);

1 indica and 1 sativa variety (indica-dominant)



10 “Popular” Strains of Cannabis that may help treat your Medical Condition(s) 

Let’s take a look at some “brands” that are established enough to have made it onto the 2019  Strains of Marijuana lists found in various publications. Keep in mind, for this purpose, it is the characteristics and effects of the “brand” that is most important to grasp; not necessarily the specific brand name.

While this list of 10 is a miniscule representation of all strains and brands in existence, it’s presented to give you a foundation upon which to start or continue to gather more information pertaining to your particular concerns, curiosities, or circumstances.

Ideally, this gives you just enough information to know what questions to ask, what to be aware of, and what direction to go in during your first couple visits to a Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center.


Red Dragon – A slightly sativa-dominant strain with a notoriously unique “upbeat” effect, Red Dragon is claimed to be “great” for stress or depression. It’s also reported to be effective for lack of appetite, fatigue, and pain. Caution: As is possible with all cannabis, the happy, energetic feelings Red Dragon is known for can also transition into anxiety or paranoia in some people.


Blue Dream – A sativa-dominant hybrid, Blue Dream’s effects fall into the happy and relaxed realms; it is known as a “daytime treatment” for stress, depression, pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, and headaches.


White fire OG (aka WiFi OG) – This is a 60% sativa hybrid that is known to comfortably uplift the patient while also providing cerebral focus. Considered a daytime strain, White fire OG doesn’t make the user drowsy, which makes it effective when socializing. A common choice for cancer patients, especially those dealing with appetite loss, it’s also associated with effectively treating glaucoma, stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.


Thin Mint – Highly “pyschoactive”, this strain is credited with helping severe pain, nausea, swelling, insomnia, and appetite loss.


Tangerine Dream –  Created with the working Medical marijuana patient in mind, this hybrid strain is credited with uplifting the user while enhancing mental clarity. Medical marijuana patients challenged with stress, pain, depression, fatigue, insomnia, and inflammation are finding that this strain – in the proper dosage – treats their conditions without mitigating their ability to function productively during the day.


Cherry Kush – An indica-dominant hybrid considered very potent, this strain is known for treating headaches, stress, insomnia, depression, and lack of appetite; it’s reported to initially stimulate a “cerebral” effect that fades into a feeling of deep relaxation.


Aberdeen –  With effects including a happy, uplifted feeling that mellows into deep relaxation, Aberdeen is reputed to help treat mild levels of muscle spasms, cramps, depression, fatigue, headaches, and lack of appetite


Purple Kush – A pure indica strain that prompts a soothing euphoric feeling that transitions to relaxation and a deep sleep, Purple Kish is known for successfully treating pain, stress, nerve damage, muscle spasms, and sleeplessness.


Sour Kush – Claimed to be practical for daytime pain relief and day to day use, Sour Kush’s  indica influence is readily apparent upon consumption. It ignites a happy feeling that quickly settles into an uplifted calm feeling. These characteristics are why it’s reported to be a popular choice for treating depression, stress, pain, headaches, lack of appetite, and cramps.


Juicy Fruit – Sometimes called “Fruity Juice”, this strain is crossed with Afghani indica and pure Thai sativa. With a 15-20% THC level, this cannabis strain is reputed to make users feel dizzy which can then segue into energetic, uplifting, relaxed feelings; used for stress, pain, depression, lack of appetite, and eye pressure.



But remember . . .

Even though you now have a little background information and you may be feeling more comfortable about visiting a Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you take the next step.

First, make sure you rely upon a professional, reputable Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center that can provide you with the time and attention needed to make the best recommendations for what strains will be best for you to treat and alleviate your symptoms, condition, or pain.

And, above all else, keep in mind that each strain has varying degrees of 3 effects:


Mental effects (happiness, creativity, calmness, positivity)


Medical effects (treatment of pain, stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and others listed above)


Negative effects (dry mouth – most common –, dry eyes, anxiety, dizziness, paranoia)


For those reasons, it is not advised to embark upon this journey alone.  Your pathway to Medical marijuana usage shouldn’t be viewed as an adventure. It should be treated as a diligent, pragmatic exploration guided by a Medical Marijuana professional at a reputable, responsible Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center.

Allied Wellness Center invites and encourages you to launch – or (if you’re more experienced) to continue – your expedition with us.  We are committed to providing Michigan Medical marijuana patients with the utmost professional care, service, and products and we look forward to demonstrating that commitment to each patient we serve.



Rebecca J. Ensign

Community Relations Coordinator