How To Use Strains: Learning To Treat Yourself

How To Use Strains: Learning To Treat Yourself

How To Use Strains: Learning To Treat Yourself

By: @MedicalAndy

This piece will apply most to those readers in states with legal access, as you need to be able to know what the strain is, and have access to a variety to be able to figure out what works best for you.  It’s coming to more places after this November, so if your home state doesn’t have access join your local NORML and help make a change.

For those of you who do have access, it’s a beautiful experience to be able to sample different strains to figure out what works for you—not just what your dealer happens to have this week.  I lived under that system for several years, and I can say that “whatever” strain will get you high, and even in terms of medical benefits it may get you part of the way there, but for those trying to treat medical conditions, especially multiple conditions, being able to use multiple strains over the course of the day (or the week), is a game-changer.  

Personally, it took me over a year to figure out a regiment that really worked for my body—what worked for my Crohn’s-adjacent stomach/pain problems, while also taking care of my day-to-day symptoms of anxiety and depression.  I take FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil—fully activated alcohol-extracted oil) for pain and nausea 2-3 times a day: when I wake up a 1:1 CBD:THC strain, and an Indica strain before bed.  Depending on how I’m feeling I may take an extra dose of 1:1 or Hybrid/Indica oil after lunch.  This gives me a base level of cannabinoids in my bloodstream so I need to smoke or vape much less often.

In addition to FECO I use a variety of strains by dabbing.  This includes more Sativa options in the morning, like Jack Herer or Tangie, to get my day going and elevate my mood.  I don’t drink coffee so the citrus terpenes, along with the CBD in my edible dose, is my replacement.  As the day goes on I generally switch to Hybrid or Indica options, depending on my levels of pain and nausea.  In the evening the switch is more to Indica strains with heavier earth or grape notes, which are often indicative of strains which are most sedative.  

 

The “sleep terpene” is called myrcene, and has actually been clinically studied to aid sleep, among things.  A combination of myrcene with other terpenes will provide the best sleep aid, but that is something that will vary, even between phenotypes of the same strain.  If you’re looking to treat one specific symptom, growing your own to search for 1 specific effect can be a good option.  This allows you to select for the traits you want, and when you’ve succeeded, it is the best way to guarantee your own supply.

I cycle through strains so as not be become too acclimated to any one combination of terpenes—something you might notice if you have only 1 option for an extended period of time.  This is one of the benefits of shopping at a dispensary or directly with a grower when you’re still figuring out your own routine—growing your own may produce an overwhelming amount of medicine (not a bad problem to have though).

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