People who consume cannabis for medicinal purposes have different prerogatives than recreational users. Unlike the recreational user – who simply wants to get high – the medicinal cannabis user is after therapeutic benefits exclusively. Thousands of people that are in this category of marijuana users, and more all the time now that marijuana has been legalized in Canada. Some of the more potent strains of marijuana for medicinal purposes wouldn’t appeal to recreational users, and the opposite is true too.
Let’s look at the most potent strains of medical marijuana here today. We’ll introduce them and then briefly discussed the most common therapeutic aims people have when using them. We’ll also mention briefly here that even though legal recreational marijuana in Canada is a reality now, you will still need to be authorized as a medicinal marijuana user in order to get your product from a dispensary.
This will likely change in the future, but you can expect to see dispensaries that still specialize in product designed for the medicinal market. You’ll likely find the best selection of potent strains of marijuana for medical purposes at these dispensaries.
Best Medical Marijuana Strains
We’ll begin here by saying that this is not a ranking. This is just a collection of very good cannabis strains for therapeutic benefits, and in no particular order.
A-Train is good for many different aims, but 2 of the most common are to stimulate appetite in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and relieving ocular pressure for people suffering from glaucoma. It can also help generally with people suffering from chronic stress or different stress disorders.
- Blue Dreams
Blue dreams is pretty much the go-to choice of potent strains of marijuana for treating depression, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, and nausea. It is a proven performer for full-body relaxation and pairs it with mild cerebral invigoration that helps medicinal users to have more mental focus on tap too.
- White Berry
White Berry is very nice hybrid that can be consumed in large quantities quite comfortably if needed. It’s great for relieving muscle spasms, stress and depression, is the strain of choice for anyone who has restless legs syndrome.
- G-13 Haze
Unlike White Berry, G-13 Haze is a potent medical cannabis strain that can be blitzing if you go too hard on it. Handled carefully it provides excellent relief for anxiety, arthritic pain, epilepsy, migraines, and health conditions related to anorexia.
- Canna Sutra
Canna Sutra is a dynamite indica that does wonders for people suffering from migraine headaches. It’s also a proven reliever for generalized chronic pain and it’s also promoted by some to be a good choice for asthma sufferers.
Insomnia is a huge problem for so many people around the world, and Lavender makes our list here because it’s renowned for inducing sleep for insomnia sufferers. It’s also a good choice for people prone to anxiety.
- Crimea Blue
Crimea Blue is also a hybrid strain that’s known to be effective for reducing chronic fatigue syndrome as well as lessening any number of symptoms that come from gastrointestinal disorders. It’s also popular with people with multiple sclerosis for lessening their symptoms.
- Purple Kush
Purple Kush is a pure Indica and one of the most popular potent strains of marijuana, and it’s pretty much unbeatable for those who have chronic pain issues. It’s also a powerful relaxant, making it a good choice for people who are overly tense for whatever reason.
- Jack Herer
Jack Herer is an excellent sativa that is renowned for its ability to reduce anxiety, and it’s also used to help people with fibromyalgia.
- Dr. Grinspoon
Named after a well-known cannabis activist and researcher, Dr. Grinspoon get last spot in our list of potent strains of marijuana used for medical purposes because it’s very effective for relieving hypertension as well as helping people with mood disorders manage their symptoms.
Vaping for Medical Marijuana Users
Vaping is preferable to smoking for medical marijuana users. The reason for that – outside of the fact that smoking of any sort is a pulmonary health risk – is that vaping allows you to regulate the temperature to be lower than that the temperature that occurs with combustion (burning) of the product. The relevance of this is that a lower temperature is more conducive to the release of the terpenes in cannabis. Many of the most potent strains of marijuana can attribute a good portion of their ‘effects’ to terpenes just as much as they can to cannabinoids like THC and CBD. If you’re a medical marijuana user, or may become one based on your desire for more natural approaches to therapeutic relief, you’ll be best to ingest your marijuana with vaping or another non-smoking method.