Marijuana has proven effective in relieving the symptoms and pain associated with of thousands of diseases and conditions, including: AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Anorexia, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Bursitis, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Crohn’s, Emphysema, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma and other intra-ocular disorders, Hepatitis C, HIV, Insomnia and other sleep disorders, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Muscular Dystrophy, Nausea, Paraplegia, Parkinson’s, Skin diseases such as Scleroderma and Psoriasis, Quadriplegia as well as many more.
There are three distinctly different strains of cannabis: Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis.
The Sativa plant thrives in warm climates, evidenced by it origins in countries close to the equator like Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia. Sativa is a very tall, thin plant with narrow leaves that are light green in color. Sativa has a longer vegetation period than other strains and it can reach heights of up to 20 feet in a single season. Once flowering has begun, Sativa can take anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to fully mature. The flavor and scent of Sativas can range from earthy to sweet and fruity.
The Sativa strain’s primary effect is on the mind. Sativa is often used for slowing the progression of a migraine, reducing intra-ocular pressure and as a bronchodilator and expectorant for Glaucoma.
The positive, uplifting cerebral effect of Sativa, which energizes and stimulates the mind, sometimes (but not always) makes it a good choice for mental health conditions like stress, anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Particular strains of Sativa can offer a good measure of pain relief as well.
The Indica plant thrives in cooler environments and originally comes from the hash producing countries of the world like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco, and Tibet. Indica is a very short and dense plant, generally only 2’-4’ tall, with small, wide, dark green leaves. Because of its short height, once flowering, it only takes 7 to 9 weeks for Indica to fully mature. The flavor and scent of Indicas can range from spicy, to pine, to a pungent skunk.
The Indica strain’s primary effect is on the body. Indica is often used for Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS, Neuropathy, Stress and Sleep Apnea.
Indica produces a very relaxing, almost narcotic-like effect. This makes it a good choice for any condition with associated pain.
Cannabis Ruderalis grows wild in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia. It is rarely used in the United States. The main purpose of Cannabis Ruderalis is cross-breeding with other strains to make more weather resistant plants in order to cope with the harsh Eastern European winter weather.
The definition of a Hybrid is the intentional crossing of two different strains of cannabis. Combining different Indicas, different Sativas or any combination thereof creates a Hybrid. How the Hybrid strain will grow, look, mature, smoke or be ingested is determined by the balance in the relationship of the Indica or Sativa strains that went into the Hybrid.
The majority of cannabis seeds and medicine available today are Hybrids. This allows cultivators and patients to select for various desired characteristics of growth, strength and effect.
Cannabis breeders work diligently developing new strains that will produce particular medicinal effects to assist with different diseases. The combinations that can be made are absolutely endless.
Bloom finds these endless possibilities and the potential they hold one of the most exciting and engaging parts of the medical marijuana industry. The ability to create new strains and as a result help control or even cure more diseases, allowing patients to truly live A Flourishing Life is why we do what we do!
There are 3 main types of Hybrids: Sativa-dominant Hybrids; Indica-dominant Hybrids; and Even Hybrids (50/50).
Sativa-dominant Hybrids provide a cerebral euphoria while also relaxing the body, offering both mental and physical relief.
Indica-dominant Hybrids provide full body pain relief, while relaxing the mind. Patients with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain often prefer these Hybrids.
Even Hybrids (50/50) offer an exact balance of mind and body relief.
Selecting the Best Strain and Dosage
Potency and dosage vary with different strains, conditions and individuals. Care should always be taken when selecting strains. The efficacy of cannabis is directly related to strain selection. The desired goal is for a patient to find a strain that controls all symptoms utilizing the least amount of medicine.
Because Bloom grows all of our own medicine we are able to produce a wide variety of high quality strains to address patients’ needs. Bloom patient consultants singular focus is to assist patients in selecting the ideal strain and appropriate dosage to address their individual condition and needs. Due to differences between individuals, this is a trial and error process, just as it is with any pharmaceutical medication. For this reason, Bloom records every strain each patient has tried and patient consultants keep a detailed history with any feedback, likes or dislikes a patient reports.