How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Strain

Once you’ve received your medical marijuana prescription, it’s time to head to the dispensary to have it filled. A dispensary, known in Florida as Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers or MMTCs, is simply a pharmacy that fills only marijuana-based prescriptions. MMTCs must be licensed by the state of Florida to operate legally. You can find a list of all Florida’s licensed MMTCs here. Never fill your medical marijuana prescription anywhere that is not on this list or you are risking arrest and criminal charges.

Once you head down to your local, licensed MMTC, you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the number of options you have. MMTCs offers a wide variety of cannabis-based products to fit the needs and preferences of almost any patient. From various strains of smokable flowers to concentrates to tinctures and more, MMTCs provide pretty much everything you need so that you can take your medical marijuana prescription as prescribed.

Confused by all the offerings at your local MMTC? Use our guide below to understand how medical marijuana is classified so you can find the strain that best fits your needs:

Amount of THC

One of the major ways to classify medical marijuana is by the amount of THC it contains. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a substance in marijuana that provides many health benefits but also gives users a high, euphoric feeling. New marijuana users may not like this and prefer low-THC strains instead. Low-THC marijuana strains typically contain higher levels of CBD (cannabidiol), which is another cannabis constituent that delivers multiple health benefits, but without the high feeling. Your physician will usually determine what level of THC is right for you and your condition.

Indica vs. Sativa

Another major classification of marijuana is Indica versus Sativa. Almost all strains of marijuana fall into one of these two categories. Sativa strains are known to have more psychological effects while Indica strains give a more mellow, calm experience. More and more patients are opting for hybrid strains that have the best qualities of both Sativa and Indica. Patients are typically allowed to choose if they want an Indica strain, Sativa strain, or hybrid strain.

Terpene Profile

Finally, marijuana can be classified according to its terpene profile. Terpenes are chemicals that give different strains of marijuana (and all plants for that matter) their unique smells, tastes, and colors. Terpene profile may be one of the most important factors in choosing a medical marijuana strain, as it has a huge effect on the user experience.

Medical Marijuana Advice in Southwestern Florida

Are you ready to find out how medical marijuana can improve your qualifying condition and boost your quality of life? Then call Hakunah Matata at (239) 789-6561 or request an appointment online and we’ll help you get started on the path to comfort and healing with safe and effective medical marijuana.