Medical and Health
Typically, cannabis Indica plants are short, bushy plants with wide leaves. Indica plants typically grow faster and have a higher yield than the sativa variety. Medicine produced from cannabis Indica plants have higher CBD and lower THC counts.
The major qualities of Indica medicinal strains include:
- increased mental relaxation
- muscle relaxation
- decreases nausea
- decreases acute pain
- increases appetite
- increases dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers)
- for night time use
Indica strains are known for providing pain relief and muscle relaxation coupled with heavy sedative effects. Because of this you can expect to feel the effects more heavily concentrated in your body and legs when medicating with Indica dominant strains.
Because of higher levels of CBD, Indica strains are ideal for patients looking to treat symptoms such as chronic pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, nausea, appetite stimulation, and sleep deprivation, to name a few.
Other individuals who suffer from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, sleep apnea and insomnia also tend to benefit immensely from the effects. Cancer patients especially benefit from the pain & nausea relief from medicating with indica after chemotherapy treatments.
5 medical uses for indica strains
1. Promotes Sleep
It has long been common knowledge that one of the best medical use for indica strains is to promote sleep.
2. Relieves Stress and Anxiety
This may seem odd given that indica effects are typically more dominant on the body than they are the mind, but it has long been held that high-CBD cannabis is preferable over high-THC cannabis when it comes to anxiety relief.
3. Relaxes Muscles
Muscle spasms affect just about everyone, from foot cramps to strained and pulled muscles. Certain disorders can also cause muscle spasms.
Medical cannabis has become an increasingly popular option and an alternative to traditional prescription medicine. It’s is a more natural and effective alternative to everyday spasms or common muscle injuries.
Cannabis works by reducing inflammation, which causes muscle spasms.
4. Reduces Seizures
Many patients suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders have found great relief from medical cannabis, either taken on its own or in conjunction with other epilepsy medications. Some epileptics who cannot tolerate other anti-seizure medications have been able to use marijuana to successfully control their seizures.
Cannabinoids affect cells in the body called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of those substances that may affect the body in a way that helps reduce seizures. Unlike THC, which creates the high feeling, CBD does not cause psychoactive effects. This lack of psychoactive effects allows patients to live with fewer seizures.
5. Decreases Inflammation and Pain
One of the top therapeutic effects of indica cannabis is to help reduce pain and inflammation. This is due to the presence of full-spectrum CBD in indica strain varieties. Things like pure CBD oils and CBD-infused lotions have been known to work wonders in recent years at minimizing inflammation, and given the dominant genetic profile of landrace indica strains, it makes perfect sense why.
If you suffer from any one of these conditions and would like to try and use medical cannabis as a natural therapy, we recommend trying one of our indica strains.