These are the 3 most common types of cannabis plant:
Indica is a classification that is used to establish the geographic origin of a cultivar (strain) and is reserved for cannabis varieties
that are typically shorter in height with wider leaves than their sativa counterparts.
Sativa is a classification that is reserved for cannabis varieties that, due to their origins, are typically taller in height with thinner leaves than their indica counterparts.
Hybrid varieties are combinations of both indicas and sativas, possessing traits and characteristics attributed to each classification.
The active ingredients in medicinal cannabis
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. The two most commonly discussed cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol is commonly referred to as THC. It’s been popularized by its psychoactive effects.
Commonly referred to as CBD, Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating compound.
Found in much smaller percentages than THC or CBD, and based on existing research, CBN begins to appear when THC starts to degrade.
Cannabichromene (CBC) is more bountiful by percentage than CBD, but has received much less research attention.
Before becoming THC or CBD, life begins as Cannabigerol. CBG is non psychoactive and a minor compound found in trace percentages in medicinal cannabis. CBG is more detectable in hemp.
Closely related to THC, Tetrahydrocannabivarin’s chemical structure is similar, but appears to engages cannabinoid receptors differently based on existing research.
Terpenes: Flavours & Aromas
Terpenes are organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants including cannabis. They are responsible for the unique aromas and flavours of different cannabis cultivars (strains).
To date researchers have discovered over 100 different terpenes in cannabis varieties, but we’ve listed the most popular cannabis terpenes here.
Is medicinal cannabis right for me?
If you and your healthcare professional decide that cannabis is a suitable option, our Client Care team is here to help inform you about our medicinal cannabis product offerings.