The PCC 7 is a guide for patients to understand the effects of cannabis on their mind and body. Choosing the right strain of medicinal cannabis can be confusing at first, especially with so many different and occasionally unusual names. The strain names are not always representative of the desired medicinal effects. This being said, it is much easier to decide what your desired effects are before you decide on the strain. To simplify things, we have split the effects into two categories: Mental and Physical.
To describe the Mental effects, we use the terms Heavy, Psychoactive, Creative, Euphoric, Sociable, Alert and Clear.
To describe the Physical effects, we use the terms Sedative, Relaxing, Calm, Awake, Active, Energetic and Uplifting.
You may be familiar with terms like Sativa, Indica and Hybrid, but to better assist you in choosing stains by desired effects, we have split the categories into seven groups depending on their mental and physical effects. The seven groups are Heavy Indica, Clear Indica, Heavy Hybrid, Even Hybrid, Clear Hybrid, Heavy Sativa and Clear Sativa. Once decided on a group or desired effect, you can use the system to find the strain that will work best for your ailments.
Group 1: Heavy Indica’s physical effects range from sedating to relaxing, while mental effects range from heavy to psychoactive. Heavy Indicas are recommended for sleep, relaxation and pain related issues. Examples of Heavy Indicas include Midnight, Grand Daddy Purple and Afghani Goo. These strains tend to be Myrcene dominant, rich in Beta-Caryophyllene and Linalool giving them a fruity flavor.
Group 2: Clear Indica’s physical effects range from relaxing to calm, while mental effects range from alert to clear. Clear Indicas are recommended for physical relief that still enables the patient to function. Examples of Clear Indicas include Bubba Kush, Northern Lights and Master Kush. These strains tend to be Beta-Caryophylenne dominant, rich in Limonene and Myrcene giving them an Earthy flavor.
Group 3: Heavy Hybrid’s physical effects range from calm to sedative, while mental effects range from psychoactive to creative. Heavy Hybrids are recommended for patients seeking a balance of mental and physical relief that is not too drowsy. Examples of Heavy Hybrids include OG Kush, Gorilla Glue #4 and Girl Scout Cookies. These strains tend to be Limonene Dominant, rich in Beta-Caryophylenne and Myrcene giving them a Skunk flavor.
Group 4: Even Hybrid’s physical effects range from calm to active, while mental effects range from creative to sociable. Even Hybrids are recommended for patients looking for a balanced effect (not too drowsy or too energetic). Examples of Even Hybrids include S.A.G.E., Blue Bubble and XJ-13. These strains tend to be a balance of Limonene, Beta-Caryophyllene and Myrcene giving them Floral flavor.
Group 5: Clear Hybrid’s physical effects range from awake to active, while mental effects range from alert to clear. Clear Hybrids are recommended for patients looking for a balance of mental and physical relief, but more on the clear side. Examples of Clear Hybrids include White Widow, Blue Dream and Super Silver Haze. These strains tend to be Myrcene Dominant, rich in Pinene and Beta-Caryophylenne giving them a Pine flavor.
Group 6: Heavy Sativa’s physical effects range from active to energetic, while mental effects range from psychoactive to euphoric. Heavy Sativas are recommended for patients looking for an intense and uplifting body effect with a heavy mental effect. Examples of Heavy Sativas include Cherry AK, Sour Diesel and Trainwreck. These strains tend to be Myrcene dominant, rich in Beta-Caryophyllene and Ocimene giving them a sweet flavor.
Group 7: Clear Sativa’s physical effects range from energetic to uplifting, while mental effects range from sociable to clear. Clear Sativas are recommended for patients who seek a clear head with little or no physical effects, making this a great highly functional daytime choice. Examples of Clear Sativas include Durban, Lambsbread and Jack Herer. These strains tend to be Terpinoline dominant, rich in Ocimene and Myrcene giving them a Spicy flavor.
The combination of THC and terpenes modulates each strain to have it’s own effect, flavor, energy and medical uses.*
Patients seeking little or no psychoactive effects can medicate with Cannabidiol (CDB) dominant products which is an antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral and anti-depressant. Patients should start out by taking no more than 5mg of CBD per hour, and increase the dosage as needed. Once the patient is familiar with the effects of CBD and the different THC dominant strains, they can find a ratio of CBD:THC that works best for their ailments.
Each patient will build tolerance faster to certain strains than others. To conserve your medicine and to get the maximum relief, choose three to four strains that work well for you and switch them up. This will keep your cannabinoid receptors fresh and ready to be activated by the next strain you are using. Mixing a few strains together can enhance the desired cannabinoid balance you are looking for, as cannabis effects will vary by the individual’s physiological make up. Each patient has an individual reaction to each type of medicine; therefore, experimentation with different types of strains is essential for the new patient.
We are learning new things about this wonderful plant everyday. The latest research tells us there are many other active compounds in cannabis called terpenes which contribute to the entourage effect. Not only do the terpenes give each strain it’s wonderful and unique aroma, they also make a fingerprint that identify specific strains. Remember, “the nose knows” – So trust your instincts and keep a personal cannabis journal to note how certain strains affected you. In a short time, you’ll be a pro at finding the right strains that suit you best.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before using cannabis.