Making sense of cannabis strains

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As you likely know, cannabis is a plant that is commonly cultivated for recreational or medicinal use. However, not all cannabis plants are alike, nor do they produce the same effects, making it important to understand more about cannabis strains. Ready for some basic biology?

The cannabis plant is an annual, which is a plant that is grown from seed, produces flowers and seeds, and then dies in just one growing season. The plant genus is cannabis, and there are three species: indica, sativa, and ruderalis.

Pretty simple so far, right? Three different species to keep track of. However, there’s more to the story: strains. Strains are varieties of cannabis plants. For example, cannabis plants grown in one part of the world will have different characteristics than those grown elsewhere, even though they come from the same species. To further complicate matters, plants are selectively bred to produce specific characteristics, resulting in potentially thousands of strains of cannabis growing around the world.

Tikun Olam’s involvement in cannabis research and cultivation led to the development of six proprietary strains of cannabis, each bred for specific chemical properties, proportions, and medicinal effects. Thus, each strain produces different effects and may be used for different purposes. Let’s take a look:

Alaska — 30 percent indica and 70 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Alaska strain is invigorating and stimulating. It is a great choice for stimulating the appetite or treating anxiety, depression, nausea, or digestive issues. It has a THC range of 20-23 percent and minimal CBD.

Midnight — 30 percent indica and 70 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Midnight strain strikes a balance between THC (8-12 percent) and CBD (9-14 percent). With a one-to-one ratio of THC and CBD, Midnight has a grounding, relaxing effect. It is commonly used to treat mild pain and tremors and ease the symptoms of PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal ailments, and tinnitus.

Eran Almog — 70 percent indica and 30 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Eran Almog strain is soothing and restful. It is commonly used to treat insomnia, chronic pain, nausea, PTSD, and muscle spasms. It is also used to stimulate the appetite. This strain has a high THC level (18-23 percent) and is best suited for patients accustomed to THC, opiates, or narcotics.

Erez — 70 percent indica and 30 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Erez strain has a strong effect and is typically used to help with severe pain and sleep disorders. It also helps with symptom relief from PTSD, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological issues. With a high THC level of 15 to 18 percent, Erez is best suited for experienced cannabis consumers accustomed to consuming THC.

Or — 70 percent indica and 30 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Or strain is deeply relaxing and carefree thanks to its high THC level (14-17 percent). This strain was developed to relieve nausea, severe pain, respiratory conditions, muscle spasms, insomnia and sleep disorders, and loss of appetite.

Avidekel — 80 percent indica and 20 percent sativa, Tikun Olam’s Avidekel strain has virtually no THC and about 16-19 percent CBD. It’s a great choice for treating the symptoms of epilepsy, ALS, and MS as well as reducing swelling, inflammation, and migraines. With less than 1 percent of THC, Avidekel is non-psychoactive and high CBD.
Three plant species — a world of health and wellness benefits.