What Types of Medical Marijuana Are There?

Long answer short – absolutely loads! If you’ve been reading around this site, then you’ll find in the article “Is There a Difference Between Medical and Recreational Marijuana?” that there is likely to be no real difference between medical marijuana and recreational. The distinction comes from the user (and the government – for tax purposes, obviously!), who might need it for specific ailments, rather than the type of plant itself.

In that section, we also provide a table for the effects of indicas, sativas and hybrids in a broad way. We would like to introduce you to some of the best strains from the best breeders. Most of these are grower, time and user-tested. Wherever possible, we have selected varieties from standard, reliable breeders.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive but our guide of some of the best strains from a selection of the best breeders. For a more extensive look, check out the breeders and seedbanks themselves, and have a look to see if there’s any particular strain you might prefer. Please remember that some indica hybrids may, on occasion, have sativa phenotypes (and vice-versa). This means that you could grow a sativa strain and end up with a plant with an indica effect.

For a quick look, here’s an infographic you can use and save to your computer or smartphone …

What Condition - Which Strain?
A guide for strains and which conditions they are good for.

There are also some great, lesser-known, underground breeders that we may not know of, or who are local to whatever area you’re from. We recommend supporting your local coops, growers and businesses wherever possible.


Cannabis plant

Breeder Strain Genetics Effects & Use
Ace/Cannabiogen Pakistan Chitral Kush Chitral x Hindu Kush x Pakistan Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Stress, insomnia, pain, muscle spasms, inflammation.
Afropips Seeds Fast Blast Iran x Blueberry Euphoric, relaxed, sleepy. Pain, stress, depression, insomnia.
Barneys Farm Violator Kush Malana x Hindu Kush Relaxed, happy, sleepy, euphoric. Pain, insomnia, depression.
BC Bud Depot CBD God Bud BC God Bud x Harlequin Relaxed, happy, euphoric. Pain, stress, muscle spasms.
Bodhi Seeds Cougar’s Milk Socal Master Kush x Appalachia Relaxed, euphoric. Stress, focus.
Cali Connection Pre-98 Bubba Kush Hindu Kush Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Insomnia, pain, stress, headaches, depression.
CBD Crew Seeds Critical Mass Afghan x Skunk No. 1 Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Pain, stress, depression.
CH9 Seeds Chemdog Ultimate Chemdog x Vintage 2006 Relaxed, sleepy. Pain, muscle spasms.
Chimera Seeds Schnazzleberry No. 2 The Dom x Blueberry Relaxed, sleepy, weightless. Pain, insomnia, muscle spasms.
DJ Short Blueberry Thai x Afghan Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Stress, pain, depression.
DNA Genetics Cataract Kush LA Confidential x OG Kush Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Stress, depression, pain, nausea.
Dr. Atomic Northern Lights No. 5 Northern Lights No. 5 Happy, focused, uplifted, relaxed. Stress, pain, depression, eye pressure.
Dutch Passion Seeds Blue Moonshine Blueberry x Afghani Sleepy, relaxed, weightless. Pain, insomnia, inflammation.
Emerald Triangle Seeds Blackberry OG Black Domina x Very Berry x Lost Coast OG Relaxed, euphoric, happy, uplifted. Pain, stress, muscle spasms.
Flying Dutchmen Dutch Delight Big Bud x Skunk x Afghani Sleepy, relaxed. Pain, insomnia, muscle spasms.
Green House Seeds King’s Kush OG Kush x Grape Ape Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Pain, stress, lack of appetite.
Holy Smoke Kong Motavation x White Russian Relaxed, euphoric, tingly. Pain, stress, insomnia, nausea, depression.
Homegrown Fantaseeds Master Kush Hindu Kush x Hindu Kush Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Insomnia, depression, headaches.
Jordan of the Islands God Bud Unknown x Hawaiian x Purple Skunk Relaxed, happy, euphoric. Pain, stress, insomnia, depression.
Karma Genetics C99 X Biker Kush Cinderella 99 x Hell’s Angel OG Relaxed, sleepy, euphoric, happy, tingly. Pain, stress, depression, insomnia, nausea.
Kiwi Seeds Alegria Unknown (20% sativa, 80% indica) Uplifting, happy. Anxiety, depression
Mandala Seeds Hashberry Unknown. Cross between a US and Indian indica. Relaxed, euphoric, happy, uplifted, sleepy. Pain, stress, insomnia, lack of appetite, inflammation.
Mr. Nice Seeds Medicine Man aka White Rhino Brazilian Sativa x Indian Indica (White Widow) x Afghani Relaxed, happy, uplifted, tingly, sleepy. Stress, pain, depression, nausea, insomnia.
Nirvana Seeds Ice Afghani x Skunk x Northern Lights x Shiva Relaxed, happy, euphoric, sleepy, hungry. Stress, depression, lack of appetite.
Paradise Seeds Sensi Star Unknown (Afghani?) Relaxed, happy, sleepy, euphoric, uplifted. Pain, stress, insomnia, depression, muscle spasms.
Reeferman Seeds Mighty Mite Kootnay Mountain Mighty Mite Relaxed, happy, sleepy, euphoric. Pain, insomnia.
Reserva Privada Seeds (DNA Genetics) Purple Wreck Purple Urkle x Train Wreck Relaxed, happy, euphoric, uplifted, focused. Stress, depression, insomnia, nausea.
Resin Seeds Hammershark Dieseltonic x Shark Shock Relaxed, euphoric, happy, focused, uplifted. Stress, pain, depression, inflammation, nausea.
Royal Dutch Genetics Strawberry Kush Kalifornien x OG Kush Happy, relaxed, euphoric. Pain, stress, depression, lack of appetite.
Sagamartha Seeds Matanuska Tundra Matanuska Thunder Fuck Euphoric, happy, energetic, uplifted, creative. Stress, pain, depression, fatigue.
Sannies Seeds Herijuana Petrolia Headstash x Killer New Haven Relaxed, sleepy, happy, euphoric, hungry. Pain, insomnia, stress, depression, inflammation.
Seedsman Seeds Mazari Mazar I Sharif Relaxed, happy, creative, sleepy, uplifted. Pain, stress, lack of appetite, insomnia.
Sensi Seeds Black Domina Afghan x Ortega x Northern Lights x Hash Plant Relaxed, sleepy, euphoric, happy. Insomnia, stress, pain.
Serious Seeds Warlock Afghani x Skunk No. 1 Happy, relaxed, focused, euphoric, uplifted. Stress, pain, depression, inflammation, muscle spasms.
Soma Seeds Somango Big Skunk Korean x Jack Herer Relaxed, sleepy, hungry, uplifted, creative. Stress, insomnia, pain, muscle spasms, depression.
Spice of Life Donk Unknown x Blue Satellite Uplifted, euphoric, relaxed. Depression, anxiety, stress.
Sweet Seeds Cream Caramel Bluback x Maple Leaf Indica x White Rhino Relaxed, happy, sleepy. Stress, insomnia, fatigue, muscle spasms.
TGA Subcool Deep Purple Purple Urkle x Purple Querkle Relaxed, euphoric, sleepy. Pain, stress, inflammation.
T.H. Seeds Bubblegum Indiana Bubblegum Happy, relaxed, euphoric. Stress, pain, depression.
Tom Hill Deep Chunk Afghani Relaxed, happy, euphoric, uplifted, sleepy. Insomnia, pain, stress, eye pressure, fatigue.
Underground Originals Smile Unknown Relaxed, happy, euphoric. Depression, anxiety.
World of Seeds Afghan Kush x Yumbolt Afghan Kush x Yumbolt Sleepy, relaxed, happy. Pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, nausea.

Sativa Strain

Breeder Strain Genetics Effects & Use
Ace/Cannabiogen Vietnam Black x Thai Vietnamese x Highland Thai Stimulating, energetic, uplifted. Fatigue, depression.
Afropips Seeds Malawi Gold Malawi Gold Relaxed, focused, energetic, uplifted, euphoric. Stress, fatigue, pain, headaches.
Barney’s Farm Acapulco Gold Acapulco Gold – Mexican Sativa Happy, uplifted, euphoric, energetic, creative. Stress, depression, fatigue, muscle spasms.
Bodhi Seeds Big Sur Holy Bud Californian Sativa Happy, uplifted, relaxed, creative, euphoric. Stress, depression, nausea, muscle spasms.
CBD Crew Seeds Medi Haze Super Silver Haze x Neville’s Haze Relaxed, uplifted, happy, energetic, focused. Pain, stress, inflammation, depression, nausea.
DJ Short F13 Thai x Mexican x Afghani Uplifted, energetic, euphoric. Depression, stress, focus.
DNA Genetics Cannalope Haze Haze Brothers Original Haze x Mexican Haze Happy, uplifted, energetic, euphoric. Stress, depression, pain, nausea, fatigue.
Dr. Atomic Atomic Haze Northern Lights x Cambodian x Super Silver Haze Relaxed, happy, talkative, energetic. Depression, stress, nausea, pain, eye pressure.
Green House Seeds Super Lemon Haze Lemon Haze x Super Silver Haze Happy, energetic, uplifted, focused, euphoric. Stress, fatigue, pain, depression.
Holy Smoke Bhutanese Thimphu Bhutanese Thimphu Euphoric, uplifted, happy. Depression, fatigue, anxiety, inflammation, spasticity, muscle spasms.
Homegrown Fantaseeds SPR Haze Amnesia x Unknown Indica Relaxing, uplifted, euphoric. Stress, focus, inflammation.
Jordan of the Islands The Purp Mendocino Purps Relaxed, euphoric, uplifted, happy, sleepy. Stress, depression, pain, insomnia, fatigue.
Karma Genetics AG13 x Biker AG13 Haze x Biker Kush Happy, euphoric, relaxed, energetic, uplifted. Stress, pain, depression, headaches, fatigue.
Kiwi Seeds Congo Haze Red Congolese x Neville’s Haze Focused, uplifted, energetic, creative, happy. Nausea, cachexia, tension, muscle spasms.
Mandala Seeds Beyond the Brain Colombia/Haze x Satori Energetic, chatty, uplifted, creative. Depression, tension, anxiety.
Mr. Nice Seeds Super Silver Haze/Mango Haze Haze x Skunk No. 1 x Northern Lights Happy, uplifted, euphoric. Anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress.
Positronics Seeds Grapefruit Cinderella 99 x Unknown Sativa Happy, energetic, uplifted, euphoric, creative. Stress, depression, pain, fatigue, headaches.
Reeferman Seeds Nepalese Highland Nepali IBL Happy, relaxed, uplifted, euphoric, giggly. Stress, fatigue, depression, nausea, insomnia.
Reserva Privada Seeds Silver Kush Silver Bubble (SSH x Bubblegum) x OG No. 18 Relaxed, happy, uplifted, creative, giggly. Stress, depression, fatigue, eye pressure, pain.
Resin Seeds Critical Haze Critical Mass x Afghan Haze Happy, euphoric, hungry, uplifted, euphoric. Stress, depression, insomnia, lack of appetite, pain.
Sagamartha Seeds Western Winds (Kali Mist phenotype) Unknown Sativa Happy, uplifted, creative, energetic, focused. Cramps, spasticity, depression, fatigue.
Sam the Skunkman Original Haze x Skunk No. 1 Haze x Skunk No. 1 Electric, uplifting, energetic. Focus, motivation.
Sannies Seeds Sannie’s Jack Jack Herer (Haze x Northern Lights x Shiva Skunk) Uplifted, happy, energetic, creative, euphoric. Stress, pain, fatigue, headaches, depression.
Seedsman Seeds Early Durban Durban Poison x Skunk No. 1 Uplifted, euphoric, energetic, happy, creative. Stress, pain, fatigue, headaches, depression.
Sensi Seeds Ed Rosenthal Super Ball African x Afghani x Hindu Kush x Thailand x Mexican x Jamaican Euphoric, tingly, uplifted, relaxed, happy. Stress, pain, depression, headaches, muscle spasms.
Soma Seeds Amnesia Haze Afghani x Hawaiian x Southeast Asian x Jamaican x Cambodian Thai x Haze Energetic, relaxed, happy, uplifted. Stress, pain, depression, fatigue, insomnia.
Serious Seeds Kali Mist Unknown Sativa Happy, uplifted, creative, energetic, focused. Cramps, spasticity, depression, fatigue.
SnowHigh Seeds Lambsbread x Panama Red Jamaican Lamb’s Bread x Panama Red Uplifted, energetic, focused, creative, euphoric. Depression, fatigue, lack of appetite.
Spice of Life Blue Satellite Blueberry Sativa x Sweet Tooth No. 3 Happy, euphoric, creative, uplifted, relaxed. Stress, depression, pain, nausea, lack of appetite.
TGA Subcool Nurse Jackie Medicine Woman x Jack the Ripper (Jack Herer hybrid) Energetic, happy, euphoric, uplifted. Pain, stress, headaches, inflammation, muscle spasms.
T.H. Seeds S.A.G.E. Unknown Haze x Afghani Happy, relaxed, focused, euphoric, uplifted. Stress, depression, pain.
Tom Hill Haze Original Haze (Mexico x Colombia x Thailand x India) Euphoric, energetic, uplifted, happy. Stress, pain, depression, fatigue, lack of appetite.
Underground Originals Oldtimes ES x ESB x Blueberry Euphoric, relaxed, talkative, uplifted. Stress, anxiety, depression.
World of Seeds Columbian Gold Santamarta Sativa Euphoric, relaxed, energetic, creative, uplifted. Pain, lack of appetite, stress, depression, inflammation.

Indica-Sativa Hybrids

Indica, Cannabis Strains, Medical Marijuana

Breeder Strain Genetics Effect & Use
Big Buddah Cheese Skunk No. 1 x Afghani (Exodus Cheese) Relaxed, uplifted, hungry, euphoric. Stress, pain, depression, insomnia, lack of appetite.
CH9 Seeds Blue Lemon Thai Lemon Thai x Toxic Blue Relaxed, uplifted, creative, euphoric. Fatigue, stress, focus.
Chimera Seeds C4 Cotton Candy Kush x Shishkaberry Relaxed, uplifted, focused, happy, euphoric. Fatigue, stress, pain, headaches, depression.
DJ Short Azure Haze (Blue Dream) Blueberry x Super Silver Haze Relaxed, uplifted, euphoric, dreamy. Depression, anxiety, stress.
Mandala Seeds 8 Miles High African Sativa x Indian Indica Relaxed, uplifted, talkative. Stress, depression, anxiety.
Mr. Nice NL5 x Haze Northern Lights No. 5 x Haze Happy, energetic, uplifted, energetic, relaxed, focused. Stress, depression, fatigue, pain, inflammation.
Resin Seeds Cannatonic MK Ultra x G13 Haze Relaxed, happy, uplifted, focused. Pain, stress, inflammation, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety.
Sannies Seeds Cheeseberry Haze Blue Cheese x Lady Cane (Super Silver Haze x G13) Relaxed, uplifted, dreamy. Stress, anxiety.
Serious Seeds White Russian AK-47 x White Widow x White Widow Relaxed, uplifted, creative, euphoric, sleepy. Stress, pain, depression.
Soma Seeds NYC Diesel Mexican Sativa x Afghani Happy, uplifted, euphoric, relaxed, energetic. Anxiety, depression, pain, stress, fatigue, inflammation.
TGA Subcool Jilly Bean Orange Velvet x Space Queen Happy, uplifted, relaxed, euphoric, creative. Stress, depression, cramps, nausea.
Underground Originals The Blues The Blues x Killerskunk (The Blues x Smellyberry) Relaxed, uplifted, creative, focused. Anxiety, depression, stress.


Expert’s tip

As far as using any one of the above strains, we would recommend vaporizing most as it gives the most direct and controllable method of ingestion. Tinctures, edibles and “dabbing” of concentrates are fine for medical use, but we would recommend to ingest using these methods in small amounts, as well as slowly and at longer intervals, due to the fact that they produce much stronger effects. Sativa-dominant strains are best vaporized. Those looking to get a more “pure” sativa high ought to avoid consuming any CBD-rich strains beforehand.


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