Getting stoned, getting high, getting baked-all slang words for the same thing. Marijuana has the ability to relax the mind and (if used incorrectly) to cloud it. Weed can also relax the body and ease pain, but if used incorrectly, can seriously impair motor skills.


Different strains of medical cannabis have different effects on the body and mind-this is the main reason that “bud tenders” at medical MJ dispensaries recommend different strains for different MMJ patients.

Here are five different strains of medical-grade marijuana and how they affect the mind and body. We chose strains of different varieties of marijuana, some indica, some sativa, some blends, to showcase the varied effects of marijuana strains on the mind and body.

1. Blue Dream

Details: Heavily sativa dominant with a trace of indica, Blue Dream gets its name from the dark green appearance of the leaves under heavy trichomes.

Medical uses: The best med of all for insomnia-also a good “baseline” med for pain patients, requiring very little additional breakthrough treatment.

Review: Blue Dream is always a popular choice at dispensaries for its unique looks. Definitely a nighttime med-most often recommended by budtenders for pain patients and people with sleeping trouble.

2. Green Crack

Details: Don’t let the name put you off, this light green/orange/blueish indica/sativa med is sweet with an intense body effect.

Medical uses: The heavy blend of sativa in this strain makes it ideal for people dealing with chronic pain or patients using MMJ for depression or other mental health issues.

Review: A short-acting med, Green Crack is ideal for a “middle of the day” dose, particularly for pain patients who want a breakthrough pain treatment.

3. White Berry

Details: Intensely purple-colored, 90% indica 10% sativa. This is the hybrid to beat all hybrids, with a beautiful look to the plant that attracts patients directly to this strain.

Medical uses: Relieves muscle spasms and muscle pain. Perfect for patients with restless leg syndrome or other ailments of the muscular system.

Review: An easy “A” rating for this indica-dominant strain. Best as a nighttime medication, as it can have intense effects on both the mind and body, typical for a hybrid.

4. A-Train

Details: Pure powerful indica. A cross of the ever-popular Trainwreck and an Afghani plant. A spicy flavor with citrus undertones, you get everything that’s great about indicas with A-Train.

Medical uses: Appetite enhancer, reduces ocular pressure. The perfect plant for people suffering from glaucoma or other eye problems, as well as for chronically ill patients with appetite problems.

Review: A real award-winner, this indica is everything indica is supposed to be. Difficult for MMJ dispensaries to keep in stock. High Times Top Ten Strain of the Year winner, 2009.

5. Canna Sutra

Details: Sativa dominant. Incredibly sweet, citrusy smoke. Reported aphrodisiac qualities. High “marijuana” taste with heavy lemon undertone.

Medical uses: Sexual aid, mood elevator, bronchial dilator. Often prescribed to people suffering from asthma for use in a smokeless vaporizer.

Review: One of the favorite smokes of bud tenders everywhere, this sativa surprises patients who prefer indica meds. The hint of purple in the leaves makes this a quick sellout in most dispensaries.