While there are many great strains of medical cannabis in Maryland, here are the top 3; chosen for their popularity and commonality at local dispensaries.
Also known as C99 or “Cindy,” Cinderella 99 is a sativa-dominant cannabis hybrid renowned for its cerebral high and pleasant, fruity flavor. Mr. Soul of Brothers Grimm Seeds created the strain utilizing seeds from a Sensi branded, 2-gram package of Jack Herer from an Amsterdam coffee shop.
C99 is especially popular with growers who rely on indoor operations. The plant itself is exceptionally short and bushy and produces high yields within a very short flowering time. THC content can run up to 23% and results in a strain whose effects are commonly referred to as uplifting, dreamy, and euphoric. Cinderella 99 tastes primarily of citrus, but most users also report detecting sweet and earthy undertones to the flavor.
Cinderella 99 tends to produce an uplifting and euphoric effect in users. Most patients who opt for this strain report feeling more happy, relaxed, and energetic after smoking. Many medical users refer to C99 as a “thinker” strain; it can lead to visual and auditory distortions if not dosed correctly but can offer incredible nerve and energy effects.
Medical conditions Cinderella 99 is used to treat
Because of its uplifting effects, patients experiencing mood disorders or who struggle with stress and depression often turn to C99 for emotional relief. The strain can also help combat the pain and fatigue that can come along with various mental and physical illnesses. In some cases, Cinderella 99 has been known to help ease nausea.
If you’ve ever wondered what makes cannabis smell the way it does, myrcene and linalool are to blame. With its spicy and floral notes, this terpene is one of the most abundant in the majority of strains out there and, together with myrcene produces that pungent and spicy scent. Linalool is great for patients suffering from arthritis, depression, seizures, insomnia and even cancer.
Some well-known linalool strains are Cinderella 99, Amnesia Haze, Special Kush, Lavender, LA Confidential, and OG Shark.
- Strain– Sativa-dominant hybrid
- Effects– Uplifting, produces feelings of happiness and euphoria
- Flavors– Primarily citrus with earthy and sweet undertones
- Medical conditions– Depression, pain, fatigue
Girl Scout Cookies
The nitty gritty
Girl Scout Cookies is technically an outdated moniker– most dispensaries now refer to the strain simply as GSC. GSC is a sativa-hybrid cross, initially created in California, between OG Kush and Durban Poison. The strain’s soaring popularity and an ever-increasing demand have lead GSC to become one of the most easily-accessible strains of cannabis available.
GSC aroma is sweet and earthy; most users report a flowery flavor to it, as well. It doesn’t take much to start feeling its effects. Several Cannabis Cup awards have gone to GSC for its THC heights; it’s ideal for patients with conditions which fail to respond to more mild strains.
Girl Scout Cookies is much like Cinderella 99 in its effects. It’s a strain widely-lauded for success in treating chronic pain. Inflammation, muscle tension, and cramps are all no match for GSC. Because it has exceptionally sedative properties, it’s also ideal for those who suffer from anxiety or have trouble sleeping.
Many medical cannabis users look to GSC for stress relief. Those who are generally unable to relax due to pain or anxiety typically have great success in utilizing GSC to treat those issues.
Medical conditions ideal for treatment with Girl Scout Cookies
Those who suffer from depression and anxiety often rely on GSC to help ease negative thoughts and return to a point of emotional balance. The strain is also ideal for those who suffer from chronic, persistent pain– although some prefer C99’s effects on pain over GSC’s. Those struggling with insomnia or lack of appetite also make great candidates for this strain.
Humulene is the first terpene found in hops and its aroma is made up of earthy, woody and spicy notes full of many medical properties. Humulene has proved to be effective in suppressing appetite, which can be used as a potential weight loss tool, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and fights bacterial infections.
You can find humulene in strains like Girl Scout Cookies, White Widow, Headband, Sour Diesel, Pink Kush and Skywalker OG.
- Strain– Sativa-dominant hybrid
- Effects– Uplifting, produces euphoria, makes relaxation easier, increases creativity
- Flavors– Sweet, earthy, and flowery
- Medical conditions– Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, nausea
The nitty gritty
Birthday Cake is also referred to as Pink Cookies, Wedding Cake, and Birthday Cake Kush. The strain is an indica-dominant hybrid that produced strong body effects. Girl Scout Cookies is actually one of Birthday Cake’s parent strains– the other being Cherry Pie– and it’s easy to see aspects of GSC come through this strain.
Because Birthday Cake leans on such popular genetics, its creators managed to achieve a dynamic taste and balanced relief for a number of symptoms. The strain is often lauded for being well-rounded– especially for patients suffering from multiple or complex conditions. Birthday Cake is primarily sweet-tasting, with an earthy vanilla flavor lingering throughout use.
The high produced by this strain tends to take effect more quickly than the high from others. Its primary benefit lies in its ability to produce strong sensations of relaxation and happiness. Because of this, Birthday Cake is ideal for patients who are under high stress or may suffer from anxiety disorders.
It only makes sense that an indica-dominant strain would also leave patients feeling a little sleepy. Anybody struggling with insomnia or racing thoughts stands to benefit from taking a look at Birthday Cake. The indica side of the strain tends to kick in fully within an hour of medicating; patients may feel happy or giddy before beginning to descend into relaxation.
Medical conditions that Birthday Cake can help treat
Birthday Cake can help users feel more levelheaded and lucid, which makes it ideal for treating attention deficit disorders. Unsurprisingly, especially when its parent strains are taken into account, it’s also an ideal strain for aiding those who suffer from anxiety and depression. Much like other indica-dominant strains, it can be a great relief to anybody struggling with insomnia.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. One study showed that myrcene makes up as much as 65% of total terpene profile in some strains. The smell of Myrcene is often earthy and musky – similar to cloves. Myrcene is claimed to be useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain, which is why it’s usually recommended as a supplement during cancer treatments.
Strains that are rich in myrcene are Birthday Cake, Skunk XL, White Widow, and Special Kush.
- Strain– Indica-dominant hybrid
- Effects– Relaxing, induces giddiness, produced feelings of euphoria, can make users sleepy
- Flavors– Sweet, vanilla, earthy
- Medical conditions– Attention deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, insomnia
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