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The conversation around cannabis has been heavily debated for decades and will most likely continue decades into the future. Cannabis or marijuana is essentially found in two categories – recreational and medical. Recreational cannabis has a high THC content which is the primary factor behind the feeling of being high and can cause you to laugh at pretty much anything. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, contains higher levels of CBD rather than THC. Usually, medical cannabis contains combinations of CBD and THC. The medical variety is used to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, and appetite loss. Under the medical marijuana category, there are a number of strains that can be found that help different conditions and ailments. So, what are the best strains of medical cannabis available today?

Blue Dream

Often referred to as the most popular medical marijuana strain, Blue Dream tops the list for the majority of users. It is a strain that combines both Indica and Sativa types of marijuana and is one of the most balanced options available. Blue Dream combines haze and blueberry and leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth – no matter how you consume it. The strain is best used at night as it puts you into a relaxed state of mind and allows you to rest after a tiring or hectic day. Blue Dream is quite a strong strain with about 2% CBD and 18% THC content but the combination is not excessively aggressive – perfect for beginners and long-time users equally.

Northern Lights

It isn’t often that the words ‘medicinal’ and ‘recreational’ can be used in the same sentence – and when they are, it is usually illegal. However, the Indica strain known as the Northern Lights is one of the best examples of how both recreational and medicinal marijuana can be good for you. Northern Lights was created in Seattle but has grown in popularity quickly and is today, one of the most used strains of cannabis in the world. Thanks to its high levels of CBD content, Northern Lights is perfect for insomnia, pain relief, and some mental conditions. With a subtle pine taste to it, Northern Lights is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and camping but is also great for relaxing at the end of a busy day.

Sour Diesel

Mental health has become a hot topic in the last few years and more people are looking to treat themselves or their loved ones without hesitation. If you are looking for a natural way to do that, the Sour Diesel medical cannabis strain is probably the best option for you. While the taste is far from enjoyable, Sour Diesel is designed to calm your mind and take you away from the challenges life has to offer. The biggest factor behind Sour Diesel’s ability to make you laugh is its potency. With a THC content of about 18% and a CBD content of just .2%, you know you won’t be worrying about a broken coffee mug or that tiny ding on your car door.

Black Magic Kush

Kush is generally a pure or hybrid Indica strain of medical marijuana that originated from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Today, Black Magic Kush is one of the most popular “kush” strains in the country. While the crystals in Black Magic are actually dark blue or dark purple, they almost look black – hence its name. Being a kush variant designed for medical use, Black Magic offers a beautifully mellow high and is perfect for a relaxing end to an intense day of work. Black Kush also works for people suffering from insomnia as it gently relaxes the mind and body. Anxiety patients have also found Black Magic Kush to be one of the best strains to relax their nerves and keep them calm in daunting times.

Dutch Treat

When it comes to smoking medical marijuana, the last thing you want to do is go through a couple of reefers before you start feeling the effects, right? Nor do you want to be consuming a handful of gummies or downing a couple of cans of soda. That is where Dutch Treat comes in. It is considered a one-and-done Sativa strain that offers quick relief from chronic pain and other conditions. Apart from being easily available in most dispensaries, Dutch Treat contains very low levels of THC so you don’t have to worry about feeling high all the time. The strain contains high levels of CBD though, about 8%, which gives it the one-and-done profile. Most cannabis edibles and creams don’t have those levels of CBD which is why Dutch Treat can target an ailment and offer relief with just a single puff.

LA Confidential

LA Confidential is one of the strongest Indica strains available in the country right now and has a reputation for putting anyone to sleep within a few minutes. Thanks to the high levels of limonene terpene found in the strain, LA Confidential is perfect for those people who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other mental conditions. It has a sweet minty taste and offers a deceptively strong high which makes it the best option for anyone looking to enjoy an hour-long peaceful nap or it can be consumed just before bedtime for a quick and disturbance-free rest.


Finding balance in life is what most people look for – Cannatonic can help you get there. It is the first hybrid strain to balance CBD and THC in equal parts of 1:1. This means that Cannatonic doesn’t only calm your mind but it also relaxes your body giving you a balanced high that is perfect for all types of conditions. However, it is the flavor of Cannatonic that has been its biggest selling feature. Although it is quite a strong strain, Cannatonic has subtle fruit flavors for a sweet sensation every time.

With these seven strains of medical marijuana topping lists in the United States of America, we will surely see a lot of happier and healthier patients in the near future. Now that it has become almost 100% legal in the country, the benefits of medical marijuana should be highlighted more, and people suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, and chronic pain should have the option to avoid chemically designed drugs to fight their ailments. And if it leaves them feeling more relaxed and happier in the process, who are we to stop them?