Cannabis Defined

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a family of flowering plants that belongs to the Cannabaceae family that has grown naturally in different areas of the world since the Ice Age. It is a natural herbal remedy with unique therapeutic qualities.

Flower or buds, as well as stalks, stems, seeds, oils, concentrates and resins from cannabis plants, can be used to provide safe and effective relief for patients suffering from a wide variety of debilitating medical conditions.

The Slater Center cultivates and crafts different plants and products to produce specific therapeutic effects. These effects can vary, depending on a number of factors, including: 

  • Strain (sativa, indica or hybrid)
  • Product (flower, edible, concentrate, topical, tincture)
  • Potency (THC/CBD percentages/ratios)

Quality and Consistency Matter

Purchasing your medical cannabis from a trusted source such as the Slater Center helps ensure consistency in the quality and effects of the medicine you use.


What are strains?

There are generally three varieties of cannabis, referred to as strains. Strains are distinguished by their chemical composition, including cannabinoids and terpenes, that determines the overall effect of a particular strain. The three main types of cannabis strains are Indica, Sativa and Hybrids. Learn more about each of them below.


Cannabis indica, a low-growing species with dense branches and broad leaves, is known for its calming, relaxing effect. This is a good choice for those with chronic pain and insomnia. insomnia and tension. It is generally recommended for use in the evening, since these medicines promote relaxation and may impact alertness and concentration.

Therapeutic benefits of indica may include:

  • General relaxation and muscle relaxant
  • Reduces spasms
  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Provides stress relief
  • Promotes sleep
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Relieves nausea
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces intraocular pressure
  • Reduces or prevents seizures


Cannabis sativa, known for its tall fibrous stem and distinctive narrow leaves, is considered to have a more energizing, uplifting effect without making you tired. This medicine can help improve attention, creativity and overall mood. Sativa is a good choice for those who need to medicate during the day and remain alert. It also can provide pain relief without making you tired. However, sativa can produce anxiety for some people, so it may not be an effective treatment for everyone.

Therapeutic benefits of sativa may include:

  • Improved general mood/outlook
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Better focus
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased appetite
  • Pain relief


Hybrids are cannabis plants that are crossbred to include various components from both indica and sativa, usually with one more dominant strain to produce the desired therapeutic results. CBD-dominant strains and those with a one-to-one ratio of CBD and THC may provide therapeutic benefits with fewer psychoactive effects of THC-dominant strains. THC-dominant strains may provide pain relief without the sedation of CBD strains.

Therapeutic benefits of these types of hybrids may include:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Anti-seizure (epilepsy)


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