Cannabis is usually categorized into three categories—Sativa, Indica and Hybrid—whereby Sativa is stimulating, Indica is relaxing and Hybrid is somewhere in between. While it’s easy to categorize cannabis this way, it only describes the plant’s phenotype. In recent years, researchers have developed a more complete understanding of cannabis, particularly the terpenes that give cannabis its medicinal properties.

Terpenes—also known as essential oils—are found in all fruits, vegetables, and spices in nature. Cannabis produces over 200 of these terpenes, but only 30 are found in significant quantities. The most dominant terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, pinene, and terpinolene—while rarer terpenes include linalool, ocimene, and humulene. Each terpene produces unique physical and medicinal effects, giving each strain its distinct character.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider a strain's entire terpene profile, not just the phenotype. For instance, a patient suffering from fatigue or depression may use pinene and limonene dominant strains, while a patient treating hyperactivity and insomnia may use myrcene and linalool dominant strains. High CBD strains are often preferred by patients treating seizures, anxiety, and pain—as they offer relief with little to no psychoactive effect.


Types of Cannabis






Maryland Laws

You must be 18 years old. Minors must have at least one caregiver assigned to their account at all times. You must be registered with the MMCC as a patient and have a written certification from your physician. You may not travel outside Maryland with your cannabis. You may only purchase 120 grams of flower and 36 grams of THC during any single thirty-day period. You may not consume cannabis products in public. You should behave responsibly- this means no driving under the influence, no sharing your cannabis, don’t carry your cannabis in public, and do not mix your cannabis with alcohol or other drugs.

Know Your Limits

Everyone is different, which is why it’s important to know your limit. For new consumers, 1-5 mg is usually a good dose, while occasional consumers can tolerate 5-10 mg and frequent consumers can tolerate 10-25 mg. Always start with a low dose to avoid overconsuming. If you’re consuming cannabis orally, remember it can take up to 2 hours or more to take effect. While the vast majority of your cannabis experiences will be pleasant, here’s a handy guide to reference if you need to counteract a high that goes a little too far.

Maryland Regulations

Because medical marijuana is still relatively new in Maryland, it's important to stay current on the latest policy updates. For this reason, we recommend regularly checking the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission's Laws and Regulations page for the latest information.