Choosing the right seeds for you depends on five factors:
1) What are the desired medicinal and therapeutic effects you're seeking?
2) Are you planning to grow indoors or outdoors?
3) How important is a high yield?
4) How much space do you have?
5) How comfortable are you as a grower?
The answer to each of these questions will narrow down your choice and help you select the seed and strain that is right for you.
What are you looking for?
There are two primary types of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Beyond the plant genetics, there are ratios of THC and CBD to consider. Each gives a different experience and has different properties, so being aware of these factors can help you choose the strain that's right for your needs.
There are also differences in the ailments and symptoms that each strain is most effective at treating. Indica strains typically produce a sleepy, calming, relaxing effect while Sativas may give a boost to alertness, creativity, and sociability. And in between there are many different strains with hybrid Indica-Sativa genetics of various ratios.
These factors, combined with the ratios of THC and CBD, work together to create a therapeutic profile for each strain. Not only does each strain produce different effects, but each person desires something different from their medicinal cannabis. Knowing what you're looking for and your individual requirements will help you choose the right strain for your needs.
Inside or out?
Where you’re planning to grow your medicinal cannabis will affect the type of strain you choose. Some strains thrive in outdoor settings while others grow most readily in a climate-controlled, indoor environment. Knowing your local climate, soil, and amount of sunlight will also help you to decide where best to grow and which strains are best for your individual needs.
It should also be noted that cost may be a factor. Indoor growing setups can require a significant startup investment, so depending on your budget and location, you should consider all of these factors when choosing the strain that's right for your environment.
How much do you need?
Some plants give you more yield per square metre of space, and depending on your needs, that may be an important consideration as well. Do you need a high yield for regular consumption, or will a little go a long way?
Certain symptoms require regular dosing to control while other ailments can be treated successfully on an occasional or even once per day dosing schedule. There are strains that produce behemoth buds and can fill a suitcase with their yield while others are much more subdued in what they produce.
Every medicinal grower has different goals and needs. While the old adage that you can never have enough may ring true, it is worthwhile to consider your dosing needs when choosing which strain produces the appropriate yield for you.
Big isn't just about the yield you'll get from each plant. You also must consider just how much space you have (and how discreet you may need to be). Some plants are relatively small and can easily tuck into a closet or garden corner, while others can grow to truly towering heights if left to their own devices.
Whether you're in a small apartment or have acres of space to play with, there is a strain that's right for you. Knowing how much room you have to dedicate to your medicine will go a long way in shaping your decision of what you'd like to grow.
What kind of grower?
How experienced are you as a grower? How much time do you have to dedicate to setting up, caring for, and controlling the environment of your plants?
Every grower would love to have a crop of beautiful, healthy plants, but there are many ways to do this. Some strains require more direct intervention and continuous monitoring than others. Which seeds you choose will depend both on your available time as well as your comfort with doing what your plants need to make them grow and produce as you'd like.
Taking time to consider your level of commitment and what type of grower you are will help you select the right strain for you.