Florida, like most of the world, is currently on lockdown hoping to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this pandemic, many places like restaurants, shopping malls, and parks have been shut down until further notice. Citizens have been asked to stay inside their homes unless it is necessary for them to leave and only essential companies have been granted permission to stay open for business.
However, staying inside has been proven to be more difficult than most people seemed to imagine. The daily routine most of us are used to has been flipped upside down and there is uncertainty about when the lockdown will be over so society can go back to functioning as usual.
Quarantining and Social Distancing
Quarantine and practicing social distancing differ in a few ways:
- Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren’t yet showing, symptoms of sickness.
- Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about.
By including these practices in your routine, you are helping to fight the virus and your actions will greatly and positively affect your community. Even if you are asymptomatic, you can still be a carrier of the coronavirus. Protecting those who are immunocompromised and most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.
Experts have advised that people should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible. This includes not going to the gym, canceling non-essential appointments, postponing birthday parties and large family gatherings, and maintaining a healthy separation between you and the public when visiting essential businesses.
MMJ Deemed an Essential Service
Luckily for medical marijuana patients, Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) have been deemed an essential service and they are to be treated like retail pharmacies according to the state statute. Many of these dispensaries are taking enhanced measures to sanitize their stores and to practice social distancing to ensure the safety of their patients.
Physicians offices have been allowed to stay open for appointments and they can see established patients through telemedicine appointments as well. Many of the dispensaries use delivery services to get medication to patients, as well as offer drive-through windows or online ordering and pickup at the stores.
To help you get through the Stay-At-Home Order put into place, we have compiled a list of medical marijuana strains that will ease your symptoms and keep you sane.
Stress & Anxiety
During a pandemic, stress and anxiety levels are at an all time high. With a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds for society combined with being cooped up inside all day people are finding it harder and harder to manage their mental health. Marijuana is a great way to manage stress and wipe away feelings of anxiety.
CBD takes the wheel with ACDC, guiding you toward a calm and centered headspace without that strong psychoactive high. ACDC is a sativa-dominant phenotype of the high-CBD cannabis strain Cannatonic with a remarkably high CBD:THC ratio.
This strain induces little-to-no intoxicating effects and helps many patients treat various ailments like pain, anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the negative effects of chemotherapy, all with a clear head. Find space to relax and breathe and as you inhale and exhale the soothing gifts ACDC has to offer. 
Available at: MUV and Columbia Care.
Harlequin is a 75/25 sativa-dominant strain known for its noticeable amounts of CBD. A descendant of Colombian Gold, a Nepali indica, and Thai and Swiss landrace strains, Harlequin provides clear-headed, alert sativa effects.
Harlequin’s high levels of CBD make this strain one of the most effective out there for treatment of anxiety, as CBD can counteract THC’s paranoia. Flavors can range from earthy musk to sweet mango, but without a doubt, what draws crowds to Harlequin is its ability to relaxwithout sedation and to relieve without intoxication. 
Available at: Trulieve
Since gyms, parks, and trails have been closed many people are finding it difficult to stay active and exercise during this time. When you cannot keep your body active and healthy, chronic pain levels tend to rise. Since it is a great pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, marijuana has been a great tool for people to manage unbearable symptoms.
Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that crosses Blueberry with Haze. Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration that eases you gently into a calm euphoria.
With a sweet berry aroma redolent of its Blueberry parent, Blue Dream delivers swift symptom relief without heavy sedative effects. This makes Blue Dream a popular daytime medicine for patients treating pain, depression, nausea, and other ailments requiring a high THC strain. 
Available at: Fluent, Liberty Health Sciences, MedMen, Rise, and Curaleaf.
GDP is one of the most well known indica strains. It is a cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. Its potent effects are detectable in both mind and body. The high amounts of myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene deliver a cerebral high and physical relaxation that nips away pain and relaxes the body. 
Available at: Surterra, Columbia Care, MedMen, Trulieve, and Fluent.
Self-isolation can also really take a toll on a person’s mental health. Human beings thrive off of social interaction and by not being able to spend time with loved ones while being stuck inside is resulting in depression episodes. Marijuana is an effective way to manage symptoms of depression and lighten one’s mood.
Known as Chem Dog, Chem D, ChemDawg, and Chemhund, this strain is a go-to for patients looking for overall body relief. Chemdog is famous for its distinct, diesel-like aroma that is so pungent and sharp, you’ll be able to smell this strain from a mile away.
Cannabis newbies be warned: Chemdog tends to be very potent. Consumers can expect to have a cerebral experience, coupled with a strong heavy-bodied feeling because of the high amounts of limonene, caryophyllene, and beta-myrcene. 
Available at: One Plant, MUV, Liberty Health Sciences, GrowHealthy and Trulieve.
Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant strain that combines a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross. Sensi Seeds created Jack Herer hoping to capture both cerebral elevation and heavy resin production.
Jack Herer was created in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, where it was later distributed by Dutch pharmacies as a recognized medical-grade strain. Since then, this spicy, pine-scented strain has taken home numerous awards for its quality and potency. Consumers typically describe this 55% sativa hybrid as blissful, clear-headed, and creative. 
Available at: Curaleaf, Fluent, Trulieve and MUV.
Having trouble thinking of ways to spend your time during quarantine? A little bit of creativity might help! These strains are recommended for getting those creative juices flowing and to help you think of fun ways to get through the Stay-At-Home order.
Gelato (also referred to as “Larry Bird”) is a hybrid cannabis strain from Cookie Fam and Sherbinski, that is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC.
Novice consumers may want to approach this THC powerhouse with caution, but those armed with a high tolerance will delight in Gelato’s heavy-handed euphoria. Physical relaxation comes on strong, but many find themselves still mentally agile enough to stay productive and creative when enjoying Gelato during the day. 
Available at: The Botanist, Liberty Health Sciences, Surterra, and Curaleaf.
Among the most famous strains worldwide is White Widow. This balanced hybrid, first bred in the Netherlands by Green House Seeds, is a cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian indica.
A powerful burst of euphoria and energy breaks through immediately, resulting in both conversation and creativity. 
Available at: Curaleaf, MedMen, and Liberty Health Sciences.
Overall, the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected each and every one of us in ways we could not have imagined. If you are stuck at home dealing with chronic pain flare ups, PTSD episodes, migraines, or any of the other conditions that qualify you for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation consider becoming a patient.
Our staff of compassionate and educated Florida State Qualified Medical Marijuana Doctors have been deemed essential during this time and are actively seeing both new and established patients.