5 Medical Conditions Cannabis Can Help Relieve
Marijuana has often used as a recreational drug in the past, but with the increasing number studies proving its medicinal effects, more people are beginning to realize there is more to this plant than just getting high.
Here are just some of the medical conditions that cannabis has been known to treat:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cannabis contains medicinal properties that can help with anxiety-related disorders such as PTSD. A way for PTSD patients to overcome their condition is through a process called exposure therapy where the goal is to desensitize them of stimuli that cause the triggers.
The CBD in marijuana can help with this process by minimizing fear expression and disrupting memory reconsolidation bringing relief to patients whose memories cause them anxiety. You’ll want to consider marijuana strains that are high in CBD. It’s the non-psychoactive component of weed known for its medicinal properties and counteracts some of THC’s negative effects such as anxiety and paranoia.
A strain worth looking into for PTSD is Green Crack which has CBD levels of 4.75%-4.82% and THC levels of 17.07%-23.42%. Green Crack has a sweet, fruity flavor to it and gives a euphoric cerebral buzz, making you feel energized, focused, and inspired. It’s a sativa-dominant hybrid descendant from Skunk #1 that comes in tight nugs with bright orange hairs.
Patients who’ve used high CBD strains like Green Crack for their PTSD have experienced relief, with some saying that it’s helped them to slow down and think through their trauma instead of hiding from it.
- Headaches and Migraines
If you constantly suffer from painful headaches and migraines, then a puff of a specific marijuana strain with the right balance of THC and CBD may help. Studies have found that the two work together to make you feel relaxed and but not too intoxicated.
In one study conducted by the University of Colorado, results show that 40% of 121 patients cut down their migraine incidents into half after using marijuana for a month. They also found that inhaling marijuana resulted in more positive effects compared to edible marijuana.
A good strain to try for treating your migraines is Dream Queen which is a crossbreed between Blue Dream and Space Queen. As its name suggests, the strain puts you in a dream-like state without really putting you to sleep. It induces a strong cerebral high within the first 30 minutes followed by a full body relaxation without the strong couch lock. It’s also been known to relieve stress, nausea, and depression.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a condition characterized by the inability to focus, stay still, or be quiet. People with ADHD tend to be fidgety, hyperactive, and impulsive. Scientists suspect that this condition is a symptom of dopamine deficiency in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain.
Marijuana can help treat ADHD by restoring dopamine levels in the brain. Just make sure not to use it habitually as marijuana for ADHD can exacerbate symptoms. Pick a strain with a high CBD level such as Harlequin (5.25%- 11%). It gives you cerebral focus and euphoric stimulation along with some great analgesic effects. It’s a three-way cross between Thai, Colombian, and Swiss and a sativa-dominant hybrid which means you enjoy the energizing benefits without the brain fog.
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
UTI is a form of inflammation in the bladder walls causing extreme discomfort when urinating. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body and the THC and CBD in marijuana has been known to effectively activate the receptors (CB2) affected by UTI. The result is less inflammation, pain relief, and reduced swelling in the bladder. One 2014 study found that cannabinoid medications helped reduce pain and bladder inflammation in rodents.
Indica dominant strains are particularly effective at treating symptoms of UTI since they provide a soothing effect on pain. With this in mind, you may want to try the award-winning LA Confidential strain which is known for relieving pain and inflammation. It’s a cross between Afghani Iandrace and OG LA Affie and comes in a light green colour covered with orange hairs and white trichomes.
This indica has THC levels of 15%-18% and CBD levels of 0.10%-0.21%, and induces a deep body relaxation and a mellow psychedelic cerebral high. If you’re having difficulties falling asleep because of bladder pain, take this marijuana strain and it should relieve the pain making it easier for you to get some shuteye.
- Chronic Pain
Many people have turned to marijuana to treat chronic pain naturally instead of prescription narcotics which have the potential to lead to fatal overdoses. Both the THC and CBD in cannabis have analgesic effects which can be beneficial in treating all kinds of pain whether it’s nociceptive or neuropathic.
If you are currently taking opioids to treat the pain, marijuana can help reduce your dependency on the drug. A study by the University of Michigan found that those who used cannabis for chronic pain reduced their reliance on opioids by 64%.
To truly enjoy the benefits of marijuana for chronic pain, make sure to take it in low to moderate doses as too much could actually worsen it. Also, try to opt for indica strains as people have found these to be the most beneficial in treating pain. However, there are also 50 sativa/ 50 indica strains which perfectly blend the benefits of the two along with the right combination of THC and CBD levels.
One good example is ACDC which is one of the most effective pain killing strains in the market. Though it’s not indica dominant, it has the perfect balance of both sativa and indica with THC levels of 0.42% – 1.85% and CBD levels of 13%-29% giving it a strong analgesic effect without the psychoactive influence.
ACDC can be used for daytime or night time so you need not worry about feeling too hyper or falling asleep since this strain is practically THC-free which means it doesn’t affect your daily activities. It just makes you more capable of doing tasks without pain getting in the way.
What conditions do you have that marijuana has helped with? Share your thoughts in the comments.