Inflammation is the brain’s way of signalling to the immune system that an injury has taken place, or that some sort of injection is present. It also serves to protect damaged tissue while white blood cells heal the area. All in all, inflammation is an important bodily function that we all rely upon for our health and wellness.
Unfortunately, though, certain conditions can cause what is known as chronic inflammation. This is inflammation that is present for prolonged periods of time without any real reason. Chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and asthma can cause pain and other symptoms such as depression and insomnia.
Many patients who suffer from chronic inflammation conditions find that medical cannabis can afford them relief from the pain and the effects of the condition on their mood and overall wellbeing. This is just one of the reasons why medical cannabis is growing in popularity so rapidly across the United States.
However, different strains of cannabis can cause different effects. Each is designed specifically with key effects in mind. As a result, some are more suited to chronic inflammation than others, such as those listed below.
True OG is one of the most popular indica cannabis strains in America today. This isn’t surprising given its effects. Orinigally from the southern regions of California, the term “OG” refers to the fact that it is ocean grown.
This strain is a relative to perhaps the most popular cannabis strain, OG Kush, and this makes for a relaxing effect which is sure to benefit those suffering from inflammatory pain as well as stress and anxiety. The high level of THC in this strain makes it better suited to those who are seeking a strain which delivers a psychoactive experience while killing pain at the same time.
This strain designed by Elemental Wellness, has won the Cannabis Cup a grand total of seven times. It originates from the Topanga Canyon region of California, but has since then spread to the growing team at Elemental Wellness further north. Boasting a piney, earthy scent, this strain contains a high level THC level, so isn’t for the faint-hearted or the novice user. However, it’s effects are known to include significant pain relief, so it’s a great choice for chronic inflammation patients.
Anesthesia is a powerful, sedating indica-dominant hybrid carries the genetics of an Afghani indica and a Skunk hybrid. THC levels have been measured at 19% in some tests, putting this in the higher ranks of strong marijuana strains.
CBD numbers are harder to come by, but nothing suggests they’re especially high, so Anesthesia shouldn’t be used to treat seizures or other problems that are alleviated by CBD. Instead, this strain is an idea choice for chronic inflammation pains and everyday aches and is also thought to reduce depression which is associated with chronic inflammation. Outside Boulder, Col., this strain isn’t easy to find, though dispensaries might sell it in other parts of the American West.
Harle-Tsu is a cannabis strain which has been created by crossing the Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains, hence its name. It is quite a rare strain and is much loved for its extremely high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC. This makes it an excellent pain reliever for folks who are after a strain that packs an anti-inflammatory punch while maintaining minimal psychoactive effects. The flavor is as sweet as its aroma, with a citrus-like, herbal pine note. No wonder it’s so popular.
Anyone who suffers with chronic inflammation should consider using medical cannabis as an alternative treatment to conventional pharmaceuticals such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Although these medications can be effective, they often come with side effects which are much more severe than those caused by medical cannabis.
However, it is vital that patients consult with their doctors before trying medical cannabis for the first time. This is because researchers are still unclear on the ways that cannabis can interact with other medications.