Cannabis has been used as a treatment for various conditions since centuries. In today’s modern world, there are certain diseases which are not only deadly, but their treatments cause various side-effects to those suffering. One such deadly disease is cancer, whose total cure still remains unknown. Though there are a number of ways to treat cancer, including chemotherapy and opioids, there have some serious side effects on the patients. However, as research advances take place, there has been some evidence that medicinal cannabis can help alleviate cancer- related symptoms. In this article, we aim at understanding how marijuana helps treat cancer, and some of the best strains that the patients can use.
How does cannabis work for cancer patients?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an important part of the human body which helps regulate a number of biological activities within it. The endocannabinoids which are produced in our bodies, attach themselves to the receptors. As a result of this, the ECS triggers the release of cortisol, the hormone that regulates most of the body processes.
Cannabis has many active cannabinoids such as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), which attach themselves to the receptors of the ECS and help regulate bodily functions. On the reception of THC and CBD, the receptors release a number of hormones which help reduce pain, aid relaxation, increase the appetite, reduce inflammation, and so on. Since pain, nausea, and inflammation are the most common side-effects of cancer treatments, cannabis can help mitigate these among cancer patients. Additionally, since the traditional treatments for pain such as the opioid medications can be dangerous and addictive, and marijuana could be a better alternative.
Best strains for cancer-related symptoms
The following strains help cancer patients deal with these symptoms:
1. Strains for treating pain:
- Blackberry Kush: This is a THC-dominant indica strain. It helps alleviate pain, and can be consumed during the night, since it helps patients sleep.
- Harlequin: This strain can be used during the day since it is not a couch lock strain. It has higher levels of CBD, and therefore helps treat pain.
- Critical Mass: This strain has high levels of both CBD and THC, and helps alleviate pain. Should be consumed at night.
2. Strains for appetite loss:
- Granddaddy Purple: This strain has high THC content and should be consumed at night. Although it makes the user high, it helps stimulate appetite.
- Bubba Kush: Bubba Kush is a high THC strain, and is very well known for its appetite stimulating properties. However, it does have a couchlock effect, and therefore, should be consumed at night.
3. Strains for vomiting and nausea:
- Blueberry Diesel: Nausea is a very common side-effect of chemotherapy. This is a hybrid strain, and helps deal with an upset stomach. It also has the capability to uplift the mood. It is great for nausea, pain, as well as depression
- Northern Lights: This is a high THC content strain, which has stomach-calming properties. It is best consumed at night due to its couchlocking properties.
4. Strains for fatigue and depression:
- Pennywise: This strain has an equal proportion of CBD and THC. It has relaxing properties and makes the user feel clear headed instead of sleepy.
- Cinex: This is a high energy strain. It works great for fatigue, and helps the users cheer up. It also enhances creativity.
Word From HempStreet
As mentioned above, there are different strains with different CBD to THC ratios, which help target specific symptoms of cancer. If you think that the aforementioned cannabis strains can help alleviate your condition, you should contact your doctor in order to get a prescription. We advise against self-medication.