Cannabis Strains for Inflammation


The anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis are perhaps some of the most appreciated and useful benefits of the plant. Cannabis’s growing application in managing various conditions from arthritis to heart disease is often largely connected to the action of its chemical components in arresting inflammation. This quality is backed up by a wide array of scientific studies and testimonies from patients.

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Recommended Cannabis Strains for the Treatment of Pain Associated with Inflammation

L.A. Confidential (Indica)
LA Confidential is a reliable and popular indica. This strain produces nearly psychedelic effects and a powerful body high. Those new to cannabis should proceed with caution.
Though, this is a great choice for winding down after a stressful day at work. Medical consumers tend to like this strain for sleep and gastrointestinal issues. The potent heavy-bodied effects of LA Confidential tend to make pain disappear. Those under chronic stress may also find symptom relief with this strain.
THC 21% High
CBD 0.1% Low
Effects:

Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Psychedelic, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Depression, Gastrointestinal Disorder, Inflammation, Insomnia, Lack Of Appetite, Nausea, Pain, Stress
Terpenes:
Caryophyllene , Limonene , Linalool , Myrcene , Pinene
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Cinderella 99 (Mostly Sativa)
Cinderella 99 is a super potent sativa-dominant hybrid. Short,fast growing and resinous, this strain is most popular among growers and consumers alike. Pick up some Cindy when you need a daytime mood lift.
Patients tend to like this strain for stress, fatigue, depression, pain and migraines.
THC 22%
CBD 2%

Lineage Jack Herer Shiva Skunk
Effects:
Cerebral, Creativity, Energetic, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Psychedelic, Talkative, Uplifting
Medicinal Use:
ADD/ADHD, Anorexia, Anxiety, Depression, Lack of Appetite, Migraines, Pain, PTSD, Stress
Terpenes:
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Linalool, Pinene
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Cannatonic (High CBD Strain)
Cannatonic is a beautiful high-CBD hybrid with ample medical benefits. The strain does feature a little THC, but levels rarely reach over 6%. The CBD content, on the other hand, typically ranges between 6% and 17%. Cannatonic is an extremely relaxing strain without a long-lasting psychoactive high.
Rather, this strain produces a. calm, relaxed sensation. You may feel a gentle warming or tingling sensation as the body relaxes, but these are very pleasant and not disruptive. You may still feel a bit of THC's presence, but the higher the CBD content in your strain, the less noticeable it will be.
Effects:
Cerebral, Focus, Happiness, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Sociable, Tingly, Uplifting
Medical Uses
Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Arthritis, Bipolar Disorder, Cramps, Crohn's Disease, Depression, Epilepsy, Eye Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorder, Glaucoma, Headaches, Inflammation, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Muscular Dystrophy, Nausea, Pain, Parkinson's, Phantom Limb Pain, PMS, PTSD, Seizures, Spasticity, Spinal Cord Injury, Stress, Tourette's Syndrome
Terpenes:
Humulene , Linalool , Myrcene. Pinene
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Lavender (Mostly Sativa)
Bred by Soma Seeds, Lavender is a potent indica hybrid with plenty of calming and sedative effects. Often used for muscle spasms, this strain produces a powerful body-centered high. Patients tend to use Lavender for relief from stress conditions like PTSD. It also has had good results with easing muscle spasms and intense bodily pain. This strain will give you the munchies, so folks who struggle with appetite or anorexia may also enjoy this mellow, calming herb.
THC 19%
CBD 1%

Effects:
Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness,Hunger, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
ADD/ADHD, Anorexia, Depression, Insomnia
Lack Of Appetite, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Pain, PTSD, Stress
Terpenes:
Caryophyllene , Humulene , Linalool , Myrcene , Pinene
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Red Dragon (Mostly Sativa)
A taste of Red Dragon is like inhaling vaporized guava. The tropical incense aroma is the perfect complement to an upbeat yet deeply relaxing hybrid experience. Medical consumers often gravitate to Red Dragon for inflammatory conditions, migraines, and pain. Those who experience mood swings, anxiety, or are struck down by depression also appreciate the upbeat relaxation this strain provides.
THC 20%
CBD 1-5%

Lineage Brazilian, Afghani
Effects:
Euphoria, Giggly, Happiness, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Talkative, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation, Migraines, Nausea, Pain, Stress
Terpenes:
Caryophyllene , Humulene , Myrcene , Pinene , Terpinolene
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Shark Shock CBD (High CBD)
CBD Shark is an 80/20 indica-dominant cannabis strain that offers an equal ratio of THC and CBD, a cannabinoid combination that helps patients treat an array of symptoms like pain, anxiety, and inflammation without the overly intoxicating effects induced by many high-THC strains. This clear-headed hybrid descends from a Shark Shock indica, but as for its second parent, we can only be sure that it was some high-CBD variety. Its aroma is comprised of sweet notes of fruit accented by subtle hints of garlic and herb.
THC 5-10%
CBD 5%+

Effects:
Relaxed, Happy, Focused, Sleepy, Euphoric
Medical Uses:
Pain, Stress, Depression, Muscle Spasms, Fatigue
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Congo (Mostly Sativa)
Congo Feminised Seeds by the cannabis seeds breeder Ace Seeds, is a Photoperiod Feminised marijuana strain. This Feminised seed grows well in Indoors, Outdoors conditions. This strain has Bangi Congo X (Congo #3/Chitral indica) Genetics. The CBD content of the strain is Unknown.
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Somango (Mostly Indica)
Somango from Soma Seeds is a 75% indica strain bred by crossing Jack Herer, Super Skunk, and Big Skunk Korean. Formerly known as Soma #5, Somango was later renamed after its fruity mango aroma. Despite its heavy indica genetics, Somango’s effects are uplifting and cerebrally-focused. Creative minds will enjoy the clear-headed and functional euphoria brought about by Somango, allowing focus and productivity. Soma recommends cultivating Somango in indoor soil gardens with organic nutrients, and with a 9 to 10 week flowering time.
Effects:
Relaxed, Focused, Happy, Hungry, Euphoric
Medical Uses:
Pain, Stress, Depression, Lack of Appetite, Nausea
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CBD Skunk Haze (High CBD Hybrid)
CBD Skunk Haze Feminised by the cannabis seeds breeder CBD Crew, is a Photoperiod Feminised marijuana strain. This Indica / Sativa strain produces a Medium, High Indoor: 450 g/m2 yield. These seeds are ready to harvest in 10 Weeks in November. This Feminised seed grows well in Greenhouse, Indoors conditions. This strain has Skunk Haze Genetics. It has a Low (5-10%) THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is High (5% +).
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Great White Shark (Mostly Indica)
Great White Shark is a sativa that provides both a physical and mental experience. Though this strain features only moderate THC Levels, the effects are thought to be narcotic-like and perhaps a little psychedelic.
Medical cannabis patients often use this strain for relief from inflammatory illnesses, like arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Great White Shark is also popular for those under chronic stress or who need a pick-me-up for depression. As a precaution, the sedative effects of this strain make Great White best for afternoon or evening medication.
You can also find Great White Shark under the names 'Peacemaker' and 'White Shark'
THC 17%
CBD 0.2

Lineage Super Skunk Brazilian South Indian
Effects:
Cerebral Energetic, Euphoria, Happiness, Psychedelic, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Arthritis, Depression, Fatigue, Headaches, Inflammation, Migraines, Nausea, Pain, Stress
Terpenes:
Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene, Terpinolene
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One study, conducted by researchers at the Michigan State University indicated that smoking Cannabis helped to keep the levels of C-reactive protein -a substance linked to immune response inflammation- down. The researchers used data from more than 9000 people aged between 20 and 59, with varying histories of Cannabis use. Around 40% of the people who participated in the study said they had never used Cannabis while 48% had a history of Cannabis use but had not smoked in the last 30 days. The other 12% had smoked Cannabis at least once in the past 30 days. The CRP levels for Cannabis smokers was found to below the median levels of non-smokers (Alshaarawy & Anthony, 2015).

The unearthing of the purported connection between Cannabis use and CRP levels is a crucial step in understanding how the plant reduces inflammation but a lot of uncertainty remains on the exact mechanism. Recent scientific evidence has pointed to similar effects from the terpene beta-caryophyllene (E-BCP), which is found in high concentrations in essential Cannabis oils (Lovett, 2008).

This chemical, like CBD, binds to CB2 receptors, which are key to the controlling of inflammation. E-BCP and CBD, unlike THC do not bind to CB1, which are responsible for the psychoactive effects of Cannabis. This makes Cannabis treatments that are high in these two compounds ideal for patients who are keen to minimize the ‘high’ that comes with Cannabis.

Various other cannabinoids have been shown to contain anti-inflammatory properties and their combination in specific ratios with THC and CBD has been shown to produce accentuated effects. This provides an avenue for further research in producing progressively more effective strains, and which are tailored to individual patient characteristics (Nagarkatti, Pandey, Rieder, Hegde, & Nagarkatti, 2009).

Inhalation by way of vaping is understood to be the most effective technique for administering Cannabis particularly where fast relief is sought. It also has fewer and shorter lasting negative effects than edible Cannabis however ingestion through other means such as tinctures and infused oils may provide longer lasting relief throughout the day so long as a cautious approach to dosage is taken.

Alshaarawy, O. & Anthony, J. (2015). Cannabis smoking and serum C-reactive protein: A quantile regressions approach based on NHANES 2005–2010. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 147, 203-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.11.017

Lovett, R. (2017). Marijuana Has Anti-Inflammatory That Won’t Get You High. News.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 14 February 2017, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080624-marijuana.html

Nagarkatti, P., Pandey, R., Rieder, S., Hegde, V., & Nagarkatti, M. (2009). Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs. Future Medicinal Chemistry, 1(7), 1333-1349. http://dx.doi.org/10.4155/fmc.09.93

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