Scientific studies in the past decades have consistently shown that cannabis can be extremely effective at treating a wide range of medical conditions, including pain, nausea. anxiety and depression. Many people have root causes, like cancer, that cause a variety of related medical issues.
Cannabis contains over 119 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Many of these cannabinoids (like THC, THCV, and CBD) have been shown to be helpful with a wide array of medical conditions. THC is the compound that causes you to feel high, while CBD can calm the mind and ease pain but doesn't make you feel stoned. Cannabis strains produce concentrations of different cannabinoids at different rates so some strains will be more effective than others for treating your condition.
In this article, we look at some conditions that cannabis is effective at treating and then some of our favorite strains to help with that condition.
Anxiety & PTSD
Anyone who suffers from severe anxiety or PTSD can tell you how crippling it can be. The side effects of anxiety can negatively impact work and personal relationships. While it won't cure you, there are strains of cannabis to help calm anxious minds.
CBD has been shown in scientific studies to be helpful for anxiety. Strains that are high in THC can increase anxiety, but strains that are low in THC and high in CBD can relieve anxiety and PTSD. Balancing THC and CBD to a 1:1 ratio is good option to get the best of both worlds. Here are two strains that have worked well for people suffering from anxiety and PTSD.
Flowers from this strain can have up to 20% CBD and less than 2% THC, making it the highest CBD with the lowest THC on the market. If CBD works to relieve your symptoms but THC increases anxiety, this will make a great strain for you. Learn more about Candida on Seedsman.
2: Skunk Haze
This calming strain has a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD at around 10% each, so it will still get you high while helping keep you calm. The end results are buds with the aroma and flavor of spicy cedar wood alongside tones of citrus and pine. Learn more about CBD Skunk Haze on Seedsman.
We all know what pain is and none of us like it. Chronic pain sufferers have a persistent and painful condition over a long period of time. Since there are multiple root causes for pain, from injury to disease, there is no simple solution to the problem. The primary medical approach has been to prescribe addictive opiates, but this is not a tenable long term solution.
3: Raspberry Cough
This strain helps with pain and creates an extremely relaxing vibe without leaving you couch locked. It's a rare sativa dominant hybrid that has high levels of both THC and CBD. Learn more about Raspberry Cough on Seedsman.
4: Lithium OG Kush
Crossing OG Kush and Master Kush resulted in this indica-dominant strain that produces high levels of THC. While it does not produce very much CBD, the combination of high concentrations of THC with low CBD can be effective for the treatment of depression as well as pain and nausea. Learn more about Lithium OG Kush on Seedsman.
Depression is a common, but serious illness that causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Depression is treatable, and cannabis can play a role in that treatment.
5: Fruity Jack
We've done a full review of Fruity Jack, and it remains one of our favorite plants for medical uses. It has high THC (and CBD to help with a wide array of conditions. The smell and tastes are out of this world, and the effects are calm and mellow if left in flower long enough to develop CBD. Read our full review to learn more.
6: Grandaddy Purple
This classic strain was created by crossing Purple Urkle with Big Bud and results in a bushy plant tightly-spaced purple buds. Like a lot of the 'purple' strains, Grandaddy Purple can be effective at relieving the effects mild to severe depression and anxiety, as well as insomnia and pain. With THC levels measured up to 35%, this strain is not for the timid! Learn more about Grandaddy Purple on Seedsman.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a psychiatric disorder that causes problems of attention, hyperactivity and behavior control issues. While we often think of this as a childhood problem, this is not the case as a large number of adults suffer from ADHD. Strains of cannabis that are high in CBD with lower THC can help focus attention and reduce hyperactivity.
Nagual was the ancient spirit guide and shaman revered by the peoples of meso-america and can help improve focus and relieve other symptoms of ADD/ADHD. This spirited strain was created by crossing Sour Kush Diesel and Candida and produces THC:CBD at a 1:1 ratio to help calm the mind while giving you the focus like a shaman! Learn more about Nagual on Seedsman.
8: Green Doctor
This is another cross with Candida - coupled with the fact that Candida is also on our list should show you how much we believe in it. This one comes with a 1:2 THC:CBD ratio with a median 5% THC and 10% CBD to provide even more focus with a less intense level of THC. Learn more about Green Doctor on Seedsman.
Many medical related issues results in decreased appetite and whether it's cancer treatment, HIV/AIDs or Crohn's disease, the human body needs fuel to live and repair itself. Cannabis has long been used to help stimulate the appetite and here are two strains that could help increase appetite.
9: White Walker Kush
This new strain will help increase appetite with high levels of THC. DNA Genetics made this Sativa dominant hybrid by crossing their own Skywalker OG with a White Widow to produce buds with 24% THC that would stimulate your appetite without putting you to sleep. Learn more about White Walker Kush on Seedsman.
10: Forgotten Cookies
Here is another Sativa dominant hybrid that can increase your appetite but leave you energized. With the scent of sweet cookies and lime zest just the smell of the buds could be enough to get your appetite rolling! Learn more about Forgotten Cookies on Seedsman.