Best Cannabis Strains for Cancer Patients
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Updated on August 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
If you have cancer, you may be qualified to get a medical marijuana card in your state. All it takes is an appointment with a marijuana doctor who can approve your condition. Once you have your card, you can take advantage of the many benefits cancer patients are finding for their debilitating symptoms.
But a visit to a dispensary could leave you confused. There are many cannabis strains to choose from, and you may be wondering which one is right for you. Read on to find out how certain strains can target the cancer symptoms you struggle with.
Marijuana Strains for Cancer-Related Symptoms
There are more than 100 forms of cancer, and each type produces its own set of side effects that vary in severity. However, there are common symptoms that many patients exhibit.
As the medical marijuana industry grows, cultivators are producing strains that can pinpoint specific symptoms. As these symptoms are alleviated, you’ll be able to live a happier and healthier life.
The most common use for cannabis medications is as an analgesic (pain reliever). Patients with cancer sometimes face excruciating pain. Medical marijuana contains CBD and THC, two cannabinoid compounds in cannabis that act as natural pain reducers. These compounds work together to bring incredible relief, even to patients with nerve pain.
- Blackberry Kush. This Indica strain is best used at night or on lazy days around the house. It’s high in THC and provides a tranquil feeling of euphoria.
- Harlequin. If you need to maintain a clear head, this sativa may be the right option. Equal levels of CBD and THC provide impactful medication.
- ACDC. This hybrid is sought after for its analgesic properties. It’s also perfect for avoiding the psychoactive side effects of THC.
Nausea and Vomiting
This symptom can keep cancer patients from living their lives to the fullest. Medical marijuana is proven to curb feelings of nausea and keep patients from vomiting. Whether it’s caused by chemo or the disease itself, cannabis can help. The presence of THC in a strain has been shown effective to treat this side effect.
- Super Lemon Haze. If you need to get up and around, this sativa is worth a try. It gives you the energy and takes away nausea.
- Northern Lights. If you prefer to relax, this indica will help you rest while eradicating your nausea.
- Blueberry Diesel. A hybrid that is the best of both worlds — it doesn’t push your energy and doesn’t make you sleepy.
Loss of Appetite
If left untreated, cancer can lead to cachexia, or wasting illness. Cancer patients undergoing treatments find it hard to eat. Medical marijuana helps kick your appetite into gear so you can keep your strength up. Usually, indica strains high in THC are best for this.
- Granddaddy Purple. A classic indica with a high THC content, this fruity strain will spur your appetite on.
- Skywalker OG. If you want to avoid the sleepy side effects, this hybrid can help.
Because of the nature of cancer, patients often struggle with depression. Severe mood changes are also a side effect of some medications. Medical marijuana helps improve a patient’s outlook and boost mood and energy. The pungent oil — or terpene — limonene is known to help depression.
- Super Silver Haze. Fights depression and provides a delightful citrus aroma.
- Chernobyl. No matter what time of day, this hybrid strain is sure to lift your spirits.
- Super Silver Haze. A sativa strain that provides invigoration and happiness.
Cancer patients need to feel well-rested and revitalized to fight the disease. Whether you need a good night’s sleep or a little boost to make it through the day, medical marijuana can help.
- Strawberry Cough. This hybrid is the kickstart you need. You’ll feel an instant boost to your energy level.
- Tahoe OG Kush. If it’s a good night sleep you’re looking for, this hybrid is the way to go. You’ll feel relaxed and quickly drift off into a peaceful sleep.
Before you try a strain, we recommend speaking with a marijuana doctor or a budtender at your dispensary to make sure it’s the right one for you.
If you have cancer, you may be qualified to get a medical marijuana card in your state. Once you have your card, you can take advantage of the many benefits cancer patients are finding for their debilitating symptoms. Learn which cannabis strains are best for managing your cancer symptoms.