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Choosing the Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Severe Nausea

Choosing the Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Severe Nausea

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/11/2011 in Medical Marijuana

Ask most cancer patients and they’ll all tell you how effective marijauna is for alleviating nausea. Medical marijuana is a widely used medicine for severe nausea as well as many other medical conditions, from hepatitis C to chronic pain. But with seemingly endless strains to choose from, how do you know what the best strain is for nausea? Medical marijuana patients suffering from nausea due to illness or treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy should stick with a sativa or a sativa dominant hybrid.

To break that down for you, there are two types of cannabis: sativa and indica, which can also be combined into a hybrid. Sativas have a higher level of THC than indicas, which results in a psychoactive and energetic mind-high. Indicas, on the other hand, have a higher level of cannabinoids than sativas, which results in a sedated body-type stone. Some patients who prefer the invigorating effects of a sativa over the sleep-inducing qualities of indica may fare well with a hybrid. Hybrids combine characteristics of each parent to minimize some of the unwanted effects of one strain or add the desired effects of another. For example, adding sativa to indica strains adds mental clarity and decreases sedation effects.  And adding indica to sativa strains can decrease or even eliminate the sativa tendency to stimulate anxiety.

Patients who live in states that allow them to purchase marijuana from a pot dispensary or cannabis club can ask their budtenders for a sativa strain to treat their nausea. Each dispensary will have a varied selection of indicas, sativas and hybrids to choose from, and you or your caretaker can ask the budtender for recommendations on which one is best for severe nausea.

Medical cannabis patients who don’t have access to medical marijuana dispensaries and have to grow their own medicine should be sure to select the right strain before embarking on the time consuming process of growing their medicine. Sites like can help you quickly determine the best strains. Some good ones to choose from include:

  • Sour Diesel
  • OG Kush
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Blue Dream

These are just a few suggestions, however there are endless choices when it comes to choosing a medical marijuana strain. You can also find detailed reviews and medical uses of strains at Patients who can purchase their medicine from a dispensary have the huge advantage of sampling or purchasing small amounts of cannabis before committing to a larger quantity. Bottom line, if you suffer from nausea, it’s best to stick with a sativa. Then you should try out several strains until you find the best one that works for you. Happy medicating!

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