More patients are using medical marijuana for inflammatory diseases like ulcerative colitis every day. Since many folks who use medicinal cannabis have little to no experience with marijuana, they can feel overwhelmed by all the choices to make. One such decision, strain selection, can determine how well your marijuana medicine will target certain symptoms.
Strains come in three types: sativa, indica and hybrid. Use sativa for a cerebral high and energizing effect, and choose an indica strain if you need to relax. Hybrid strains can be a crossbreed of any two or more other strains. The concentration of the marijuana components tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) also impact a strain’s effects.
Here are a few strains you can try to treat four common side effects colitis patients deal with.
Marijuana Strains for Colitis-Related Pain
Every kind of marijuana strain offers pain relief, but some work better than others for folks dealing with pain from colitis. Plus, you may have other symptoms to treat that you want to address at the same time. Strains suitable for colitis-related pain include:
- Granddaddy Purple: As one of the most famous indica strains, Granddaddy Purple provides full-body pain relief and relaxation.
- Sour Diesel: If you need a zip with your pain relief, Sour Diesel reduces pain while providing energy.
- White Widow: White Widow balances the effects of sativa and indica strains to lift your mood while reducing pain.
Cannabis Strains for Colon Inflammation
Medical cannabis also works well for soothing inflammation. Since it works with your immune system to suppress inflammation signals, many kinds of marijuana strains are effective. But, high-CBD strains seem to have the most benefits.
Some of the best strains that target inflammation include:
- ACDC: This strain has one of the highest CBD contents out there, so it reduces inflammation without impairing your mind.
- Cannatonic: ACDC’s cousin strain also relieves inflammation, but it has a higher focus on stress relief.
- Blue Widow: By balancing the effects of sativa and indica strains, Blue Widow provides relief without as many side effects.
Strains for Relieving Fatigue
While the stereotype of marijuana users involves sleepiness and relaxation, sativa strains are known for energizing the person using them. If you often experience fatigue due to your colitis symptoms, you can benefit from this type of strain. Hybrid strains can also work well, depending on their content. Energizing examples include:
- Green Crack: This strain provides some of the best invigorating effects out of any variety. Make sure to get the sativa-dominant kind — it comes in indica form, too.
- Lemon Haze: The high THC content in Lemon Haze gives you a potent cerebral high and a burst of energy.
- Durban Poison: Durban Poison promotes productivity and a clear head.
Marijuana Strains for Weight Gain and Appetite
If you have severe, long-lasting episodes of ulcerative colitis, you might lose a lot of weight during flare-ups. The association between food and colitis symptoms can put a damper on your appetite. Or, maybe you don’t have much of an appetite in general, and you need to eat more to regain weight. Regardless of your reasoning, here are some strains that stimulate hunger:
- Girl Scout Cookies: What a suitable name for such an appetite-stimulating strain! Its hybrid nature provides both full-body relaxation and cerebral sharpness.
- OG Kush: OG Kush not only increases your appetite, but it also makes you feel happier.
- Blue Cheese: If you need a healthier appetite but prefer something more relaxing, Blue Cheese’s indica heritage provides sedation and relaxation.
How to Access Safe, Legal Medical Marijuana
If you haven’t applied for your state’s medical marijuana program, visit a cannabis-friendly doctor. They will write you a recommendation and help you get approved for a medicinal cannabis ID. Once you have your “green card,” you can go to a dispensary in your area to buy medicine. Search our database to find professionals near you right away.