Updated on January 31, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
There are thousands of strains that treat hundreds of symptoms, from nausea to persistent pain. So, how do you know which is right for you to take if you have a spinal cord disease? The best thing to do is look at your individual symptoms.
Spinal cord disease affects each patient differently. The condition, which is caused by an underlying disease or infection, can do damage to the spinal cord resulting in many symptoms. As a medical marijuana patient, there are many types of strains you can choose from to best treat your most prominent symptoms.
Medical marijuana is made up of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These mimic cannabinoids found in our own body’s endocannabinoids system (ECS), which is made up of receptors located throughout our body. Since it’s the job of the ECS to bring bodily balance, cannabinoids produce many different medicinal benefits when they interact with receptors, from pain relief to reduced inflammation and more.
Since receptors are found in every major bodily system, cannabinoids can treat many different symptoms. That’s good news for patients with spinal cord disease, since the side effects of the condition can be quite varied.
Some of the spinal cord disease symptoms you can treat with medical marijuana include:
There are three kinds of cannabis strains: indica, sativa and hybrids. Indicas produce a heavy sedative quality, while sativas are known for giving the user energy. Hybrids are cross-bred to combine certain qualities of both sativa and indica plants.
Patients should also be aware of the cannabinoid content found in each strain. The two major cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC produces weed’s psychoactive effects but still has many healthful benefits. CBD does not get users high, yet still has incredible medical effects. The combination of CBD and THC working synergistically is thought to be best when looking for a cannabis medication.
Here’s how certain strains can treat four of the most common symptoms of spinal cord disease.
Many people with spinal cord disease experience chronic and severe pain. These strains are known for combatting pain associated with this condition:
This symptom can be quite difficult to manage. Certain strains help patients calm spasms and spasticity, giving their body the plant’s relaxing effects:
When a patient can’t sleep, not only does it exasperate their condition, but it can lead to additional health complications. These strains will help any user go nighty-night:
Coping with spinal cord disease can cause many to struggle with depression. Here are some strains known to combat negative feelings and thoughts:
For additional assistance making a strain selection, turn to the helpful staff at a local medical marijuana dispensary. Also, be sure to keep your doctor in the loop about medicating choices you make. If you don’t have a marijuana doctor, search our database to find one near you today.