Best Strains of Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Sjogren’s Syndrome-Related Arthritis

Updated on January 30, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Best Strains of Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Sjogren's Syndrome-Related Arthritis

Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that causes dry eyes and dry mouth as the immune system attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva. Although it’s possible to live a life with minimal treatment for this condition, there is a risk of other immune disorders developing. One such condition is rheumatoid arthritis.

This form of arthritis causes extreme pain and inflammation in the joints. Although genetics and other factors may be to blame, no one knows what causes these immune system disorders. There’s also no cure for either Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The best way to live quality lives is to find effective treatments.

Medical marijuana is becoming a treatment option in many states across the U.S., and it can combat several of the symptoms associated with both Sjogren’s and RA.

Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although Sjogren’s syndrome initially attacks tear and saliva glands, it’s not limited to this. It can also cause complications such as:

  • Joint swelling or pain
  • Dry skin or rashes
  • Fatigue

When a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system specifically targets joints, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and even deterioration in a patient’s:

  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Elbows
  • Knees

Different Types of Strains

Before choosing a medical marijuana medication, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the different strains available. Each has their own properties. Depending on the strain you need, there may be one that better treats a certain symptom more effectively than another strain.

There are three primary kinds of strains available, which are:

  • Indica: Indica strains are primarily associated with their sedative characteristics. They generally have a high concentration of the cannabinoid CBD, which is the cannabinoid that doesn’t make users high but instead provides a calming effect.
  • Sativa: These usually have a high concentration of THC, which is the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive side effects, but also has other healthful benefits. Sativa strains are also known for providing energy.
  • Hybrid: These strains are specifically cross-bred to provide users with certain characteristics of both sativa and indica strains in one plant.

Find the Right Strain for Your Symptoms

Depending which Sjogren’s or arthritis symptom you’re attempting to target, you may want to consider using different strains. For example, some strains will be better to take before bed, while others are good for daytime use. Here are our recommendations for strains that help combat the most common symptoms associated with both Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis — chronic pain, fatigue and inflammation.

  1. Strains to Treat Chronic Pain

No patient should fight chronic pain alone. It’s exhausting, debilitating and can demoralize anyone who faces it on a daily basis. These two strains are known for combatting pain and helping patients live normal lives:

  • Jack Herer (Hybrid): Since this hybrid leans more toward the sativa side, it’s great for daytime medicating as it provides energy and allows patients to feel more “get up and go.”
  • Afghan Kush (Indica): This strain is about as indica as it gets. Patients will love the heavy sedative effects that help allow them to drift into a painless sleep.
  1. Strains to Fight Fatigue

If you work, have kids or don’t want to be “couch-locked,” you need a strain that will give energy. Here are two options known to add a little pep:

  • Harlequin (Sativa): This strain will give you energy due to its high concentration of THC, although it will produce the “high” associated with weed.
  • Jillybean (Hybrid): If you’re looking for a mood boost, look no further. This strain provides a happy vibe and lots of energetic effects. It’s also known for its pleasant aroma.
  1. Strains to Combat Inflammation

Especially for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation is a daily struggle. This symptom causes swelling and pain and can also lead to irreparable damage to the joints and other body parts. Some strains known for their anti-inflammatory properties include:

  • Cannatonic (Hybrid): If you need a little relief before bedtime, this hybrid strain will do the trick. It’s also known for its analgesic effects.
  • ACDC (Sativa): This strain is one of the best daytime pain-relievers there is. It has a high concentration of THC, which helps fight inflammation.

Speak to a Budtender or a Marijuana Doctor Near You

For specific strain information, it’s always best to speak to a medical marijuana professional who knows the specifics of your condition. They can tell you what’s available and offer strain advice. Talk to a budtender at a dispensary near you or make an appointment with a marijuana doctor today.

Information About Medical Marijuana & Sjogren’s Syndrome