Updated on January 31, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Since we don’t entirely understand the cause of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), we don’t know how to cure it completely. So, we instead focus on reducing a patient’s symptoms as much as possible. Mainly, doctors try to address pain, which we know is the primary symptom of CRPS.
However, the pain-killing medications CRPS patients use often have serious drawbacks. For instance, stronger painkillers, like narcotics and opioids, have a high potential for dependency. Even milder, over-the-counter painkillers can damage organs like your liver and kidneys.
Fortunately, patients with all sorts of conditions use marijuana medicine as a safe pain solution, and that includes people with CRPS.
Indica strains have calming and sedative properties, so they help patients with sleep and relaxation issues the most. They provide a more physical effect that you feel in your body rather than your head. The most popular painkilling indica strains include:
In contrast to indica strains, sativa strains provide energy and euphoria for patients dealing with depression and fatigue. Sativa strains don’t make you feel lazy or tired, so it’s easier to get things done. The sativa strains best known for relieving pain include:
Generally, any crossbred strain is considered a hybrid strain. However, true hybrids have significant concentrations of both sativa and indica. When you mix sativa and indica strains, each type balances out the others’ side effects. Some notable hybrid strains to try include:
The right strain for you will depend on your other symptoms, your lifestyle and availability in your area. Think about the symptoms each strain can relieve, as well as any unwanted side effects. You may have to try out several types before you find one that works well for you.
Working with a trained professional can make it much easier for you to decide on a strain. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana-friendly doctor or stop by a nearby dispensary to get personalized help.