Updated on January 31, 2019.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
While we don’t know why some patients deal with post-concussion syndrome after they hit their head, we do our best to treat it. Treating post-concussion syndrome involves managing symptoms and waiting for the brain to heal itself.
However, some symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are treated with medications that have dangerous side effects or don’t work well for everyone. So, some patients dealing with the aftermath of a concussion use medical marijuana for relief.
Since not every medicinal cannabis patient has used marijuana in the past, seeing the massive number of strains out there can be intimidating. It’s important to first learn about the different marijuana strains and how you can leverage them to relieve your post-concussion syndrome symptoms.
Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms Treatable With Medical Marijuana
The onset and type of post-concussion syndrome symptoms patients experience vary. So, you may or may not experience issues you can medicate with cannabis medicine. Potential post-concussion symptoms you can treat with medical marijuana include:
- Sleep problems
- Depression and anxiety
About Marijuana Strains
Even though dispensaries sell all sorts of marijuana strains, you can categorize them into three types:
- Indica: Indica strains have a high amount of CBD. They tend to relax the user and provide a full-body effect.
- Sativa: Sativa strains have a high amount of THC. They provide a boost of energy and affect the mind more than the body.
- Hybrid: Hybrid strains can be a crossbreed of any two parent strains. Many patients use hybrid strains with both indica and sativa parents to take advantage of both types’ benefits.
Among strain types, some varieties work better for specific symptoms than others do. When in doubt, talk to the staff at your dispensary to find out their strains’ strengths and weaknesses.
Strains for Sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping and would like to treat your insomnia with weed, try using:
- Granddaddy Purple: This heavy indica has a grapelike aroma. It relieves pain, stress and muscle spasms in addition to promoting sleepiness.
- Bubba Kush: Bubba Kush is famous for its ability to calm you down and sedate you. Patients with severe sleep problems can use it to sleep better.
- Northern Lights: Patients who use Northern Lights report that it makes them feel happier and more relaxed. So, you may want to try this strain if you also deal with mood problems.
Strains for Headaches
To relieve headaches, use marijuana strains such as:
- Blue Dream: As a sativa-dominant hybrid, Blue Dream stimulates the mind while relaxing the body. It relieves headaches without the heavy sedation associated with pure indica strains.
- Sour Diesel: The sativa strain Sour Diesel provides intense cognitive effects while easing headaches, making it great for patients who also deal with mental health symptoms.
- Blue Cheese: If you need something to help you sleep while soothing your headaches, Blue Cheese has the sedative properties of an indica.
Strains for Depression and Anxiety
For depression and anxiety, cannabis strains such as these can help:
- OG Kush: OG Kush mainly helps patients who deal with stress and anxiety. However, it also relieves depression symptoms.
- Green Crack: If you have a combination of depression and anxiety and can tolerate sativa strains, Green Crack tackles both symptoms without making you tired.
- White Widow: This strain balances the effects of sativa and indica strains to give you the best of both worlds.
Strains for Fatigue
To treat fatigue, the following strains are useful:
- Jack Herer: Jack Herer relieves mood symptoms while providing a burst of energy and creativity.
- Pineapple Express: We know Pineapple Express as a hybrid strain, but it comes from two sativa-dominant parents. So, it works to boost your energy and mood.
- Harlequin: With 25% indica, Harlequin provides a more balanced effect than a full sativa strain. It reduces the anxiety and paranoia from THC while enhancing pain relief.
Need More Guidance?
A cannabis-certified medical professional can advise you on the best strain for your symptoms and lifestyle. For further help, you can ask the staff at a medical dispensary about the health benefits of their products.
Additional Post-Concussion Syndrome & Cannabis Resources
For more information about how cannabis can be used to treat Post-Concussion Syndrome, check out our resources: