How cannabis can help to reduce inflammation depends on the kind of strain you use and the contents of its cannabinoid/terpene profile. The main compound in cannabis that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent is CBD, and to a lesser extent THC. Other compounds that help to reduce inflammation are the terpenes Pinene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene and Humulene. On their own, these compounds work to combat inflammation in all parts of the body, but put together, in what is called the Entourage Effect, these compounds become even stronger and more efficient.

As cannabis legality has spread across the planet, its use has also begun to steadily increase as more and more people from all corners of the globe begin to understand the wonderful potential of the cannabis plant. With increased levels of scientific analysis now being conducted on cannabis, research has started to demonstrate the huge potential and anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana.

Inflammation is a natural response by the immune system. It helps to heal damaged tissue and fight foreign bodies – bacteria, viruses, or microorganisms that cause disease. Swelling near an injured muscle or fatigue experienced on catching a common cold virus are effects associated with inflammation, where the body is trying to protect itself.

However, if inflammation persists for a prolonged time, it may cause serious harm. This condition is termed as chronic inflammation and may occur due to the following reasons:

* The inability of the body to eliminate pathogens

* Continuous exposure to irritants like industrial chemicals

* Autoimmune disorder

Chronic inflammation may lead to diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and others. Over time, inflammatory disease severely lowers quality of life and contributes to early ageing while it can also increase the risk of heart disease.

 

Anti-inflammatory Medication 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin are commonly used to treat chronic inflammation and relieve chronic pain. However, long-term use of such drugs increases the risk of stomach ulcers, kidney damage, and heart attacks.

Risks with opioids are fatal and well documented. In 2016, 40% of deaths due to opioids overdose involved prescription opioids in the U.S.  

While NSAIDs and opioids are the primary anti-inflammatory medication in the modern world, consumption of cannabis and other natural herbs has been practised in many ancient cultures for thousands of years because of their anti-inflammatory properties. There are detailed descriptions of cannabis use in texts of Ayurveda, a type of alternative medicine system from India documented over 2000 years ago. Similar stories of cannabis use are also found in Chinese culture.

Thankfully, modern science is finally beginning to catch up by considering the vast potential offered by medical cannabis. Preliminary research points to the potential treatment of inflammatory disease using medical marijuana without the harsh side effects that are typically associated with NSAID and opioids,

 

Fighting Inflammation with Cannabis 

To produce the desired anti-inflammatory effects, selecting the right cannabis strain is essential. It all comes down to the composition of cannabinoids and terpene profiles in medical cannabis strains. More than 100 cannabinoids are present in cannabis, of which CBD and THC content is present in the highest quantity. Research suggests that among all cannabis components, CBD has the most potential to reduce inflammation. 

Terpenes like pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene have also been identified to reduce inflammation, but not to the extent of CBD. Nevertheless, the effect of terpenes on the human body is multiplied when it is consumed within cannabis. 

It is now known that Cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce stronger results, a phenomenon that is known as the “entourage effect.” 

Scientists also believe that cannabis directly engages the immune system to combat inflammation. But how?

THC and CBD activate the so-called cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, part of the immune system that affects physiological functions such as appetite, pain, mood, perception, and memory. Our body produces chemicals similar to THC and CBD, responsible for activating CB1 and CB2 receptors to regulate various physiological functions. However, in cases of chronic inflammation, the body does not produce enough of these chemicals.

This is where THC and CBD can work their magic. 

These major cannabis components can activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors triggering a chain chemical reaction in our body, which helps to calm and reduce inflammation.

With this knowledge, the number of studies published about the impact of CBD and THC for chronic inflammation continues to rise. Cannabis users have also reported beneficial effects of CBD on joint Inflammation, Crohn’s disease, and a litany of other conditions.

Best Cannabis Strains for Inflammation

Many cannabis strains may also help to reduce feelings of stress. Stress is known to be one of the biggest causes of inflammation. 

If you ́re considering using cannabis for inflammation or you want to try some cannabis strains for pain. Here are some of our favourite cannabis strains for inflammation.

Stress Killer CBD

As the name suggests, this CBD rich sativa strain has stress-reducing effects but is also used to treat pain, inflammation, and anxiety.

With a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD (around 10% for both), this medicinal strain could be particularly effective in helping to treat inflammation.

Its terpene profile includes myrcene, caryophyllene and limonene which gives this strains its bold citrus flavour with subtle spicy notes.

Due to its balanced CBD to THC ratio, Stress Killer CBD will help you to stay both focused and calm with far less of those sometimes undesirable psychoactive effects and is considered by many to be an ideal treatment for inflammation. 

Royal Medic

 As the name suggests, Royal Medic is considered to be an ideal cannabis strain for medical conditions, including helping to relieve both pain and inflammation.

A wonderful combination of the CBD-rich Juanita Lagrimosa and high-yielding Critical, Royal Medic is considered to be one of the best medical cannabis strains with similar levels of both THC and CBD. This balanced cannabinoid profile (10% THC/10% CBD ) makes this strain a potentially effective treatment for both pain and inflammation.

Royal Medic has a delicious, fruity and hazy aroma with mellow earthy notes that are revealed in its smooth delivery. Best suited for medical users, this sativa dominant medical powerhouse has soothing and pain-relieving effects that allows users to remain focussed and active throughout the day.

Northern Light 

Northern Light is a classic, world-famous indica strain which is known for its ability to relax both body and mind.

This popular and pure indica descendant of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace strains has given rise to top hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze.

Easily one of the most famous strains of all time, Northern light comes with a THC content at a moderate 14%: This pure indica has achieved much of its popularity thanks to its resinous buds, fast flowering ability, and resilience during the growing period.

Northern Lights terpene profile includes caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene which help to amplify the anti-inflammatory qualities of the strain and provide it with a sweet-spicy aroma similar to a chicory barbeque.

GSC (Girl Scout Cookies) 

A California original, GSC or Girl Scout Cookies is an OG Kush and Durban Poison hybrid cross that has gained worldwide popularity because of its strong and long-lasting effects, resinous buds and durability when growing. 

This indica dominant hybrid, highTHC strain (around 20% or more ), will take you on a euphoric journey of full-body relaxation that can also help to relieve pain. A potent favourite of both recreational and medical users, GSC offers sedative qualities that are said to be effective in treating chronic pain, inflammation, muscle tension, and cramps.

Terpenes like caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene are found in GSC and help to create this strains medicinal value as well as its exquisite aroma and taste. The sweet and earthy flavour of GSC might even remind you of chocolate fudge cookies.

Other recommended strains worth considering for inflammation are ACDC and Painkiller XL CBD – These high in CBD strains are thought to be particularly useful in treating both pain and inflammation.

Clinical trials and further research on the complete role of medical marijuana and its ability to combat inflammation is, of course, necessary. Still, given what we already know, there seems to be a real benefit in considering the potential of cannabis for reducing the symptoms of inflammation.

If you want to learn more about the effects of medical marijuana, or you´re thinking about using marijuana for pain relief or inflammation,  make sure to visit our webshop where we offer a vast collection of world-famous strains including more CBD strains and strains for pain relief as well as classics like Jack Herer, Amnesia Haze and Blueberry Kush.

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    ACDC

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    Feminized | Medicinal

    ACDC is the sativa-dominant phenotype of the CBD-heavy Cannatonic, a strain with minimal psychoactive qualities. Although the strain has a 1:20 ratio of THC:CBD, its effects are surprisingly not followed by intense couch-lock. However, it is a difficult plant to grow, as it requires constant attention.

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    Exodus Kush

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    Feminized | Medicinal

    DNA Genetics’ Exodus Kush is a hybrid for cannaisseurs. This pungent strain combines the aromatic powers of its parents original Exodus Cheese (UK) and OG Kush. 

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    Akorn

    • Snowbud

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    Akorn has the resin producing qualities that hash enthusiasts and extractors will fall in love with. Its short flowering time makes Akorn ideal for those with shorter summers. Potent and high yielding, Akorn’s fist-sized buds are best suited to cannaisseurs who prefer a strong body effect.

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    Dawg Star

    Feminized | Medicinal

    A cross of Darkstar and cup-winner Chemdog – Dawg Star’s genetics make for a potent strain. Strong body felt effects, candy shop flavors, and an easy-to-grow plant.

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    Stress Killer CBD

    • Juanita Lagrimosa
    • Lemon Haze

    Autoflowering | Medicinal

    Juanita Lagrimosa x Lemon Haze x Ruderalis (60/30/10) this sweet, lemony, CBD rich autoflowering hybrid, from Royal Queen Seeds, is a carefree delight for both recreational and medicinal consumers alike. 11% THC, with almost 1:1 CBD.

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    Royal Medic

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    A magical combination of CBD-rich Juanita Lagrimosa and high-yielding Critical, Royal Medic is one of Royal Seeds special 1:1 medical varieties. With a balanced cannabinoid profile (10% THC/10% CBD ) and gorgeous fruity, hazey flavor.

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    Raspberry Waffles CBD

    • Strawberry Sour Diesel

    Regular | Medicinal

    A fruity, relatively high CBD strain from Devil´s Harvest Seeds, Raspberry Waffles CBD is a delicious cross of Strawberry Sour Diesel x a secret high CBD male. Remarkable for both its fabulous flavor and great medical potential. Upwards of 1% CBD.

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    Painkiller XL CBD

    • Royal Highness CBD

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Under the specialist hands of Royal Queen Seeds, the combination of Juanita La Lagrimosa x Royal Highness gives you the powerful medicinal strain, Painkiller XL CBD. A 75/25 sativa-dominant with a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio of approximately 9%. 

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    Medical Mass CBD

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    Critical x Medical Madre gave Royal Queen Seeds this majestic, mainly indica strain (60%). She is popular with medical users who also seek some THC to help combat pain as she has an average of 10% THC and a 1:1 CBD ratio, which if anything falls heavier on the CBD side with an average of 11% CBD. She does well indoors and outdoors and is an easy grow.

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    Northern Light

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    Autoflowering, Feminized | Medicinal

    If you haven’t heard of Northern Light, it’s time to open your eyes and bask in its shine. Nirvana Seeds used Afghan genetics when perfecting this pure indica, making her a true classic. She yields generously in relation to her height and doesn’t disappoint on flavor. Whether you’re a pro or beginner, consider Northern Light your new best friend.

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    Dinamed CBD

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    Dinafem brand their CBD-enriched Dinamed CBD as ‘the strain that won’t get you high’. The offspring of two Pure CBD #4 plants, it has as little as 0.5% THC and up to 14% CBD. A stable and heavy yielding hybrid with therapeutic effects.

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    Early Amnesia CBD

    • Original Amnesia

    Feminized | Medicinal

    A tasty, uber-enriched CBD strain from Dinafem. Early Amnesia CBD has a near 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, giving great medical effects and very light psychoactive ones. A delicious strain too, thanks to its strong sativa genes.

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    Mango Skunk

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    • Skunk #1

    Feminized, Regular | Medicinal

    Mango Skunk is a deliciously fruity and satisfying strain from Nirvana that crosses Mango x Venus Flytrap. She’s potent, with over 15% THC and for an indica-dominant strain (60/40) she has a lovely uplifting effect.

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    Fastberry

    • Blueberry

    Autoflowering | Medicinal

    With great performance potential, Fastberry is an indica-dominant strain developed from old school Blueberry lineage that’s easily recognized and loved by those who enjoy sweeter cannabis varieties.

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    • Master Kush
    • OG Kush

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    Named after Nirvana’s most famous track, Lithium OG Kush is OG Kush x Master Kush. It is already famed for its wonderful chilled-out and antidepressant qualities. A 70/30 indica dominant hybrid, with 15-20 % THC.

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