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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    If you’ve ever eaten Grapefruit, it could be argued that this often bitter fruit is an acquired taste. However, with a sweet citrusy flavour, this easy to grow hybrid strain from Positronic Seeds is touted as a treat for those with a sweet tooth, promising to deliver a calm, creative, cerebral high with a notable absence of lethargy.

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    A cup winner several times over, the secret to this strain’s success lies in both its taste and aroma. Not the most potent cannabis seeds, caramel ice, slowly guides you into a calm, cerebral high with a deliciously sweet yet smooth flavour.

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    Coming from our very own Guru Seeds range, Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D is a high THC content sativa dominant strain with a big reputation. Identifiable by its diesel-like scent with a hint of lemon, this famed and hugely popular cannabis strain kicks in the best way, triggering an uplifting, euphoric, and energetic reaction.

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    Skywalker OG (aka Skywalker OG Kush) is an indica-dominant (85-15%) cross between Skywalker x OG Kush. This strain is relatively easy-to-grow both indoors and outdoors. With a THC count of more than 22%, Skywalker OG produces a bodily stoned high that will also keep you mentally alert.

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    Super Cheese is a nostalgic, indica-dominant hybrid cannabis seed from Positronic Seeds that brings back vibes of the famed Dutch coffee shops of the 80s. Combining the past with the present and that famous pungent aroma cheese strains are famous for, Super Cheese is a modern reincarnation of an old-school classic. 

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    Brought to you by the Positronics Seeds bank, Critical #47 cannabis seeds are guaranteed to produce delicious, fragrant, and quick-flowering plants with fruity flavours reminiscent of mango and peach. This indica-dominant high in THC strain offers a potent but pleasant cerebral high thanks to the balance provided by its legendary parents.

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    One of the fastest flowering cannabis seeds in our vast seeds bank, Red Star, is a stellar strain by Rockwell Seeds. Red Star cannabis seeds are renowned for their potency and are popular with growers and consumers alike for their impressively rapid flowering time and high THC content.

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    Wedding Cake from Concrete Jungle Seeds bank is a potent hybrid strain with a high THC level and fruity flavour. A Cannabis Cup winner, Wedding Cake has a DNA profile packed with famous names including Cherry Pie, OG Kush and Girl Scout Cookies.

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    Vision Seeds have taken typical characteristics from some of the most sought-after indica dominant super strains to create something truly fresh and unique. The smooth, syrupy taste and sweet floral aromas of Caramel Monster will have you feeling this cannabis strain’s potent psychoactive effects almost instantaneously.

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    Critical Shock is an indica dominant hybrid cannabis strain brought to you by the seeds co Rockwell Seeds. This high THC strain comes from an enviable lineage (including famed indica strains like White Widow, Great White shark and Critical Bilbo) and provides a powerful, full-body buzz characterised by a sense of total relaxation.

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    Describing this cannabis strain as ‘one of the most notable in their collection’, Vision Seeds are certainly proud of this marijuana seed and rightly so. The latest addition to the kush cannabis family is a genuinely amazing strain that sports a luscious coat of sparkling resin, giving it a shiny almost effervescent glow.

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    Orange Candy by Philosopher Seeds, also known as Narachup, is a high in THC (around 19%) sativa-dominant hybrid that is quickly gaining in popularity thanks to its energising high and delightful tangy flavour. These Orange Candy feminized seeds are easy to grow both indoors and out, producing high yields of deliciously fruity buds.

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    Positronic Seeds created this potent indica hybrid for the Kush cannaseurs. If you love the full-body effect and vintage flavour of Kush strains, put Gordo MasterKush at the top of your tasting list. Easy to grow feminised seeds with short flowering time, Gordo Master Kush aka GMK is an indica-dominant and high THC strain that will lift your and leave your body at ease.

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    Coffeeshop Guru is proud to present Nordés cannabis seeds by Absolute Seeds – A robust heavy yielding hybrid cannabis strain with a Black Domina lineage, high resin production and fast flowering period.

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