It is essential to consider that medical advances every day lead us to different conclusions.
However, it is undeniable the power that cannabis has in terms of pain relief, especially in chronic situations such as neuropathy and especially for patients who do not want or can not resort to traditional medicine or the use of strong drugs such as opioids.
Here are the best cannabis strains that help treat neuropathic pain.
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Neuropathic pain or “neuropathy” is a neurological disorder in which people experience severe chronic pain, caused by abnormal functioning of the nervous system. This happens because it misinterprets stimuli.
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It is usually an underdiagnosed disease due to the difficulty in obtaining an accurate diagnosis about the cause of the pain, for this reason, the precise causes that generate the pain are not fully understood in the medical world, which contributes to misdiagnosis.
What we know is that it can be caused by disease or injury, which means that the nervous system may be damaged or injured.
The specific causes can be difficult to determine, however, there are risk factors that increase the possibility of suffering from it, such as nutritional imbalances, alcoholism, infections, diseases, loss of limb, among others.
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The symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary from person to person, but there are certain symptoms that are common and experienced by most people with this condition, some of them are:
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One of the great and recent discoveries for the treatment of “neuropathy” is the use of cannabis. THC and CBD, the two main components of cannabis, help regulate neurotransmitters and the central nervous system, which consequently relieves pain, likewise cannabis stimulates endorphins which generates a decrease in the perception of pain.
The use of cannabis is an alternative therapy that allows patients to opt for natural products that differ from the typical pills or painkillers formulated over and over again by different doctors or even avoid having to consume stronger drugs such as opioids to feel some relief.
The medication with opioids has countless side effects that can even develop addiction, which is why the use of cannabis becomes an ideal option for the management of pain.
When choosing cannabis as an alternative medicine option for the treatment of neuropathic pain, one should consider which strain will provide the effects desired or expected by the patient in order to choose the one that will provide the most satisfaction according to expectations.
The Blue Dream is a hybrid originating in California, it has surprisingly high THC levels, that even go up to 21%. The high of this strain is often described as a dreamlike effect that can distract a person from the pain, the high can be pretty intense.
Blue Dream doesn’t have the highest CBD content, approximately only 1-2%, but considering the THC effects that can help suppress pain it’s a great option for those seeking to manage the pain and peripheral neuropathic problems.
This sativa strain with CBD between 12-15% is quite popular to help alleviate different types of conditions including neuropathic pain.
In addition to the beneficial pain relieving effects, Harlequin also brings a high that can help people feel light, but will keep you feet on the ground allowing you to successfully accomplish your work and daily tasks. As if that wasn’t enough, Harlequin also has a delicious flavour.
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The White Widow strain is a cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian indica. This is a powerful mix with a high level of THC, which is about 25%. Because of these, many patients suffering from chronic pain choose to use it.
One thing that is common to the experiences of using this strain is that it is revitalizing but at the same time relaxing, which allows its users to have a feeling of pain relief and other symptoms associated with neuropathy.
ACDC is a predominantly CBD strain, however, it has enough THC to have a mild high.
Having a high CBD content allows those who consume it to have the effects of an analgesic pain reliever. It has a relaxing effect that generates a feeling of well-being.
It has a particular taste full of earthy aromas and sweetness, the strain typically contains between 16-24% CBD and 2-6% THC. ACDC produces virtually no intoxicating effects, making it an ideal strain for daytime use.
Cannatonic is a hybrid made strain, that was made from crossing MK Ultra with G13 Haze, it contains high CBD around 17% and low THC around 6%
It’s a therapeutic strain that helps with discomfort and neuropathy, is excellent for daytime, and has an earthy odor and sweet citrus flavor.
This strain helps to relieve pain while creating an overall feeling of well-being and relaxation. It is ideal for those suffering from stress, depression, lack of appetite, or pain such as neuropathic pain.
If there is one thing that characterizes Jack Herer it is its smooth trip and the high of lucidity and even placidity. It provides a sense of pain relief that allows patients to go about their daily tasks.
Jack Herer is a completely balanced strain containing 50% sativa and 50% indica, which gives that general feeling of well-being. To top it all off, it has fruity and citrus flavors.
Green Crack is renowned for being an effective medical marijuana, being predominantly sativa, which provides an energy high that many compare to their morning coffee.
This strain provides an energetic effect, which in many cases helps patients with neuropathies to manage pain, without suffering from bothersome side effects.
Green Crack is a great alternative for those who want to manage pain differently, without having sluggish thoughts or feeling lethargic, and can go about their daily tasks without feeling straightened out.
Headband is a classic sativa dominant cross strain that contains analgesic properties and is ideal for pain relief. The effect of this strain can last up to 3 hours and has a progressive action in terms of its effects.
As the name says, Headband gives you the feeling of having your head floating in the clouds, generating feelings of calm and relaxation with a THC concentration of around 19%-22%.
Purple Kush is a unique cannabis strain that can help relieve chronic pain such as neuropathy, the THC level in this strain stimulates the feeling of relief which helps manage pain symptoms, improve nausea and the lack of appetite, overall it helps the body gain a sense of relief and peace.
It’s an indica strain with a THC level around 22%, that will almost certainly help anyone relax.
It is currently uncertain whether there will be a cure for neuropathy and related medical conditions, but for now, there is the option of using medical marijuana as an alternative to pain relief and pain management, being able to go about daily activities with some degree of normality.
Be sure to always follow the advice of your treating physician and discuss the fact that you are using or considering using cannabis with your medical plan.