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None of us are alien to the uncomfortable feeling of an inflammation. Whether that comes in the shape of an upset stomach, a skin rash, or a sprained ankle; inflammation is always a symptom we would rather avoid. At least if it were entirely up to us.
Little did we know that it actually IS up to us. Sure, in some cases like a sprained ankle or broken bone (basically anything out of your control), inflammation is inevitable. But the severity of the symptom can be managed, and the pain caused by it lowered dramatically.
We can accomplish this mainly through a balanced healthy diet, potentially heavy on foods and supplements with anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the most popular options include nuts, leafy greens, and turmeric. However, this is not an article on healthy dieting, at least not specifically.
This is an article on how cannabis can aid in controlling and suppressing inflammation. A list of the best cannabis strains to combat inflammation and help you live a healthier, happier, inflammation-free life.
Indica strains are always a smart choice when it comes to relaxing the body with the aim of unwinding at the end of a hectic day at the office. Likewise, these relaxing effects can have a positive impact un muscle relaxation and inflammation. Not to mention the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD specifically.
This is something that Botany Farms is familiar with. Their expertise with CBD heavy and non-psychoactive forms of cannabis flower (hemp) allows them to create some of the best CBD specific buds in the market. That’s exactly what they’ve done with Special Sauce Indica Flower. A CBD heavy variety that brings almost 18.8% of CBD and contains less than 0.3% of THC. This means you’re accessing all the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD and enhancing its effects on the body with a minimal non-psychoactive dose of THC.
Avi-Dekel is a Sativa dominant strain that contains negligent levels of THC and a high amount of CBD standing around the 16% mark. Avi-Dekel’s primary purpose is to treat inflammation, however, being a hybrid, you can also access the natural sleep-enhancing effects of indica strains. Because the strain does not contain relevant levels of THC you can consume it and not feel worried about ‘getting high’.
Another Sativa strain with high levels of CBD content. This might not mean a lot right now, but it’s actually a sight to see because as a general rule of thumb; indica strains are the ones most known for containing high levels of CBD. Whereas Sativa strains are known to provide strong cerebral effects that spark up feelings of euphoria and happiness.
Finding a Sativa with high CBD content is not only a rare find, but one you should take advantage of. By combining it’s 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, CBD Mango Haze can provide the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD without sacrificing on the uplifting effects so characteristic of sativa varieties.
CBD Blue Shark is a cross breed between Blue Cheese and CBD Shark Strains. From this genius cross we get a hybrid strains without any particularly high levels of either CBD or THC. However, an 8% CBD content combined with a 6% THC content might make for one of the most unique finds on the list. Blue Shark provides a stress relief effect and a slight high that helps you relax, while also engaging your body with CBD that helps control pain and inflammation.
The Kush strain variety has been world-famous for it’s relaxing, almost numbing effects on the body. And dare I say instrumental on the cannabis hype that has developed over the past 50 years or so. CBD Kush is a hybrid strain bred from Kandy Kush strain and an unknown high-level CBD strain variety. Although psychoactive effects are to be expected from CBD Kush, the ‘high’ provided by the strain is not particularly strong. Much like CBD Blue Shark, CBD Kush allows you to stay present but relaxed at the same time. Not to mention that its close to 8% CBD content makes for powerful anti-pain, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiolytic effects.
A unique cross between Harle-Tsu (a cross itself) and the all-mighty ACDC. The CBD to THC ratio in Ringo’s Gift is marked at 1:1 in most varieties of the strain. However, depending on growing conditions and processes used the ratio may vary. Regardless of variance, Ringo’s Gift seems to always be a CBD heavy strain. Given its THC content the strain also provides a soothing cerebral high that entices your body into a deeply relaxed state that does not drop you on your butt. CBD levels are usually kept around the 13% mark.
A hybrid but still Sativa-dominant strain with a high CBD content. Even though ACDC provides almost no-intoxicating effects due to its low amount of THC content and the high amount of CBD content that helps to regulate and inhibit the effects of THC on the body. This carefully balanced formula helps induce the user into a lightly smooth cerebral high that keeps the mind focused and the body relaxed.
The cannabis plant is home to a diverse number of components called cannabinoids; 113 identified so far and potentially growing in number as scientists and botanists carry out investigations given the growing interest around the legal cannabis industry.
As with other functional foods, some cannabinoids have been found to suppress inflammatory response and attenuate the symptoms caused by it. Symptoms that include pain, tiredness, and a feeling of uncomfortability.
The ability of cannabinoids to combat inflammation has also made cannabis a point of interest in investigation correlated to autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and hepatitis where the suppression of inflammation could result in protecting the patient.
According to research from Nagarkatti (2010), “Cannabinoids may also be beneficial in certain types of cancers that are triggered by chronic inflammation”. By inhibiting inflammation, they have a direct impact on tumor growth.
CBD is perhaps the most popular and relevant cannabinoid when it comes to combating inflammation. Largely due to its legal status in all 50 states across the U.S. and to its non-psychoactive effects.
CBD has been used for decades as a way to inhibit inflammation and combat localized physical pain. Like THC (psychoactive component of cannabis), CBD is also found in marijuana, but larger amounts of the cannabinoid are present in the ‘hemp’ plant. Hemp is a non-psychoactive alternative to the marijuana plant that contains larger amounts of CBD.
As a cannabinoid, CBD has been granted with an array of diverse benefits. Among which we find incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Hence why most of the strains included on the list in this article tend to have a higher concentration of CBD.
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