Legal marijuana sales in the United States is going to take off, topping out at around $15 billion by 2020.
That’s more revenue than the National Football League produces in a year.
Factor in the black market for marijuana and the value of the product jumps up to between $50 to $60 million.
One this is certain with all that money coming into the American economy — pot ain’t going away anytime soon. If anything it’s going to keep growing and reaching new heights.
The economic engine behind marijuana is purring. National voices around legalization growing to a shout. This creates is more and more opportunity for people to use marijuana to treat a wide range of ailments.
But which is the best marijuana for pain? Which plant is right for you?
That’s an important question that only you and a sympathetic and qualified medical professional can decide.
But we can still help. At Other Side Farms, we bring years of hands-on experience and a massive network to our work.
Here are our thoughts on this.
Some History, Anatomy and Science
Cannabis is native to central Asia and could be one of the earliest crop plants ever cultivated.
It’s cultivated for the use of its highly fibrous composition in woven materials. It is a source of food. And humans have long known about their medicinal or psychotropic effects.
What’s new is our understanding of how chemically diverse cannabis is and how it works.
In the 1990s, researchers discovered that all vertebrate species (ones with a spine like fish, birds, mammals) produce molecules similar to those that are found in marijuana through the endocannabinoid system.
Rather than say the digestive system where there are clearly defined structures, the endocannabinoid system uses special chemicals and chemical receptors throughout nearly every cell type in the body to help regulate homeostasis, or keep things in the body running smoothly.
The compounds in marijuana mimic those found in the body and impact a wide range of functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, memory and mood.
According to a study by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology states that there are at least 540 distinct compounds in Cannabis Sativa, one of the three most common species of cannabis. The bulk of marijuana used today is a strain of C. Sativa.
The most well-understood compounds are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychotropic compound, and cannabidiol (CBD), the most well-recognized non-psychotropic compound.
What’s in the Mix?
Various strains of c. Sativa and other cannabis species contain different mixtures of compounds. That means different strains have differing impact on illnesses and their symptoms.
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Regardless of the strain you choose, try to use all the compounds present in the plant. CBD tamps down THC’s “get you high” effect. And CBD helps extend the half-life, or how long it exists in your system, of THC. Both impact your body’s endocannabinoid system but in different ways.
Another layer of mixture: crossbred plants create hybrids. This most often happens with c. Sativa and its cousin plant c. Indica.
Feel the Strain, the Best Marijuana for Pain
Various strains of marijuana have varying levels of THC and CBD. The ratio of these two compounds alone creates variability on types of ailments that the cannabis could treat.
There isn’t a formal naming or classifying system for medical marijuana. And there is some suggestion that most medical MJ has identical levels of CBD and THC, according to one study.
The same study suggests medical marijuana strains can vary significantly in the type and mix of cannabinoids (one of the many types of compounds in pot) present across each strain. Below is a list of a few strains in alphabetical order:
ACDC: A hybrid that contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC that produces little to no high or intoxicated feeling high feeling. Can contain as much as 19 percent CBD of all compounds. Helps to relieve pain generally, specifically multiple sclerosis.
Blue Dream: Another hybrid with high TCH levels to create a better relief of mental states such as depression and social anxiety. Also used to relieve headaches, relax muscles and relieve muscle spasms and joint inflammation. Some websites say users feel more relaxed and less depressed when used.
Blue God: A c. Indica strain that is a powerful full-body feeling when used to relieve pain, alleviate problems with restlessness, sleep issues and nausea and decreased appetite.
Charlotte’s Web: a c. Sativa strain. Came to prominence in the early 2010s by showing that its acutely high CBD levels and low THC levels could treat severe seizures without getting people high, especially in children. Also used to treat epilepsy and general pain.
Harlequin: a c. Sativa with high levels of both CBD and THC will have psychotropic effects on users. The high CBD levels counteract the classic paranoia associated with mind-altering weed.
Lemon Haze: a c. Sativa strain that user say creates feelings of euphoria; impacts pain, lack of appetite, ADHD symptoms and anxiety. Low CBD and high THC level will have an impact on one’s mental state, usually creates a sedate or mellow feeling.
Jack Herer: c. Sativa strain that is high in THC with little to no CBD helps relieve body pain and fatigue related to depression; treats anxiety and creates a strong euphoric feeling
Purple Kush: a c. Indica strain with low CBD and high TCH produces a strong high and induces relaxation and sleepiness and strong relief of pain. Strong recommendation to use at night a helps with sleep disorders and anxiety.
Talk to the Experts
If you have question, especially about the best marijuana for pain, don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s our mission to ensure that everyone we come in contact with has a safe and good experience with the most natural options to treat their symptoms, and maybe even help get into the aeert of growing and cultivating these plants.
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