At this point, we’re all aware that medical cannabis contains healing properties that are being used to ease the pain of cancer treatments and more. That being said, there are numerous other medical applications for medical marijuana. Thanks to the vast amounts of anonymized medical marijuana consumption data collected by Strainprint Technologies Ltd., we are able to uncover the most commonly treated ailments.
The top five ailments Strainprint users are tracking consumption sessions for are:
1. Muscle Pain
Chronic muscle pain is a non-stop battle. It can lower one’s quality of life and overtime can lead to opioid addiction. Medical marijuana has been shown to be a great alternative to opioid-based painkillers, but it’s not just any strain that will do the trick for muscle pain. Some marijuana strains are perfect for before noon, but will leave you up at night. Others may ease sooth pain and discomfort, but will send you right to sleep. Each Cannabis strain is made up of a unique concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in addition to THC and CBD ; these subtle differences produce different outcomes. One strain might be good for managing muscle pain but not for arthritic joint pain; differents strains are right for different pains (no rhyme intended). The Strainprint mobile application allows patients to track which strains, dosages, and consumption methods are working well for their pain management.
The idea of treating anxiety with marijuana has been contentious issue for years. THC, one of the many cannabinoids naturally occurring in marijuana, has psychotropic effects - leading many to question whether or not the plant can help with anxiety. Patients treating with strains that have high levels of THC have been known to produce anxiety while other strains have a calming and centreing effect. While this has been studied anecdotally, the fact remains that patients regularly treat anxiety with Cannabis and often see very good results with hybrid strains that have moderate THC levels, higher CBD levels and high levels of the Caryophyllene, Limonene and Linalool terpenes. Because of this delicate and complex relationship that marijuana and anxiety can have, Strainprint users are able to learn very quickly which cannabis strains help and which strains hurt those anxious moments.
3. Joint Pain
Chronic joint pain, like chronic muscle pain, is a non-stop battle. It can make everyday activities impossible and can lead to opioid addiction overtime. Medical cannabis has been shown to be a great alternative to opioid-based painkillers, but it’s not just any strain that will do the trick for joint pain. Some marijuana strains are perfect for starting your day pain free, but will leave you up at night. Others may ease joint pain and discomfort, but will send you right to sleep. As mentioned before, both THC and CBD can both be good for managing various types of pain. Patients should also look for strains that are high in Caryophyllene and Humulene; strains that are high in myrcene may also be highly effective but can have the side effect of drowsiness. Tracking which strains are working for you is extremely important for long term pain management.
To the folks that don’t think stress is an ailment - think again. Stress can lead to or worsen heart disease, asthma, obesity, and more. Stress, however, is like a snowflake in that no one’s stress is exactly like another’s. Therefore, the tokes of Blue Dream that help one patient melt stress away may not help another patient quite the same way that Cannatonic does. Those are just two of the go-to strains for stress out of the many in existence. By tracking your trigger points for stress alongside the cannabis strains that relieve those stresses, patients are able to better go about their day with minimized stress levels.
Without sleep, almost everything else is impossible. For those patients suffering from insomnia, just getting to sleep or staying asleep is difficult. On the whole, indica strains tend to be the go-to when it comes to a sleep-aid. Beyond that, it is said that older marijuana can be an even better sleep aid. According to Chief Research Officer Rev. Dr. Kymron deCesare of Steep Hill Labs, “as d9-THC degrades...a small portion of it turns into CBN.” That small portion of CBN, or cannabinol, has been shown anecdotally to be perfect for getting to sleep quickly. Strains that are also high in Myrcene have also been shown to improve insomnia symptoms and induce relaxation and sleep.
Don’t think the list stops there. Overall, Strainprint users are tracking how different strains, dosages, and consumption methods are affecting 350 medical conditions and 46 different symptoms. This number will undoubtedly grow over time. To stay up to date with important developments in the cannabis industry, be sure to subscribe to one or more of our free email newsletters. Also, connect with The Daily Marijuana Observer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!