The benefits of cannabis are widespread and far-reaching, to say the least. Studies have credited CBD as an effective agent to help those suffering from pain, insomnia, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, and more. Less talked about are the studies of CBD for those suffering from digestive issues like Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and cancer-related anorexia. Cannabis is truly a renaissance plant.
How does this work?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the compounds found in cannabis that has many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. Some researchers are considering the possibility that digestive issues like Crohn’s and IBS are caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency — when the body fails to produce enough cannabinoids. For this reason, CBD may actually help patients with digestive issues to reduce their need for surgery and medicine.
Here are our top picks for best cannabis strains for digestive issues:
Hustler Kush, an indica-dominant hybrid strain, truly lives up to its hardworking name. It is one of the more potent strains out there with THC levels at 19 percent. Hustler Kush is a cross between OG Kush and Chemdawg 91. The strain is often recommended to help support digestive issues, as well as eye pressure and pain. Hustler Kush offers a cerebral, euphoric high with powerful, full-body relaxation effects.
Blue Blood, also known as the royal strain, is an indica-dominant strain bred from Blueberry and OG Kush. This potent strain has CBD levels at 10 percent, and THC levels at 20 percent. Blue Blood is effective for reducing inflammation in the digestive tract, and won’t cause “couch lock” or any other “too high to function” feelings so you can continue your “reign” unaffected.
Silver Kush is a sativa-dominant strain bred from Silver Bubble and OG#18. This strain provides a well-balanced high with THC levels at the 22 percent mark. Silver Kush is a popular choice for people with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, nausea, and inflammation. The perfect strain for a smooth, consistent high, with very little comedown.
Tangerine is a fruity, sativa-dominant hybrid bred from Ch9 Aroma. This strain offers a euphoric but focused high, and has notes of mango and tropical fruit. Tangerine is a favorite during times of gastrointestinal pain, inflammation, headaches, and chronic anxiety.
Blue Dream, one of the most popular strains in Colorado, is a sativa-dominant strain bred from Blueberry and Super Silver Haze. Blue Dream is a popular strain known for its invigorating euphoric high, and rich blueberry flavor. Blue Dream is also widely used with ailments related to the gastrointestinal tract like Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome, and any issues stemming from gastrointestinal (GI) pain.
Harlequin is a sativa-dominant strain bred from Colombian gold and Thai. This strain is known for its unique 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC — meaning it has a very high dose of CBD at almost 11 percent. Harlequin is ideal for gastrointestinal pain during the day – it’s said by many users to help with the pain, but won’t leave you stuck on the couch for 12 hours.
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