The benefits in using cannabis during cancer treatment are well known to medical professionals, researchers, and patients. To deny that marijuana can ease the pain, nausea, and depression of battling cancer is not only refuting science but also adds an unnecessary stigma to those that choose to use cannabis during treatment.
As someone who has been directly affected by cancer, helping yourself or loved ones get through the awful side effects of chemotherapy becomes paramount when faced with a lack of better alternatives. When my mom was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2015, all I could think about was how I would do anything to help ease her suffering.
For those that are fighting the good fight, marijuana is a miracle in helping to combat the severe side effects of chemo and radiation therapy. If you or a loved one are ready to try cannabis to remedy cancer-related symptoms, take a look at the following strains.
Pain Relief Strains
This CBD-saturated sativa is great for daytime use and won’t leave you tired and groggy. With a CBD to THC ratio of 5:2, this is a fantastic strain for treating pain without getting too much of the cerebral highs of more potent THC-laden flowers like Blackberry Kush.
Blackberry Kush is a powerful THC-heavy indica that is well-known in the cannabis cancer treatment world as a euphoric and physically relaxing high. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping because of body pain, this one is a sure bet for late nights when you need to get some rest.
Tip: the smoke can be thick and harsh, so perhaps try this one in edible or vaporizer format.
One common complaint of cancer patients being treated with chemo and/or radiation is a sudden lack of smell and taste. Critical Mass is a super potent-smelling indica hybrid high in both THC and CBD. Pungent orange spice aromas give heed to one of the strongest body-buzzing highs you could ever hope for when trying to alleviate pain.
Strains for Nausea and Vomiting
The perfect remedy for days when you’re not feeling well but still have to stay up and active, Super Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid and two-time Cannabis Cup winner. This zesty lemon-scented strain is great for combating fatigue and leaves you feeling energetic and lively.
A crowd favorite cross between Blueberry and Sour Diesel, Blueberry Diesel is ideal for settling an upset stomach and lifting moods. As a solid all-around pain/nausea/depression alleviator, even experienced tokers can attest to the happy and relaxing effects that last long after the smoke has cleared.
Depression and Fatigue
Super Silver Haze
All-around genetic super-strain that boosts energy, eradicates pain, and acts as a fantastic remedy for high stress levels and nausea.
Heavy diesel undertones with sweet berry accents, Blueberry Headband is a great choice for lowering anxiety and forgetting about your troubles for a few relaxing hours.
Honorable mention: Green Crack- energizing daytime strain for uplifting mood and relaxing stress away.