In a comprehensive, Harvard-led systematic review of 28 studies examining the efficacy of exo-cannabinoids (e.g. synthetic formulations or cannabinoids from the plant) to treat various pain and medical issues, the author concluded, “Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high quality evidence.”

While indica strains are a rich source of cannabinoids CBN, CBD, and THC, they produce smaller amounts of CBD, which is known for its medicinal properties and lack of psychoactive effects. It increases THC’s effects in a way that generates a more immersive and sedative high. Since there are higher THC levels in indica strains, they’re perfect for individuals seeking to relieve spasms including MS.

A study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal revealed that people who smoked cannabis had lower levels of c-reactive protein than those who didn’t smoke.  Another study showed that CBD was effective in blocking the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and was also beneficial in providing relief for pain caused by joint swelling. It’s already well known that cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain, which is a side effect of inflammation.

According to the National Institute of Health, appetite-stimulating effects “result from the actions of cannabinoid molecules at specific cannabinoid receptor sites within the brain.”

For years, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been known to act as an appetite stimulant. Individuals who go through chemotherapy and experience a loss of appetite have swayed towards consuming cannabis strains high in THC as a result.

Anxiety relief with cannabis can be tricky. Professionals, growers, budtenders, and users all agree that CBD is the answer to cannabis anxiety relief.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid which continues to be praised for its medical benefits. A number of studies show the positive impact that CBD can have on those experiencing anxiety. As more and more studies are published, confirming anxiety relief using CBD, it’s clear that CBD is the cannabinoid we should all turn to for anxiety relief.

Indica-dominant marijuana strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor to the buds providing a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders.

Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and is often used to treat insomnia for many people.

Indica buds are most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or even right before bed due to how sleepy and tired you become when high from an indica strain of marijuana

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