Cannabis is often touted for its ability to help combat nausea and increase appetites. It’s been used medicinally for centuries to treat varying health conditions. With a multitude of delivery methods available to use cannabis in today’s market, there’s an option for everyone from dry cannabis flower to measured dose inhalers. We’ll provide some strain suggestions here along with why they’d be a good cannabis strain for gastrointestinal disorder relief.
Common Gastrointestinal Disorder Symptoms
While every gastrointestinal disorder is different and every patient experiences symptoms differently, there are categorized symptoms of each disorder. Some can be excruciatingly painful and debilitating, others can just be persistent and aggravating. Pharmaceuticals take a while to begin working in the body, and symptoms may worsen while waiting for a medication to work.
Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and/or cramping
- Blood in stool
- Blood in vomit
- Difficulty breathing
- Jaundice of the eyes and/or skin
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- High fevers
- Tender abdomen
- Swollen abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- General stomach upset
Some gastrointestinal disorders are unpredictable as flare-ups can happen without warning. Changes to your diet and lifestyle may help improve some of the symptoms. It can take your body a while to adjust to the changes, so improvements may not be immediate. It’s ideal to eat a low-fiber diet that heavier in high-binding foods to help prevent nausea and general stomach upset.
In eastern countries, cannabis has been used for centuries to treat gastrointestinal pain. Western countries took a while to get caught up with some only using cannabis for gastrointestinal problems for about a century.
As cannabis enters the body, it helps the endocannabinoid system regulate and protect the digestive tract as the cannabinoids bind to CB1 and CB2receptors. This can help reduce inflammation and pain, along with other associated symptoms.
Cannabis may help these gastrointestinal disorders:
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome with or without diarrhea/constipation
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Celiac disease
- Chronic nausea
- Chronic indigestion
- Pylorospasm reflux
- Ulcerative colitis
- Peptic ulcers
- Zollinger Ellison syndrome
These are just a few of the gastrointestinal disorders that cannabis may help reduce the symptoms of. Inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract can occur as a result of several other health conditions, including some autoimmune diseases.
Blue Dream is a popular strain in most cannabis markets across the U.S. It is a hybrid that can lean toward indica dominance in some phenotypes. This means that although this strain can be used any time day or night, indica dominant phenotypes may require you to take a nap.
Some of the symptoms alleviated with Blue Dream include:
- GI pain
The aroma is sweet, similar to berries. It has a fruity, citrusy flavor that is pleasant. Depending on grow techniques, Blue Dream typically produces THC percentages above 20-percent, meaning that a small microdose may be ideal for those with lower tolerances.
Cannatonic is an ideal strain for those that do not want an intense THC high. This is a high-CBD, low-THC strain. For those with more severe gastrointestinal disorders and/or extreme GI pain, this may be an ideal option. It may not be available in all medical cannabis markets, but should be requested if it isn’t. Some cultivators will be happy to oblige since the request comes from a patient needing the strain.
Cannatonic is ideal for mental health disorders, muscle spasms, anxiety, nausea and pain associated with GI disorders.
A larger dose may be required since it is a low-THC strain. Consider edibles containing Cannatonic as these may help you for a longer period of time. It’s primary flavor is pine while being followed up with citrus flavors.
Harlequin is another high-CBD, low-THC strain. It can possess as much as 11-percent CBD. It tastes like berries and ginger.
This strain is ideal for wiping out GI pain, general pain and helps you relax. This is handy when your GI condition includes spasms. It may also help you combat fatigue, stress, inflammation and depression that may also be associated with a gastrointestinal disorder.
This strain isn’t available marijuana markets and is considered to be a rare strain (although commonly available in the Arizona medical marijuana market) and should be requested if it is not available in your local market.
This is another strain that you don’t of often. Hash Plant is an indica strain that is ideal for evening and nighttime use. It helps to improve your mood while combatting pain and inflammation. For those with colitis or Crohn’s disease, it may be an ideal strain to attempt to find.
As with other strains that may not be available in your market, request it as it may provide better relief than some other strains for these specific conditions.
Hash Plant produces a lot of resin, so it may be a good option for those that like to make their own dusted nugs or moon rocks. You can also dab the resin after you scrape it from a pipe. The high resin production makes the buds sticky and dense. So, it may seem like you’re not getting as much because the buds are heavier, but they grind up fluffier than they appear.
One of the benefits of Hash Plant is that its effects are displayed quickly.
If you need energy while combatting symptoms of GI disorders, Lemon Jack may be what the doctor ordered. This sativa hails from combining Lemon Kush and Jack Herer. It is important to note that the high is intense, so the head effects will be much stronger.
If you also have anxiety, avoid this strain. It’s ideal for producing energy, combatting headaches, improving focus, boosting creativity and helping you be more social. If your GI condition impedes your ability to eat, Lemon Jack will help you find your appetite.
Golden Pineapple is the hybrid lovechild of Pineapple Kush and Golden Goat. It has a pleasant tropical fruit flavor. You can use Golden Pineapple any time of the day, but larger doses may leave you a little sleepy.
This hybrid helps improve and uplift your mood while helping you to relax a bit and have some energy. This seems contradictory, but relaxation can come with energy as not being in pain may help you be more productive.
It’s a slight appetite booster, so you won’t eat everything in sight but will be able to consume a decent meal. It helps decrease pain associated with GI disorders and reduce stress that may also contribute to your health condition.
GI disorders don’t have to keep you locked up in the house. Cannabis may be able to help you perform your job duties, attend events and enjoy life. The natural remedy is becoming more and more popular for treating gastrointestinal disorders and conditions including symptoms of nausea, vomiting, pain and lack of appetite. One of the benefits of cannabis is that it may also help improve the health of your gastrointestinal system as the cannabinoids bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors, which may help reduce chronic symptoms over time.