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The best cannabis strains for cancer-related symptoms

Almost every state with medical marijuana laws allows the use of cannabis for cancer patients, and considering the myriad of side effects associated with the disease and its treatments, it’s easy to see why. Cannabis can remedy pain, curb nausea, encourage the appetite, boost the mood, offer energy and motivation, assist with sleep, promote weight gain, and rekindle social enjoyment.

Each strain has its own unique effect profile, and what might be effective for one symptom might not be right for another. For you and your loved ones going through a cancer battle, we’ve compiled a list of strain suggestions for each symptom type, as well as some general guidance for managing pain, nausea, appetite loss, depression, and fatigue with cannabis.

Cannabis strains for pain

Strains containing high levels of both THC and CBD tend to be the most effective pain relievers due to their synergistic effects, but strains abundant in either of these cannabinoids may also do the trick.

Blackberry Kush

Blackberry Kush is a THC-dominant strain that crushes pain with a tidal wave of physical relief. This one will keep you thoroughly tranquilized, so save it for nights and restful days.

Harlequin

With a one-two punch of THC and CBD, Harlequin annihilates pain with minimal mental cloudiness. Keep this strain on deck for clear-headed relief throughout the day.

For more pain-relieving strain suggestions, check out this expanded list of suggestions or use Leafly’s search filters.

Cannabis strains for nausea

Nausea is best treated with strains containing some degree of THC, and this relief is typically delivered most quickly and effectively when smoked or vaporized.

Northern Lights

The soothing power of Northern Lights will keep you glued in one spot for a while, but your nausea will stand no chance against its stomach-calming properties. With impressive THC contents that have won it numerous awards, Northern Lights is some of the most potent herbal medicine available for sour stomachs.

Blueberry Diesel

The Blueberry Diesel hybrid offers a fine balance of effects that are neither racy nor lethargic. Upset stomachs will settle while moods are lifted to new heights, making this strain a fantastic medicine for both mind and body.

Cannabis strains for appetite loss

When it comes to dealing with appetite loss, high-THC strains are the way to go. If you’re worried about feeling overly stoned, try these in small doses or look for strain that has a balance of THC and CBD.

Bubba Kush

Appetite loss stands no chance against the high-THC strain Bubba Kush. It’ll help you work up a ravenous hunger, but beware of the couchlock tendencies of this strain if you’re looking to stay up and active.

Granddaddy Purple

The high-THC content of this classic strain isn’t the only thing that will get your appetite going–Granddaddy Purple’s sweet aroma of berries and grapes will have you craving a fruit medley (and quite possibly a fridge full of various carbs as well).

For more appetite-inducing strain suggestions, check out this expanded list of suggestions or use Leafly’s search filters.

Cannabis strains for depression

For depression symptoms, strains that boost both energy and mood tend to be the most effective. Try a strain high in the terpenes limonene or terpinolene, or consider a CBD strain that’ll help keep your mind clear and active.

Chernobyl

Chernobyl comes loaded with a sweet aroma of lemons and limes, and has the remarkable ability to jumpstart your energy and mood any time of the day.

Pennywise

Pennywise is the strain you’ll want if you’re looking for a relaxed mindset without dizzying euphoria. The effects of this balanced CBD/THC strain are very clear-headed and focused as opposed to sleepy.

For more depression-curbing strain suggestions, check out this expanded list of suggestions or use Leafly’s search filters.

Cannabis strains for fatigue

A modest dose of an uplifting THC strain can be helpful for fatigue, but if THC makes you sleepy, we recommend something with balanced levels of THC and CBD.

Cinex

When you’re tired, it’s hard to motivate yourself into the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. The high-energy strain Cinex can help you change that, as enhanced sensory awareness and focus help you rediscover your happy, creative side.

Cannatonic

Strains high in THC can be overly sedating for some. A strain with more CBD, like Cannatonic, would be a great choice for consumers who need just a gentle boost of relief alongside mental clarity.

For you and your loved ones going through a cancer battle, we’ve compiled a list of cannabis strain suggestions for managing pain, nausea, appetite loss, depression, and fatigue.

5 High Cannabinoid Percentage C-B-D Oil Strains for Multiple Myeloma

“But the characteristic that causes C-B-D (cannabinoids) to stand out, particularly in the mainstream media, is that it produces none of the psychoactive “high” effects for which T-H-C is famous…”

I don’t like the feeling of being high. There, I said it. Fortunately for me then, is the fact that C-B-D oil has little of the ingredient that gets a person high (psychoactive). I am a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor and MM cancer coach so I want to learn all I can about the health benefits of C-B-D oil. Benefits for myeloma survivors like me…

Myeloma survivors and caregivers frequently contact me asking about C-B-D oil and its possible efficacy as a therapy for them. Unfortunately, I can make only general statements related to the ideas outlined below.

While research (linked below) cites the benefits of cannabidiol for MM patients and survivors, an often overlooked but important issue is the quantity of cannabinoids IN C-B-D oil.

In addition, how the MM patient/survivor finds and then purchases the cannabidiol is overlooked.

Acknowledging these two challenges, I’ve written this post simply to list “strains” of C-B-D oil that have high percentages of cannabinoids.

Studies of cannabinoids, while still somewhat thin, indicate that

I follow an anti-MM diet, an anti-MM nutritional supplementation regimen and I may also be able to supplement with a non-psychotropic, high cannabinoid C-B-D oil.

But here’s the thing. Many C-B-D oils have a very low percentage of cannabinoids IN them. Since it is cannabinoids that are the medicine aka the good stuff, then low percentages of the good stuff is not what I want. I want as high a percentage of cannabinoids IN the C-B-D oil I buy as possible.

Another fly in the ointment is that C-B-D strains are all over the place, from the perspective of availability. I want to be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and ask for the highest cannabinoid percentage C-B-D oil possible.

The article linked and excerpted below is light on evidence-based sources. The article refers to cannabinoid content for specific strains but I have no idea of the validity of these statements.

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Recommended Reading:

  • Can You Beat Cancer with C-B-D Oil?
  • C-B-D Becomes F.D.A. Approved AKA Mainstream?
  • Discover the Health Benefits of C-B-D

Five High Cannabinoid C-B-D Strains

“Cannabidiol, more commonly shortened to C-B-D, is the cannabinoid responsible for changing the conversation about medical marijuana…

C-B-D is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis, behind its acclaimed counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (T-H-C). But the characteristic that causes C-B-D to stand out, particularly in the mainstream media, is that it produces none of the psychoactive “high” effects for which T-H-C is famous…

Studies on animals have shown a wide variety of medicinal benefits from CBD included but not limited to:

  • Suppressing seizures
  • Reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Alleviating psychological disorders
  • Soothing inflammatory disorders
  • Combatting tumor and cancer cells
  • Improving neurodegenerative disorders
  • Treating anxiety and depression disorders
  • Preventing the progression of diabetes
  • Relieving severe nerve and/or bone pain
  • Calming symptoms of PTSD such as schizophrenia

Sour Tsunami, one of the first strains bred specifically for high C-B-D and low T-H-C, will immediately wash your pain away. It typically tests up to 11% C-B-D with T-H-C less than 10%, making for a nice and balanced 1:1 ratio…

Cannatonic is a migraine-melting strain out of Spain that’s one of the first strains bred for a high C-B-D ratio. Created by Resin Seeds, it has a mild sweet pine flavor but packs a punch with its consistently high C-B-D percentages (up to 23%!)…Supposedly, it relieves pain, anxiety, muscle spasms and migraines while uplifting your energy. It’s known for its ability to relax and loosen muscles without the couch-lock effect…

Harlequin It is loved for its consistent 5:2 ratio of C-B-D:T-H-C (ranges about 8-16% CBD to 4-7% THC).

The Remedy is one of my personal favorite C-B-D-rich strains because it’s extremely rich in terpenes while also having one of the highest C-B-D:T-H-C ratios (15:1). Not only does The Remedy have a high ratio but it consistently tests at around 15% C-B-D…It’s a powerful combatant to seizures, pain, anxiety, inflammation, and autism while also providing deep body relaxation.

C-B-D OG Testing upwards of 19% C-B-D, this cross of Trident and Skywalker OG. C-B-D OG runs Indica-dominant and has worked wonders on symptoms of PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation and muscle tension. Plus, it serves a dose of CBG on the side which is the best cannabinoid for chronic sleep issues…

3 High CBD / Low THC Marijuana Strains

Charlotte’s Web (The World’s Most Famous Marijuana Strain)

This world famous strain is indica dominant (60%) and was the focus of a bid to legalize high CBD strains. It helped reduce the seizures of Charlotte Figi, and it has a CBD content as high as 20%. Charlotte’s Web is extremely low in THC which means it can be sold as a food supplement.

Obviously, there is no ‘high’ associated with this strain, and it provides users with no cerebral effect. In fact, if it weren’t for its pain relieving ability, you wouldn’t even realize you’ve taken anything. Charlotte’s Web is typically consumed in C-B-D oil form rather than being smoked.

As well as its known effectiveness when treating pediatric seizure disorders such as Dravet’s Syndrome, Charlotte’s Web is used to help with migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis..

Ringo’s Gift (The Marijuana Strain That Has Nothing to do With Ringo Starr!)

This is a slightly sativa dominant (60%) strain with a CBD: THC ratio as high as 20:1. You can find strains of Ringo’s Gift with up to 20% CBD and as little as 1% THC. It is a cross of ACDC and Harle-Tsu; both are known for their high level of CBD…

Harle-Tsu (The Painkilling Marijuana Strain)

This indica dominant (60%) strain is a cross of Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains and contains up to 22% CBD against less than 1% THC. It is a relatively rare bud, but we imagine that won’t be the case for long given its popularity…

Relapsed Multiple Myeloma- C-B-D Strength/Dosing Info

We wanted to know the specifics connected with the research from the article, we want to find out the specific C-B-D strength/measurements and dosing and how effected with body weight.

Hello David -Thank yourself sharing your information, I read the article about C-B-D synergizing Velcade. My mother has relapsed multiple myeloma again and she is about to start 6th chemo course (she has had 2 prior autologous stem cell transplants).

We wanted to know the specifics connected with the research from the article, we want to find out the specific C-B-D strength/measurements and dosing and how effected with body weight.

If you can advise us or help us by pointing us in the right direction it would be hugely appreciated.

Thank you, Ginny and Kathy

Recommended Reading:

  • A Different kind of Second Opinion-Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching
  • Cancer Coaching Testimonials- PeopleBeatingCancer
  • Multiple Myeloma- Chemo causing low Neutrophils aka Leukopenia- Help!

Cancer Coaching- What is the Best Brand of C-B-D oil for Myeloma?

“But the characteristic that causes C-B-D to stand out, particularly in the mainstream media, is that it produces none of the psychoactive “high” effects for which T-H-C is famous.”

C-B-D kills multiple myeloma and enhances Velcade

“These results showed that Cannabidiol by itself or in synergy with BORT strongly inhibited growth, arrested cell cycle progression and induced MM cells death by regulating the ERK, AKT and NF-κB pathways with major effects in TRPV2+ cells. These data provide a rationale for using CBD to increase the activity of proteasome inhibitors in MM.”

The effects of cannabidiol and its synergism with bortezomib in multiple myeloma cell lines. A role for transient receptor potential vanilloid type-2.

“Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell (PC) malignancy characterised by the accumulation of a monoclonal PC population in the bone marrow (BM). Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with antitumoural activities, and the transient receptor potential vanilloid type-2 (TRPV2) channel has been reported as a potential CBD receptor.

TRPV2 activation by CBD decreases proliferation and increases susceptibility to drug-induced cell death in human cancer cells. However, no functional role has been ascribed to CBD and TRPV2 in MM.

In this study, we identified the presence of heterogeneous CD138+TRPV2+ and CD138+TRPV2- PC populations in MM patients, whereas only the CD138+ TRPV2- population was present in RPMI8226 and U266 MM cell lines.

Because bortezomib (BORT) is commonly used in MM treatment, we investigated the effects of CBD and BORT in CD138+TRPV2- MM cells and in MM cell lines transfected with TRPV2 (CD138+TRPV2+).

These results showed that CBD by itself or in synergy with BORT strongly inhibited growth, arrested cell cycle progression and induced MM cells death by regulating the ERK, AKT and NF-κB pathways with major effects in TRPV2+ cells.

These data provide a rationale for using CBD to increase the activity of proteasome inhibitors in MM.”

"But the characteristic that causes C-B-D (cannabinoids) to stand out, particularly in the mainstream media, is that it produces none of the psychoactive…