Can Cannabis Help With Inflammation?

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The introduction of cannabis and its widespread use in the 1930s was met with a great deal of vitriol. However, the continued popularity of the drug and the subsequent increase in medical studies since has yielded promising results in the use of marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and inflammation.

After compiling an extensive review of over 10 thousand marijuana research studies in 2017, the National Academy of Sciences has finally arrived at several conclusions detailing the relationship between marijuana and inflammation. Here, in brief, is what we know.

What is Inflammation?

The effect of cannabis on the body can be measured by observing its interaction with a specific electrochemical signaling system called the endocannabinoid system. This system is essentially the body’s means of regulating itself in times of crisis. Our body is full of electrochemical receptors that respond to injury and pain whenever it occurs. Natural cannabinoids produced by the body latch on to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and signal tissue around injured areas, decreasing activators and preventing excessive inflammation.

The presence of CB1 and CB2 receptors is an interesting coincidence. While CB1 is responsible for psychological wellbeing and CB2 is largely responsible for proper bone growth regulation, both simultaneously act as receptors for THC –the kind found in marijuana.

Several studies conducted on lab mice with irregular CB1 and CB2 receptors have revealed that the application of THC to swollen areas reduces inflammation. This is a significant find as it suggests that the use of marijuana by those with irregular cannabinoid production can work wonders in treating swelling from physical injury and allergic reactions.

Marijuana Applicators for Inflammation

Aside from traditional smoking, Marijuana anti-inflammatory medication is already in full production and comes in a variety of other application methods, including;


Commonly referred to as “vapes,” vaporizers come in desktop and portable varieties. Both styles work by heating up marijuana (either dried or in a concentrated form) thereby transmitting THC without burning. Vaporizers are clean, discreet, and commonly believed to be less harmful than smoking (though more research is needed).


Gastrointestinal edibles such as brownies, candies, etc. are an excellent means of reducing inflammation without worrying about smoke inhalation. The only real downside of edibles as a treatment method is the slow onset of their effects due to digestion.

Transdermal Patches

Recent marijuana innovations have yielded patches that work much in the same way as birth control and nicotine patches. Most patches are flesh colors and allow for maximum discretion. Due to their high bioavailability, patches rapidly deliver high amounts of CBD  and terpenes into the bloodstream, making them a fast-acting agent in the treatment of inflammation.

Topical Solutions

Featuring balms, oils, creams, and lotions, topical solutions can be applied to affected areas for immediate pain and inflammation relief. Unlike edibles, vapes, or traditional smoking methods, topical solutions are not psychoactive –meaning that they provide relief without inducing a “high.”


Cannabis suppositories are ideal for those with severe conditions. Due to the typical composition of the medication and the administration method, suppositories deliver over 80% of marijuana plant medicine, providing you with immediate relief in as little as 10 minutes without a head high.

Sublingual Applicators

This method involves the use of tinctures and allows for the most accurate dose application available. Tinctures feature measured pipettes, making them optimal for those with a low tolerance or for children. The beauty of the sublingual application is that you can administer the perfect amount of cannabis concentrate to suit your needs.

Best Strains of Marijuana for Inflammation


  • (Hybrid) 50% Sativa /50% Indica
  • THC: 7% – 15%, CBD: 12%, CBN: 1%
  • A medical strain of marijuana used primarily for the treatment of pain, inflammation, and other diseases such as seizures. Will not get you “high,” but will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.


  • (Indica Dominant Hybrid) 60% Indica / 40% Sativa
  • THC: 1%, CBD: 16%
  • This strain will not get you high but will relieve you of pain and inflammation. Typically used in the treatment of digestive problems, sleep disorders, heart disease.


  • (Sativa Dominant Hybrid) 70% Sativa / 30% Indica
  • THC: 1%
  • Named after the angel of healing, this strain has less than 1% THC and features a lot of CBD, making it ideal for medical use. Like the other strains, it offers no psychoactive effects –instead it will leave you in complete control and improve your concentration.

God Bud

  • (Hybrid) 50% Sativa /50% Indica
  • THC: 14% – 22%
  • Known for inducing intense euphoria and laziness, God Bud is an excellent treatment for inflammation and pain. Don’t use it late at night, however, the strain is known to keep users awake.

Purple Urkle

  • (Hybrid) 50% Sativa /50% Indica
  • THC: 18% – 21%
  • Dating back to the 1980s, this strain causes a physical “buzzing” sensation followed by a thorough, sleep-inducing relaxation. Perfect for treating involuntary muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation.


  • (Sativa Dominant Hybrid) 70% Sativa / 30% Indica
  • THC: 1%, CBD: 20%
  • Due to its low THC concentration, this strain will not induce any psychoactive effects. Instead, ACDC will make you more focused and sociable. It’s high CBD content is excellent for treating bodily ailments.


Charlotte’s Web

  • (Indica Dominant Hybrid) 60% Indica / 40% Sativa
  • CBD: 20%
  • Named after Charlotte Figi –a young girl whose constant seizures were stopped by the strain, this groundbreaking herb is responsible for encouraging medical marijuana legalization. The effect of this strain is entirely physical and it’s high CBD concentration makes it one of the most powerful medical strains available.

Marijuana and Inflammation

While there is still a lot left to learn about our new wonder-drug, recent studies have proven that marijuana is an excellent treatment option for inflammation.

Marijuana inflammation treatment methods are widely available and come in many forms. Feel stuck? Try out the GreenMed search engine and Map to find anti-inflammatory options and research dispensaries near you. When you’ve found the right product for you, take advantage of our online menu system to set up orders and deliveries.



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