Medical marijuana is becoming a real power player in the medical field.
An area of interest has been its use to potentially help cancer patients undergoing treatment. Most chemotherapy regimens are notorious for making people ill, so much so they might even refuse food.
People with other conditions or taking other medical treatments may also struggle with their appetites. Some drugs completely suppress appetite, making it difficult for users to maintain their weight.
Marijuana has a reputation in popular culture for inducing “the munchies,” intense hunger and a desire for food. Medical marijuana could help boost your appetite.
There are many different strains of medical marijuana. Almost all of them have been developed to maximize a particular effect. For example, some strains claim to be better at managing chronic pain, while others claim to promote sleep.
The same is true of boosting appetite. Certain strains of medical marijuana have been bred specifically for their effects on the appetite.
Many strains claim to boost appetite. You can easily find “top 10” or “top five” style lists of different strains. The sheer amount of choice could leave you wondering, “which one really is best?”
Plenty of Options
In addition to the “top 10” appetite-boosting strains, some sites also list medical marijuana strains with other effects on the digestive systems. For example, you can find at least 20 strains reported to do each of the following: calm the stomach, make you hungry, and relieve nausea.
Sometimes, the name of a strain indicates its function: Girl Scout Cookies and Monster Cookies are two strains recommended for appetite-boosting. Many varieties bearing the Kush name, such as Purple Kush and Orange Kush, are also said to be excellent options for boosting appetite.
Indica, Sativa, Hybrid
You probably know medical marijuana comes in two dominant “types”: indica and sativa, which are derived from different (but closely related) marijuana plants. Some strains have more of one or the other, while others are hybrid strains created by breeding the two together.
When it comes to boosting the appetite, indica strains appear to be more effective. Hybrids and mixed strains with a higher level of indica also fair well, but the front runners are almost invariably potent indicas.
Only a handful of sativa strains are considered potential appetite boosters.
King of the Crop?
So, which medical marijuana strain is the absolute best?
When it comes to medical marijuana, there is no such thing as “the best.” What there is, however, is “the best for you.” Since everyone’s physiology is unique, people react to different strains, well, differently. One person might really like a heavy indica strain like Goo or Purple Kush, while another will find it too harsh for their system. They may prefer a lighter indica, a hybrid, or even one of the rarer appetite-boosting sativas.
What this means is you need to do some experimentation and find out what works best for you. There are plenty of options, so you’ll likely find something that works.
How Can You Choose?
With so many options, it can be overwhelming to even pick one strain to start experimenting with. Where should you start?
Talk to your provider about your needs and work from there to design a customized plan for you. As a rule of thumb, always remember to start low and go slow.