According to research by Johns Hopkins, there are approximately 5,300 hospices that participate in the Medicare program. Traditionally, palliative treatment is the goal of physicians when dealing with patients that have a terminal illness. This means attempting to make a patient as comfortable as possible in the final months of their life.
However, many of the drugs used for this purpose also have negative effects. It is at this stage that a physician and patient may decide to use medical marijuana. As well as being a complementary treatment option alongside prescription drugs, cannabis is also seen as an effective solution when patients no longer wish to use conventional medicine due to the side effects.
As marijuana remains federally illegal, despite being legal for medicinal use in 33 states, patients considering it as an alternative form of treatment often face legal challenges. For institutions currently funded by the federal government (Medicare and Social Security), there is a real fear that the money will be withdrawn for allowing patients to use medical marijuana.
Therefore, there is a good chance that a hospice will not make provisions for the use of medical weed, even for patients with a terminal illness. However, if you are allowed to consume medical marijuana as a form of treatment, keep reading to uncover five of the best strains.
1 – Afghan Kush (A Relaxing Marijuana Strain)
This is one of the most popular forms of medicinal marijuana due to its ability to help patients relax. Once you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is clear that depression and stress are likely companions. Afghan Kush is widely regarded as one of the finest indicas (it is almost 100% indica) on the market. It was created by a Sensi Seeds partner over in the Netherlands and originated in the legendary Hindu Kush mountain range.
It has a high THC content of 21% but also contains a massive 6% of CBD. Afghan Kush is extremely potent and should be used in small amounts at first. Once you use this strain, you can expect your stresses and worries to alleviate, and you may even suffer from a fit of giggles. The relaxing effects slowly take hold, and soon, you will be consumed with feelings of positivity.
Afghan Kush is a favorite of pancreatic cancer patients because of the sedative body high. It is an excellent option for individuals with appetite problems due to the fact it provides you with a case of the munchies. Once the indica high takes hold fully, you will find it hard to keep your eyes open and drift into a blissful sleep.
2 – Stephen Hawking Kush (The Genius Marijuana Strain)
The late Stephen Hawking was widely regarded as the most intelligent man in the world. This marijuana strain was named in honor of a genius and contains up to 22% CBD. Also known as SHK, it was the second strain in Alphakronik Genes’ Great Minds series. It is a cross of Sin City Kush and Harle-Tsu.
Stephen Hawking Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid with three phenotypes. It provides users with a unique taste sensation, because the berry and cherry flavors are topped off with a refreshing, minty note. As it contains such a large amount of CBD, it is ideal for terminally ill patients in need of relief without a powerful psychoactive high.
Users of Stephen Hawking Kush enjoy a mellow and uplifting feeling while using this strain. Ultimately, you will feel relaxed and blissful. The effects of this strain should help reduce the level of pain you feel, and perhaps suppress nausea in cancer patients.
3 – Trainwreck (The Marijuana Strain That Elevates You)
Although certain strains of Trainwreck have a THC content of 21%, this is not a strain that will leave you feeling as if you’ve just escaped an accident. Yes, it is potent, but no, it does not leave you completely couch locked. Trainwreck is a sativa-dominant (65%) strain that gets its name from a legendary tale. Apparently, a group of weed growers in California developed this strain but had to move due to a fear of discovery after a train crash happened nearby.
It is a cross of Thai and Mexican sativas and is one of the most popular medical marijuana strains on the market. You should feel a cerebral high almost immediately after using it, and users often claim that Trainwreck makes them feel inspired. If you have a terminal illness and are looking to leave a creative legacy, this may be one of the best strains for you.
Trainwreck is an extremely popular painkiller and is known for helping patients with chronic pain and muscle spasms. Indeed, an increasing number of patients are ditching prescription medications to use this strain. It is also widely used by cancer patients with a loss of appetite due to chemotherapy or other chemical treatments.
4 – Green Crack (A Top Shelf Marijuana Strain)
This marijuana strain was initially called Green Kush but was renamed ‘Green Crack’ because of the uplifting high it provides, plus the fact that once you smoke it, you’ll be keen to try it again and again. It is a sativa-dominant (75%) hybrid that is a cross of Sweet Leaf and Skunk #1. With a THC content of up to 21%, Green Crack is not a strain to be trifled with.
It happens to be one of the world’s most popular sativas. The potent cerebral high it provides ensures that users feel joyful and euphoric. Also known as GC, this strain is ideal for morning use because of the energy boost it offers. Artistic and creative individuals will also appreciate the heightened sense of focus they experience after using Green Crack.
Whether you have pain, fatigue, or loss of appetite, this strain can help you. No matter who you are, if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, there is a strong possibility that you will suffer from depression. If you feel the dark clouds forming within you, use Green Crack to bring some much-needed happiness into your life.
5 – Godfather OG (The World’s Strongest Marijuana Strain?)
There is a question mark because no one is completely sure. For example, it is believed that a breeder in Portland, Oregon, created a strain called Future (#1) with a THC content of 37%. However, High Times claims that Godfather OG is the most powerful weed in the world with a THC of up to 34%! It is believed that this strain is a cross of Alpha OG and XXX OG, but there is another variant that’s a cross of Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush.
If you have a terminal illness, you will give almost anything to forget your worries for a while, and this is precisely what happens when you use Godfather OG. It is a slightly indica-dominant (60%) hybrid that begins with an uplifting sensation, that soon brings rays of sunshine into your life.
The effects intensify quickly, and you feel positively euphoric. Eventually, the indica effects take over and provide a sense of complete relaxation. Therefore, use Godfather OG if you are suffering from an anxiety disorder caused by a terminal illness diagnosis. It is also a fantastic strain if you suffer from insomnia because it will help you ease into a deep sleep.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana Strains for Hospice Care and Terminal Illness
There seems little doubt that medical marijuana offers hope on the otherwise bleak horizon for hospice patients and those with a terminal illness. Although there is a suggestion that weed potentially has anti-tumor properties, no one is reasonably suggesting that cannabis can cure a terminal condition. However, it can bring joy to the lives of people with little to look forward to, and could reduce pain, aid sleep, and increase appetite.