The demographics of cannabis users have changed significantly during the 21st century. A report from CNBC claimed that marijuana use amongst Americans aged 65+ increased tenfold between 2007 and 2017.
There are many possible reasons for this:
- Research is showing that marijuana is potentially safer than commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs.
- Marijuana’s antioxidants could help with issues such as IBS, lupus, hepatitis C, and other conditions that involve inflammatory and oxidative damage.
- Cannabis is seemingly less addictive than legal drugs such as caffeine and nicotine.
- There are a variety of cannabis strains and consumption methods to suit everyone’s needs.
In essence, science is starting to show that many negative cannabis stereotypes are false. Seniors, in particular, are embracing cannabis as a means of reducing reliance on opioids.
This article looks at the best cannabis strains for seniors. First, however, let’s briefly see which ‘type’ of marijuana is best for you.
Sativa or Indica?
These are the two main types of cannabis. Sativas are generally associated with energy and euphoria. They tend to increase focus, improve your feeling of wellbeing, and improve your mood. You might try a sativa to:
- Help relieve chronic pain, including migraines and body pain
- Stimulate your hunger
- Assist with behavioral issues such as ADHD or depression
Indicas are associated with sedation and are often used in the evening to improve the sleep cycle. They tend to make you feel drowsy, reduce nausea, and soothe pain by numbing the body. Here are some reasons why you might want an indica:
- Help you cope with anxiety and stress
- Improve symptoms of glaucoma
- Reduce seizures in cases of epilepsy
- Reduce the pain associated with conditions such as MS and fibromyalgia
You can use the strains we outline below for specific conditions. However, there is little evidence to say that a certain strain is the best for any medical issue. We advise you to use the following information as a guide to help find the best option for you.
1 – Bio Jesus
This balanced hybrid strain hails from the Diesel family, although there’s no definitive information on its genetics. It has an enormous THC content of 25-28%, so this is certainly a strain for experienced users. The high is potentially overwhelming for novices. It is initially cerebral but soon makes its way down the body, numbing the limbs. The likely outcome is couch-lock, so use it in the evening.
MMJ users enjoy this strain because of its ability to reduce the impact of chronic pain. It is extremely high in myrcene, a terpene associated with relaxation and pain relief. It is also an option if you have stress, depression, or anxiety. Another benefit of Bio Jesus is its usefulness for making oils, tinctures, and butter.
2 – Green Crack
This cannabis strain has become a major commercial success. Originally called Green Kush, Green Crack gained fame and a new nickname after Snoop Dogg tried it. The legendary rapper said he gave it the name because of the light-bodied and uplifting high it provides. It is a cross of Sweet Leaf Indica and Skunk #1. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a THC content ranging from 13% to 21%.
Green Crack is an excellent daytime option because it keeps you energized and clear-headed. Users often report feeling happy and relaxed. Some even use it instead of a morning cup of coffee. If you feel more tired than usual recently, see if Green Crack can help give you a little boost.
3 – Blue Dream
This is one of the most famous strains in California, if not the United States. Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Super Silver Haze and Blueberry Indica. Although it has a high THC content of up to 24%, Blue Dream’s onset is relatively mild. Users tend to experience a gentle cerebral high, making it a viable option as a ‘wake and bake’ strain.
Blue Dream is all about helping you feel better about life. Most users report feeling extremely positive after a few tokes of this strain. It has also found support amongst those looking for an analgesic. If your day is marred by constant pain, give Blue Dream a chance. You might find that it alleviates the aches that make it difficult to function and enjoy life.
4 – Afghani
If you have trouble sleeping, this is potentially a strain for you. Afghani is a landrace found deep in Afghanistan’s legendary Hindu Kush Mountains. It is responsible for the creation of multiple award-winning strains, such as Northern Lights and Amnesia Haze. Afghani is a pure indica that contains approximately 17% THC. It is associated with a potent physical high that puts many users out for the count.
Regardless of your THC tolerance, Afghani is unquestionably a strain for the late evening. It doesn’t take long for the sedative effects to take hold. Soon, you’ll find that your limbs feel like lead, and you have no desire to get up. Then your eyelids start to feel heavy, and sleep usually follows soon after. You might get a major case of the munchies before you fall asleep. Therefore, it is wise to have snacks, preferably healthy ones, ready to eat.
5 – Harlequin
You don’t have to get completely high to derive the benefits of cannabis. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Swiss Sativa, Nepali Indica, Thai Sativa, and Colombian Gold. It typically offers a THC to CBD ratio of almost 1:1. Harlequin has 7-10% THC and 10-15% CBD.
As a result, it provides a level of intoxication that means you’re always in control. Users say it enables them to benefit from a pleasant mental release without getting tired. Harlequin usually uplifts users and ensures they remain focused and fully functional. Consider using it if you want pain relief without succumbing to an excessively intoxicating high.
Final Thoughts on the Best Cannabis Strains for Senior Citizens
There is no single cannabis strain that is the ‘best’ for any given issue. This is good news for seniors who often have more than one reason to try cannabis. You could find dozens of strains that help reduce pain or get you to sleep. There are also lots of options if you need something to energize you and elevate your mood.
The important thing is to understand why you are using marijuana. From there, you can make the most of what is a fairly large field of options. Finally, make sure you go ‘low and slow.’ Try a small amount of marijuana first to see how it affects you before using any more.