5 Ailments, 5 Cannabis Cures

Which strain of medical marijuana will best cure your asthma, glaucoma and other common ailments?

March 16, 2017

By Steve Burgess and Stacey McLachlan

Is cannabis a cure-all? If so, the Vancouver housing crisis is going to get a lot worse, because people in this city are going to live forever. Medical marijuana is easier to find than a decent burrito to munch afterward, and it can allegedly treat everything from muscle spasms to insomnia to diabetes—though what it can’t cure is the pain of embarrassment that comes from using the stoner-kid names given to each strain.

Asthma

The treatment “Critical Kush”
Why? THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) helps dilate respiratory passages (though smoking probably isn’t the best intake method).

Arthritis

The treatment “Blue Widow”
Why? Thanks to massive amounts of THC, this strain is highly anti-inflammatory.

Crohn’s Disease

The treatment “Confidential Cheese”
Why? Muscle spasms and cramps are reduced thanks to CBD levels.

Glaucoma

The treatment “XXX 420”
Why? The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidol) in this strain help lower inner-eye pressure.

Osteoporosis

The treatment “Pineapple Purps”
Why? The high-THCV strain is thought to stimulate bone growth.


Check back for more from VanMag‘s 25 Ways to Live Forever package (our March 2017 cover story!) to learn about the myriad ways—blood transfusions, juice cleanses, IV drips—Vancouverites chase the dream of eternal youth.

Get the Newsletter

Own your city with Vancouver’s thrice-weekly scoop on the latest restaurant news, must-shop hotspots and can’t miss events. Rest assured your email is safe with us.