A strain of marijuana called “Queen strain” is becoming legal in several states to help people suffering from anxiety and other mental health issues.
According to the Daily Mail, the strain is now sold by recreational dispensaries and doctors in Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and California.
People who use the strain are prescribed a single dose of a synthetic marijuana known as “King strain,” which is made up of marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), and an ingredient called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the same chemical found in marijuana.
“It’s the most potent cannabis known to man,” the Daily News wrote.
The strain is “legal for recreational use” under the state of Washington, where it is being sold under the brand name “King” and sold for $100 a gram.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are being inundated with calls from people looking for “Queen strains,” the newspaper said.
“People are trying to find strains that they can safely get and use for anxiety and depression,” Dr. Chris Bostwick, an emergency medicine physician and president of the Washington state Medical Cannabis Association, told the Daily Post.
“People are asking for cannabis strains because they don’t want to get high,” he said.
A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology found that patients taking CBD and THC-rich strains of marijuana were “significantly less likely to experience negative consequences from anxiety disorders,” including “psychosis, panic disorder, depression and anxiety.”
According to HealthDay, CBD-rich marijuana has also been found to reduce anxiety symptoms in a number of other conditions, including cancer and epilepsy.CBD is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-seizure agent, and can be used in some forms in many medical treatments.
According a 2016 study, a strain of CBD-containing oil has been found in the urine of 1,200 patients with Parkinson’s disease, compared to the urine samples of 906 patients who did not have Parkinson’s.
Dr. Bostwick said CBD can be “a powerful treatment” for some mental health conditions, and people can also take CBD with their regular marijuana intake.
“The plant has a number different uses,” he told the newspaper.
“For example, it’s a powerful diuretic, a diuretics that can make you feel better.
It’s also used in a lot of conditions for the eyes, for pain management.””
It has anti-microbial properties.
It has antihistamine properties.
There’s also anti-fungal properties,” he added.