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Best Marijuana Strains for Cachexia

In the United States alone, more than 5 million people are afflicted with cachexia, a wasting disorder that often accompanies severe disorders like AIDS and cancer. Typical symptoms of cachexia include vomiting, which results in nutritional deficiencies and substantial weight loss. But these symptoms can be managed, and many people with cachexia have turned to medical cannabis for help. Here are some strains you can try as part of your cachexia treatment.

Orange Kush

Type: hybrid

THC: 13%-22%

CBD: up to 1%

Dominant flavor: woody, citrus, spicy

Dominant effect: relaxing, euphoric

Orange Kush has been around for a long time, and it is used today by many patients who are struggling with loss of appetite, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, hyperactivity, insomnia, migraines, PMS, anxiety, and many other disorders and symptoms.

Pineapple Express

Type: sativa

THC: 25%

CBN: 1%

Dominant flavor: tropical, pine, citrus

Dominant effect: focused, energetic, euphoric

Pineapple Express is popular not only because of that movie. It is very potent, having a THC level of around 25%. The CBD level is low, but this strain helps patients with nausea, migraine, loss of appetite, chronic pain, and depression, just to name a few aside from cachexia.

Monster Cookies

Type: indica

THC: 21%

CBN: 1%

Dominant flavor: berry, sweet, grape, diesel

Dominant effect: sleepy, hungry, euphoric

This indica-dominant strain is a cross between Granddaddy Purple and Girl Scout Cookies. It makes people sleepy and euphoric and sometimes, it gives people the munchies. This strain is typically used by persons suffering from PTSD, insomnia, migraine, arthritis, chronic pain, and more.

Lavender Kush

Type: hybrid

THC: 10%-20%

CBD: 0.10%-0.66%

CBN: 0.05%-0.40%

Dominant flavor: lavender

Dominant effect: relaxing, happy

The effects of Lavender Kush can vary a lot, but users consistently report feeling relaxed and happy after consuming this. Some disorders that this strain can help you with in addition to cachexia are chronic pain, ADD/ADHD, nausea, hyperactivity, and insomnia.

Sonoma Coma

Type: sativa

THC: 17%-25%

CBD: 0.15%

Dominant flavor: woody, tropical, fruity, herbal, pineapple

Dominant effect: head high, giggly, hungry, energetic, euphoric

Sonoma Coma is known for its hard-hitting high, which is not surprising considering its high THC content ranging from 17% to 25%. At the same time, this strain has been proven helpful by individuals suffering from anorexia, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, depression, and fatigue, among others.

Critical Kush #2

Type: indica

THC: 22%

CBD: 0.01%-0.32%

CBN: 0.01%-0.05%

Dominant flavor: spicy, herbal, woody, pine

Dominant effect: body high, hungry, uplifting, relaxing

Overall, Critical Kush #2 produces a head high accompanied with an uplifting feeling. It can also make you feel hungry, which is why this is often used by people with eating disorders. Other than that and cachexia, muscle spasms, insomnia, fatigue, and depression are reportedly remedied by Critical Kush #2.

Platinum Purple Kush

Type: indica

THC: 18%-23%

CBD: 1%

Dominant flavor: berry, grapefruit

Dominant effect: euphoric, relaxing

Other than patients with cachexia, individuals suffering from insomnia can benefit from Platinum Purple Kush because this is a heavy, sleepiness-inducing indica-dominant strain. Platinum Purple Kush is also good at stimulating the appetite and is allegedly good for people struggling with eating problems.

Afghan Kush

Type: indica

THC: 21%

CBD: 6%

CBN: 1%

Dominant flavor: woody, pine, herbal, spicy

Dominant effect: body high, sleepiness, relaxing, euphoric

Also known as Afghan OG, this strain is known primarily for its high THC content, which is more or less 21%. At the same time, its moderate CBD content can help with migraine, insomnia, depression, and chronic pain, among many others aside from cachexia.


Type: indica

THC: 18%

CBD: up to 1%

Dominant flavor: fruity, sweet, peppery

Dominant effect: focused, happy, relaxing, sleepiness

As the name suggests, the Gigabud strain has giga-sized buds. This indica-dominant hybrid has a moderate to high THC level and a low CBD content, but it allegedly helps many patients struggling with a host of disorders, including cachexia, nausea, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, and more.

Grapefruit Haze

Type: hybrid

THC: 16%-25%

CBD: up to 1%

Dominant flavor: spicy, berry, grapefruit, herbal

Dominant effect: head high, giggly, energetic, creativity boost

This 50-50 hybrid is a cross between BC Grapefruit and Super Silver Haze. The THC level ranges from moderate to high. The CBD level is low, but this is used as an effective treatment by patients suffering from many health problems, such as spasms and asthma. This strain can be found in abundance along the west coast.


Cachexia is one of the most difficult disorders to deal with for patients with severe illnesses. It is also the main physical manifestation of the severity of a disease. Try out the strains in this list, and we hope you find the suitable strain for your condition.