What is Permafrost?

Many doctors prescribe different varieties of cannabis for medical patients, especially the chronically ill. Specific strains of cannabis have different medical purposes to them. One of the strains of medically used cannabis available today, is called Permafrost. It is generally recommended for use in the morning and afternoon. Permafrost is named for the frosty or frozen looking appearance of a layer of trichomes that are on its buds. This strain of cannabis comes from the interbreeding of two different, and very well known, strains of cannabis plants called “Trainwreck” and “White Widow”.

What Medical Uses Does it Have?

One of the top medical reasons that it is prescribed includes usage for the reduction of anxiety and depression, and the symptoms relating to them. Doctors also prescribe it to patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses like cancer due to its ability to increase appetites that are poor, and help with nausea that can be a side effect of chemotherapy. While some forms of cannabis leave patients having little energy, Permafrost has the opposite effect. Because this strain of cannabis is a sativa, its use often leaves patients who are prescribed it feeling motivated and ready to go. It helps only mildly with pain. For pain management, other strains of cannabis are considered better than Permafrost. This cannabis hybrid can be used for ADD/ADHD because of its ability to aid in focus and attention. It also has medical benefits that can help patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, and arthritis.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The benefits of this strain of cannabis and its potential medical uses are numerous. However, this strain of cannabis does have potential side effects that patients should be aware of. Many experience excessive thirst or a feeling of “cotton mouth”, dry eyes, dizziness, and sometimes even headaches after smoking Permafrost. Sometimes because of the sense of over focus that can occur, certain people with paranoid tendencies might have those feeling exacerbated. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions concerning Permafrost’s medical uses, and to see if it is right for you.

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