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As many as 31 million people in the United States are affected by sinusitis, and cannabis could relieve the pain, inflammation, and congestion associated with chronic infection.
Cannabis tinctures, inhalers, and topicals may be better-suited than vaping or smoking cannabis for sinus pressure. In addition, certain strains are potentially more beneficial for sinus pressure than others, including:
- Sour Diesel
- Royal Medic
- OG Kush
- Purple Kush
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How Cannabis Affects Sinus Pressure
Cannabis may relieve sinus pressure in several ways. First, cannabis has been shown in numerous studies to be effective for pain relief in the body. Discomfort in the sinuses and surrounding facial region is one of the hallmark symptoms of sinusitis and sinus congestion. The right dose of medical marijuana could help ease the pain that makes the head feel painful and clogged during a sinusitis attack.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), pinene, and eucalyptol in cannabis act as bronchodilators, meaning they can open and clear airways. Nasal congestion and a runny nose are other common symptoms of sinusitis that cannabis use may help relieve. Along with congestion in the nose, inflammation often triggers sinus pressure and pain. Cannabis has been shown in many studies to have anti-inflammatory effects. A simultaneous decrease in congestion and inflammation could spell relief for the millions of people who experience chronic pain in the sinuses.
Finally, bacteria cause some sinus infections, and the therapeutic compounds of cannabis have demonstrated antibacterial properties. Cannabinoids and terpenes that naturally occur in the cannabis plant could reduce bacteria. However, cannabis is not a substitute for antibiotics; you should take and finish any course that your doctor has prescribed.
Best Ways to Use Cannabis for Sinus Pressure
Some people apply topical cannabis products like creams, gels, and oils directly to the sinuses. Cooling topical products are especially helpful in easing the sinus pressure of sinusitis or even the common cold. Massage a few drops of a cooling cannabis or cannabidiol (CBD) product around your nose and beneath your eyes. Avoid contact with the nasal passageways, and do not apply the product directly to your eyes.
Other ingestion methods, including smoking, sublingual, and edibles, may also be effective for some people. But in general, avoid smoking and vaping when experiencing sinus pain, and smoking and vaping can aggravate this pain and increase sinus headaches for some. On the other hand, sublingual tinctures placed under the tongue and swallowed could soothe a sore throat.
Consuming edibles is an incredibly potent way to experience the potential benefits of cannabis, but take care to dose in moderation and start with low THC levels. Start with some gentle topical products and experiment with other cannabis consumption methods if you want to feel a deeper impact.
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Best Strains for Sinus Pressure
The best strains (cultivars) for sinus pressure pack a one-two punch in relieving pain and inflammation. Here are Leafwell’s picks for the seven best cannabis strains to help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis.
This strain is popular for treating inflammation and pain, two of the most common symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Cannatonic is known for its fast-acting results, making it a good choice if you use topical products that absorb more slowly.
A sativa-dominant strain with clarifying properties, Harlequin can help you feel more clearheaded. As a stuffy feeling in the head is one of the most common complaints among people with acute sinusitis, Harlequin could help resolve this symptom.
Fatigue often occurs with sinus infections, and Sour Diesel is an uplifting strain that could help you feel more energetic. But use with caution, as Sour Diesel is a high-THC strain that may not be the best choice for cannabis novices.
This hybrid strain combines the potency of Critical and Juanita la Lagrimosa. Royal Medic reportedly has bronchodilatory effects, helping open your clogged airways and decreasing pain.
If you have a cluster headache or migraine from your sinusitis, OG Kush may be beneficial. But this high-THC strain could also make you feel sleepy, as it’s known for its sedative effects. Try using OG Kush at night or anytime you have the luxury of staying home and relaxing.
Like OG Kush, Purple Kush also has sedative effects. This indica strain may be helpful if your sinus pain keeps you awake at night.
Rich in cannabidiol (CBD), this strain is said to have potent anti-inflammatory effects. ACDC is a good choice for people who don’t want a psychoactive high.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fastest way to relieve sinus pressure?
Humidifiers and vaporizers are quick ways to relieve sinus pressure, and breathing in steam assists in clearing the sinuses. In addition, some topical cannabis products may provide fast relief from sinus pressure and other sinusitis symptoms.
What makes sinus pressure go away?
Drinking plenty of water, getting sufficient rest, and avoiding smoking are all helpful ways to reduce sinus pressure. If you know that an allergic reaction triggers your sinusitis, avoid any known allergens. Speak with your doctor to determine if cannabis may be a viable treatment option for your sinusitis.
Can sinus pain be cured permanently?
Many people experience chronic sinusitis, meaning that sinus pain recurs. Cannabis is not a cure for sinus pain nor any other known cure. There are, however, numerous treatment options for sinus pain, including prescription pain relievers, nasal spray, and, as a potential supplement, medical cannabis.