What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain?

Bethan Jenkins

April 18th, 2017


Did you know that there are approximately 1.5 billion people around the world suffering with some kind of chronic pain? Dealing with a debilitating ailment, whether it is a torn ligament, a physical impairment following an accident, or something else that usually requires an over-the-counter remedy for relief purposes, can have an adverse effect on one’s life. The inability to attend work, perform daily duties, or even be an active parent can take its toll on health, relationships, and finances. Demand for medical marijuana is growing, as the scientific proof of ganja’s natural alternative for pain relief is surfacing.

Fighting fatigue, curbing depression, managing migraines, relieving cramps, battling anxiety, and treating arthritis are just a few medical advantages associated with the use of certain cannabis strains. But before we start exploring the best cannabis strains for pain management, let’s see how the scientific evidence stacks up, shall we?

A Scientific Scope on Cannabis Strains

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cannabis and cannabinoids are being put in the spotlight by health professionals.While cannabis has not been approved as a treatment for cancer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quite yet, the NCI acknowledges that marijuana has been relied on as a form of pain relief for thousands of years. As published on their website:

Cannabinoids may have benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects.”

In 2014, the findings of a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NSI) reported a statistically positive benefit in terms of pain relief. These findings were published after a systematic review of randomized controlled trials took place on a group of patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

Popular Cannabis Strains for Pain Management

It is important to know that the THC level varies, depending on the strain you choose. While some strains are unique, others come from stronger “parent strains”. Below, we talk about some of the best cannabis strains to relieve pain:

  • Harlequin  – Patients who are suffering from arthritis or inflammation will opt for the euphoric, focused, and uplifted feeling that this strain provides its users with. Boasting a high CBD content, it is a popular choice for daytime medication.
  • Blue Dream – If you are a fan of puffing sweet-flavored strains of bud that disperse a berry aroma into the air, Blue Dream will be your Holy Grail of pain relief. Expect to feel euphoric and uplifted as you inhale 17-24% THC.
  • OG Kush – Said to be a strain of Lemon Thai and Hindu Kush, this cannabis strain has a THC content of 19-26%. Patients use it to treat insomnia, depression and mild pain.
  • Jack Herer – With an average THC content of 18-23% and a delicious taste that combines Northern Lights #5 with Shiva Skunk, this cannabis strain definitely deserves a mention. It is useful for treating depression and tiredness.
  • White Widow – This strain’s origins come from South America and South Indian indica. Famous worldwide, White Widow combines an earthy taste with a feeling that blends euphoria and pain relief. Try its hybrid cross, Blue Widow.
  • Girl Scout Cookies – Also known as GSC, this strain instils a feeling of calm and relaxation. It is a hybrid of the OG Kush and Durban Poison strains. THC content ranges from 17-2%.

In addition to the above cannabis strains for pain relief, a few others deserve a special mention, such as AK-47, Bubba Kush, Green Crack, and Sour Diesel. For migraine relief, try Purple Arrow, or ease cramps with Dynamite or Redwood Kush. Alternatively, take a hit of the CBD and THC-loaded strain that everyone wants to try – ACDC.

Methods of Using Strains for Medical Marijuana Purposes

There are a few ways in which medical marijuana strains can be used to relieve pain associated with problems and/or conditions like spinal injuries and fibromyalgia.

Here are a few options for all you pot advocates out there:

  • Smoking a joint
  • Smoking a blunt
  • Using a water pipe/bong
  • “Dabbing” it
  • Cooking with it
  • Vaporizing it

The use of marijuana in medicine was first supported back in 1999, when a report was published by the Institute of Medicine. As scientific research continues and new, more potent strains are developing, further legizlation is predicted to follow. This, in turn, will likely lead to patients in new locations being offered medical cannabis strains as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.

Bethan Jenkins

About Bethan Jenkins

Bethan is a full-time wanderluster, traveler, and digital nomad with 7 years of experience in the freelance writing world. She has mastered the art of beating jet lag and using hammocks as an office for content curation.

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