Many patients suffering from acute or chronic pain are choosing to medicate with marijuana. Marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) which are both helpful in the management of pain. THC is a psychoactive compound giving users the typical high experience while CBD provides pain relief (along with being an anti-inflammatory). In 2016, a research paper noted that patients with chronic pain who used marijuana had a 64% reduction in opioid use, better quality of life, and fewer side effects than those caused by traditional medications.
So when it comes to weed, what type of cannabis is good for pain?
Choosing a Marijuana Strain for Pain
As medical research into specific strains of cannabis is limited, choosing the best marijuana strain for pain comes with a little trial and error. Each person’s symptoms may be helped with different strains. Descriptions of various strains are based on general user’s experiences and the levels of THC and CBD. As CBD-heavy strains are perfect for those needing to be active during the day, consider using a strain like this for daily use while using more THC-heavy strains at home when you’re able to relax more.
Patients have reported success with indica strains for soothing pain because of their sedative qualities. With this comes decreased anxiety and sleep aid. Sativas are also great for pain, having been promoted for nerve pain, as well as chronic headaches.
So what’s the best weed strain for pain? Let’s examine a few top choices and help you determine which you want to try:
Back to our old friend ACDC, this strain ranked top of our list for strains to help with anxiety and is back for managing pain. It’s a sativa-dominant strain that is high CBD (as high as 19% CBD content), making it one of the best painkiller strains on the market. The ratio of THC to CBD is 1:20, making this a great strain for those not wanting a traditional high, and perfect for those who need to maintain performance levels throughout the day. ACDC is a top pick amongst chemo patients to fight the negative side effects of treatment. If you’re looking for pain relief, this is a great option to consider.
This is a hybrid strain, crossing Blueberry Indica with Sativa Haze. Along with substantial pain relief properties, it has a very sweet flavor. Blue Dream is a pain reliever as well as used for depression and stress relief. This strain has a high THC content (17-24%) with a low CBD content (just .1-.2%).
A strong indica strain, Blackberry Kush ranks high on our list of best marijuana for pain. As the sort of yin to ACDC’s yang, this strain contains a high level of THC. Patients using Blackberry Kush are likely to experience a sedative effect, fighting pain levels. As THC-heavy strains can sometimes be easier to find than their CBD-ridden counterparts, this strain is easy to come by. It’s recommended to use this strain in the evenings as its effects may reduce productivity in some users.
White Widow makes our list of best weed strains for pain because of its immediate effects. This strain, from the Netherlands, is high in THC (20%) and users experience near-instant effects on mood and pain levels. It’s a hybrid between indica and sativa that leaves your body relaxed, making it ideal for evening use. White Widow is great for sore and inflamed muscles and swelling.
Also known to users as Afghan OG, this strain is almost all indica and has a THC level of 21%. Best used for chronic pain, insomnia, migraines, etc., this strain produces the effects indicas are known for. Patients will feel a euphoric state or mind and body with effects lasting several hours. Another strain perfect for evening use, Afghan Kush is known for making users sleepy.
A favorite among medical marijuana users, Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant hybrid with high levels of THC and CBD. Affecting body and mind, this strain is known for relieving pain and uplifting your mood. The cerebral high Sour Diesel produces is a favorite for creatives, too, making it a poor choice for those suffering from insomnia. This makes our list as a strain perfect for use during the day to give you a boost.
Readily available at most dispensaries and one of the most popular strains on the market, OG Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid containing high levels of THC (20-25%!). Very effective for pain relief and pain management, OG Kush patients often experience high levels of psychoactivity due to the high THC levels. Beginners and casual smokers beware, this may be a strain you choose to pass on. If you decide to take OG Kush on, start slowly.
Having high levels of CBD, Canna-Tsu is a sativa-dominant hybrid that provides pain relief with little-or-no psychoactivity. For this reason, it has become a popular choice for patients looking for pain management with mental clarity. This strain is also used to reduce inflammation. Patients have reported increased happiness and less cognitive interruption with Canna-Tsu, making it another on our list perfect for daytime use.
Named for the famous author and activist, this sativa-dominant hybrid is a favorite weed strain for pain management. Though a sativa strain and not indica-dominant, Jack Herer is full of THC and other natural painkillers. Used also an anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety strain, Jack Herer contains Pinine, a terpene shown in a 2013 study to prevent cancer cell growth in the brain.
Great when used for chronic pain, back pain, and arthritis, Northern Lights wraps up our list of the best marijuana for pain. This indica strain is great as an evening weed and has an intense calming effect on the body. High in THC (17%) and low in CBD, Northern Lights makes you forget about your pain and be at ease. It’s also a great strain to fight anxiety.
The medicinal qualities of marijuana continue to grow in popularity and understanding. As the pain management benefits are more widely understood, patients are able to find relief in ways unavailable to them before. Finding the best marijuana strain for pain requires trying different strains and seeing which works for you. There’s no definitive guide to choosing, though the general effects should help you know where to begin looking. When deciding which is best for you, consider its potency and whether it’s a strain better meant for daytime or evening use.
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