In the United States today, chronic pain is the most-common cause of long-term disability. It affects more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. According to some research, medical marijuana can be as effective for relieving pain as highly-potent and highly addictive opioids. And while medical marijuana is unavailable to the public on a federal level, those that are in states where medical marijuana is legal have been discovering some of the various strains that work well to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain.
Used for Treating: Generalized Pain, Muscle Spasms, Anxiety, Migraines
Flavor Profiles: Earthy odor, mild, sweet, and vaguely citrusy flavors
Containing less than 6% THC, Cannatonic is the perfect choice for a day time, pain relieving strain with no psychoactive high. Consumers report Cannatonic having a smooth and therapeutic effect, while also having pleasant aromatic qualities. It is a hybrid strain of Spanish seed bank Resin Seeds and contains anywhere from 6-17% THC. It is one of the most sought-after and most prescribed medical strains for those suffering from chronic pain.
Used for Treating: Generalized Pain, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD
Flavor Profiles: Aroma of pine, Spicy flavorings
For those in the medical marijuana know, Jack Herer was a well-known and well-respected cannabis activist. So, it’s only fitting to have a strain named in his honor. Created in the mid-90’s in the Netherlands, this sativa-dominant strain is known for having an energetic effect, like its namesake. This strain is a combination of a Haze hybrid with Northern Lights #5 and a Shiva Skunk. Consumers have described this blend as giving them a creative, blissful, and clear-headed feeling.
Used for Treating: Generalized Pain, Stress, Inflammation, Seizures
Flavor Profiles: Earthy, Woody, Hints of citrus
Canna-Tsu is a high-CBD, very low THC blended strain. Its high CBD level comes from its two CBD-rich parents, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. Because of its low THC content, users find it giving them a mellow effect while retaining mental clarity. It’s a favorite amongst those that need pain management during the day, as this sativa-dominant hybrid does not give you that “high” feeling.
Used for Treating: Fatigue, Stress, Generalized Pain, Depression
Flavor Profiles: Pine, Woody, and Earthy
ACDC is known in the medical marijuana community as one of the most effective pain killing strains out there. What makes it remarkable is its THC:CBD ratio of 1:20. This means the strain induces very little to no intoxicating effects. Some tests have found ACDC’s CBD content to be as high as 19%. This strain is used highly amongst cancer patients to combat the horrible side effects of chemotherapy.
Used for Treating: Nausea, Depression, Headaches, Fatigue
Flavor Profiles: Sweet, Blueberry
A cross between Blueberry indica and Sativa Haze, Blue Dream has become a legend amongst the West Coast strains. Unlike the other strains on our list, this is a higher THC strain at 17-24% while the CBD content stays consistently around .1-.2%. Because of its sweet berry aroma and its blueberry flavor, it is a favorite with newer users to medical marijuana. But it’s flavor is not the only draw of the strain. Blue Dream is known for having a near-immediate and significant pain-relieving properties that are used for depression and extreme nausea. Users claim the strain eases you into a gentle and calm euphoria.
The evidence for medical marijuana and its use for chronic pain relief is increasingly undeniable. But just like with any medication, there are several options. So if one does not work to reduce your symptoms, give another strain a try. Typically, it is best to start with a low dosage, especially if you are new to using marijuana in general. Also with any medication, discuss any potential side effects or interactions with other medications you may be taking, and always obtain your medical marijuana from a legal and reputable source.