One of the most common uses for cannabis is for pain management. Whether it is chronic pain due to illness or injury or conditions such as fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis, cannabis has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe pain from the inside and promote mobility and comfort. In fact, THC was found to be 20x the inflammatory power of Aspirin with twice the anti-inflammatory potency of hydrocortisone.
With the variety of cannabis strains available some will have more pain-relieving properties than others. Here are some our top picks for best cannabis strains to relieve pain!
This is a potent blend of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani that produces a 100% pure Indica strain. Purple Kush averages 22% THC and was rated one of the Most Powerful Strains according to High Times Magazine. This is a potent blend of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani that produces a 100% pure Indica strain. Purple Kush averages 22% THC and was rated one of the Most Powerful Strains according to High Times Magazine. The sweet smell of grape and earthy tones with this strain are the perfect backdrop for its blissful and long-lasting effects that provide a euphoric cerebral experience as well as relaxing body effects to leave you pain free.
A classic option, Granddaddy Purple was derived by breeding Purple Urkle and Big Bud to produce a potent Indica-dominant strain. Granddaddy Purple was named for its purple hues and grape flavor that is fairly unique to this strain. Producing a serious kick of both physical and cerebral effects, this strain provides overwhelming physical relaxing with an uplifting euphoria to battle everything from muscle spasms and chronic pain to insomnia and appetite loss.
Girl Scout Cookies
One of the most popular boutique cannabis strains, Girl Scout Cookies is a potent hybrid of OG Kush, Durban Poison and Cherry Kush. In fact, this strain is so potent it can reach THC levels of up to 28% when grown in ideal conditions. With a sweet flavor and a Sativa/Indica ratio of 40:60, Girl Scout Cookies produces powerful yet balanced effects that can last for hours! The result is a mixture of happiness and euphoria combined with heavy hitting couch-lock effects ideal for relaxing the body and relieving pain.
This strain is also high in CBG, which ensures a more balanced experience and prevents paranoia or anxiety in this strain.
A very well known strain, Northern Lights is a pure Indica that was derived by blending Afghani and Thai landrace strains for potent results. The THC levels typically reach 16 and 21% making it a great medical option. While an Indica-dominant strain, Northern Lights offers a balanced physical and cerebral effects that provides body relaxation and a buzzing cerebral euphoria to boost mood and relieve pain. This strain has a sweet, piney flavor and will help you unwind after a long day and leave your pain at the door as it eases you into sleep.
This Sativa-dominant hybrids history is a little fuzzy but what we do know is that this strain has near-even Sativa and Indica genetics, leading to balanced effects. OG Kush is a potent strain choice with THC levels that can reach up to 21-24% under optimal growing conditions. The high potency results in hard-hitting effects that combine intense euphoria with heavy body relaxation leading to couchlock. The potent and balanced effects are what makes OG Kush an excellent option for managing pain as well as insomnia and even Alzheimer’s Disease.
Derived by crossing Skywalker with OG Kush, Skywalker OG is a potent Indica-dominant strain with THC levels that can average around 20-25%. The effects lean more towards Indica with a ratio of 85:15, resulting in heavy physical effects. This strain also provides a mild but uplifting euphoria but is predominantly a body strain that results in couchlock and relaxation, which helps users to fade into a deep and peaceful sleep.
While CBD is not as potent as THC when it comes to pain relief, it is still a powerful cannabinoid that lends relief to its users, all without the “high”. This makes it ideal for work hours or daytime use or for individuals that do not like the feeling of being stoned or who may have adverse effects from THC, such as increased anxiety.
With high levels of CBD and little-to-no THC, Charlotte’s Web is an ideal strain for patients interesting in soothing relief without the psychoactive effects. Named after a girl named Charlotte, for whom the strain was designed, it is a safe and effective choice even for children. Designed to manage seizures, Charlotte’s Web is also a powerful choice for pain relief.
Designed to be a high CBD and low THC strain, Cannatonic was bred to treat a variety of pain-related issues as well as manage mood disorders. This strain typically has a higher CBD content of around 10-12% with lower THC levels topping out at 7-15% at most. While this strain does not produce a heavy high, it has pleasant citrus tones and produces very laid back and relaxed effects.
In addition, Cannatonic has been linked to reducing muscle and joint inflammation which makes it ideal for pain relief as well as post-workout use.
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