One of the most common applications for medical cannabis is to help manage chronic and acute pain. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, even more, that go through stages of acute pain. Whether your pain comes from a headache, inflammation, cramps, and more, cannabis can help relieve symptoms and help you get moving throughout the day. Let’s get into some of the best strains that you can use to help relieve your pain.
- Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant strain that has received incredible reviews from its fans. It is a high-energy strain and is almost guaranteed to get you up and ready for the day ahead. Sour Diesel is a pretty potent THC strain and will leave you with an uplifting high that can help ease pain and feel energized. Since it provides an uplifting effect, it is perfect for a wake-and-bake session that can help you start your day pain-free throughout the day.
- Northern Lights
Northern Lights provides a comforting body high accompanied by a sense of well-being and happiness. This is a powerful strain, sometimes known as a two-hit and quit. Couch-lock effects will sink in after a few hits. While you may feel locked in and hungry (grab your favorite movie and snacks), your body will be liberated from all aches and pains. The heavier the dosage, the more sedated you will feel. If you have trouble sleeping because of pain, this strain may be your best option.
Harlequin is a CBD-rich strain, so you won’t feel a high like Sour Diesel and Northern Lights might provide. All effects you will experience with Harlequin will be physical and an uplifted mental state. Harlequin is known as a great pain management strain for both mild and chronic pain. The low percentage of THC accompanied with high levels of CBD can help relieve pressures on joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. This is a great strain to use any time throughout the day.
ACDC has very high levels of CBD, and many recreational users may think of the profile more like hemp. Medical patients with severe physical conditions use this strain to help alleviate symptoms from conditions such as cancer, seizures, and severe chronic pain. ACDC isn’t limited to medical patients with severe conditions. Medical patients with minor physical or mental ailments also find many benefits from this strain.
- Jack Herer
Jack Herer, named after one of the most influential cannabis activists, is a fast-acting wake-and-bake strain that provides a noticeable headrush and energy to get the day started. The high from this strain will bring a tingly feeling throughout the limbs and can heighten senses. Because of these effects, Jack Herer can help relieve aches and pains while letting you get through the day feeling energized and creatively stimulated.
- Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)
Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC, encapsulates the body and brings a wave of euphoria and tingles throughout every limb. As the high creeps up on you, make sure you have your favorite snack (preferably some Girl Scout Cookies) and your favorite binge-worthy TV show because GSC’s couch-lock and increased appetite are real. Because of the sedating and physical euphoric effects, GSC can help treat chronic and acute pain, including muscle tension and cramps. You can feel the pain relief coming on within minutes of smoking.
- White Widow
White Widow has fast-acting cerebral effects that allow its users to be more perceptive to their surroundings. Users of White Widow have said that there is an almost immediate elevation in mood. The boost of energy that accompanies this strain helps with pain management and has been known to be most beneficial in treating migraine headaches.
- Skywalker OG
Like some of the other strains that help with pain management, Skywalker OG has a heavy, couch-locking high that will keep you glued to your couch within a matter of minutes. The strong, physical high is hard to ignore with this strain, which allows for complete relaxation of both the body and mind. Skywalker OG is a great option for those who suffer from any type of pain.
- Blue Dream
The cerebral high that Blue Dream brings can heighten senses, help with focus, and get you through the day. As the high builds, a complete state of relaxation will set in, and a numbing sensation will help you feel pain-free and ready for the day ahead. Blue Dream is a great strain for those who experience muscle soreness, muscle spasms, or pain caused by injury, along with chronic pain.
When it comes to pain management, everybody is different. The process of finding the perfect strain to manage your pain may include some trial-and-error, but we hope this list helps you with a starting point.