Medical Marijuana and Pain: A Word About Strains

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Whatever the size or shape of your discomfort, people have seen amazing results lately using cannabis for their pain.

In fact, one of the most common applications for medical marijuana is pain in its many forms-- ranging from inflammation and headaches to neuropathic pain and muscle soreness. Patients have even experienced incredible results using cannabis to treat more serious conditions like spinal injury.

Because every person’s pain is so different, it is necessary to experiment with different forms, like topicals, oils as well as transdermal patches. Smoking and vaporizing are great ways to get marijuana’s painkilling properties too. There are so options available today but first a little education about strains.


Provided you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal– the general rule is that the cannabis strains with high amounts of both THC and CBD are most effective. It is the one-two punch of blending both cannabinoids together that has been shown to really fight pain most effectively. High THC strains like Indica such as Blackberry Kush are particularly effective at alleviating generalized pain. ACDC is one of the highest ranked strains for pain relief because of its high CBD levels. Living with pain is a challenge- chronic pain sufferers are finding relief from medical marijuana and you can too—the key is choosing the right strain for your pain.

What is a cannabis strain?

If you’ve ever researched medical marijuana strains, you probably have come across terms like “indica”, “sativa” and “hybrid”. The two main types of cannabis are sativa and indica. Sativas are known for being uplifting and energizing – they helps to reduce anxiety and stress and increase creativity and focus. Indicas are more sedative, described as having a more full-body effect- with deep relaxation and sleep promoting properties. Hybrid cannabis strains are simply a mix of the two main classes of cannabis—indica and sativa – providing a more balanced effect. Although plant strains can vary in shape, structure and features, they have more in common with each other than previously thought.

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Here is a closer look at some specific strains:

  • Sativa strains aren’t typically a first choice for patients treating pain and inflammation but Harlequin’s high-CBD content is the one exception to the rule. It is described as having an invigorating effect, providing a clear-headedness “head high” and for this reason, it is the perfect option for daytime use.
  • Blue Widow, also known as “Blue Venom” or “Barry White” is a hybrid strain; a cross between parent strains Blueberry and White Widow. Many users have praised Blue Widow for its anti-inflammatory qualities and pain relief. Most likely, Blue Widow’s effectiveness is due in part to its rich terpene profile boasting high levels of caryophyllene which gives way to many beneficial effects.
  • Purple Arrow has been shown to be most effective for headaches and migraines. It starts working quickly which is especially important for migraine sufferers needing swift relief. This type of strain is also effective because it directs its effects right to the crown of your head. Blueberry Headband lives up to its name, delivering direct relief as well as a sweet, fruity flavor.
  • Redwood Kush is the most popular choice for menstrual cramps. It is effective at relaxing the tension in the muscles and is relaxing for both the body and mind. It has a woodsy aroma and the heavy amount of THC is known to work great at easing muscle cramping.
  • Cataract Kush is another intense hybrid that helps manage spinal injury pain. The strain is known for its potency so novices should be careful, but it’s perfect for patients needing something that can effectively numb pain associated with spinal injury.
  • Almost every state with medical marijuana laws allows the use of cannabis for cancer patients. Babba Kush and Granddaddy Purple are great strains at encouraging appetite and hunger. Both also promote sleepiness and restfulness. The soothing power of Northern Lights is great too because it helps with nausea; it has a stomach-calming effect that eases and soothes.

When it comes to dealing with discomfort, medical marijuana can go a long way in helping to remedy pain as well as boost mood and assist with sleep. Understanding the different strains can help you on your journey to health and wellness. Cannabis science on the shelf today has been cultivated specifically for medical use-- the trick is understanding the strains so you can choose wisely.

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