5 Best Marijuana Strains for Arthritis Pain Relief [2019 Update]
January 7, 2019

5 Best Marijuana Strains for Arthritis Pain Relief [2019 Update]

Effective Marijuana Treatments
Michael Hart, MD Michael Hart, MD / Updated on January 7, 2019

Marijuana Strains for Arthritis Pain Relief

In the U.S. arthritis is the most common form of disability and medical cannabis is slowly penetrating the market gaining acknowledgment as an effective medical treatment. But before we explain the benefits of cannabis as a treatment, let’s understand a little bit about arthritis.

Arthritis is so common that it affects 350 million people worldwide and around 40 million people in the States. Out of those, 2.1 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis which is seen to be the most common form of the disease worldwide.

While most people think that arthritis is just about the aches and pains associated with getter older, that is far from the truth. Two-thirds of people who suffer are under the age of 65, and there are hundreds if not thousands of children worldwide who suffer from some form of arthritis.

Arthritis: What is This Medical Condition

Arthritis is a term that describes a group of diseases that affect the joints in our body. Some forms of arthritis will even affect your connective tissues and organs, including your skin.

Those that suffer from arthritis will often experience:

  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Reddish joints that are tender and warm
  • Mobility problems
  • Find it hard to do everyday tasks

There are different types of Arthritis, but the most common forms are Osteoarthritis, which is a form of Degenerative Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis which falls under the category of Inflammatory Arthritis.

Degenerative Arthritis
Osteoarthritis or arthritis

Over time, the cushioning surface on the ends of the bones wears away causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. As time goes on these pains may become chronic. Degenerative arthritis is often caused by aging, excessive weight and can be hereditary. Severe cases of Degenerative Arthritis may lead to chronic pain resulting in limited mobility and affecting qualify of life. Degenerative Arthritis can be prevented by staying active and maintaining a healthy diet.

Inflammatory Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. This type of arthritis appears when the body’s immune system is not able to fight off infections and diseases, by generating controlled inflammation, and instead, the body goes haywire with uncontrolled inflammation. The inflammation causes joint erosion and can damage internal organs. With any type of inflammatory arthritis, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are critical.

Infectious Arthritis
This form of arthritis is initiated by a virus or fungus that enters the body and triggers inflammation. Salmonella, Shigella, Chlamydia and hepatitis C are examples of viruses that can lead to arthritis.

Metabolic Arthritis
Metabolic arthritis is caused by high levels of uric acid that humans naturally produce. Uric acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, a substance found in many foods and human cells. In cases where the body produces high levels of Uric acid, the acid forms crystals in the joints resulting in joint pain.

What are the Main Causes of Arthritis?

While most forms of arthritis remains a mystery to most doctors, studies have found that the following causes may increase your chances of getting it;

It has been found that specific forms of arthritis, for example, rheumatoid arthritis are linked to certain genes.

According to recent statistics, most types of arthritis are more common in women. 60% of the people with arthritis are women. Gout is more common in men.

By default as you begin to age your joints start to wear down. It is important to exercise frequently to avoid this.

Excess weight
Those that carry excess weight force their joints and body to work harder than usual. The extra pounds tends to lead to arthritis in the knees.

Although injuries aren’t always in our control, they may cause joint damage that leads to specific forms of arthritis.

Arthritis Treatment Methods
Arthritis Relief Marijuana

Today there are many forms of Arthritis treatments including cannabis. Even though most won’t fully heal the condition, they will provide pain relief. Some analgesics include Tylenol, Percocet, and Vicodin. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Motrin, or Aleve may also be taken to reduce pain and inflammation.

Inflammatory arthritis is often treated with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Corticosteroids like cortisone are often prescribed by doctors to reduce inflammation.

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly can significantly reduce the risks of getting arthritis and it is often recommended by dietitians to eat less sugary foods that only aggravate inflammation.

Arthritis Effects Even the Famous

According to a recent publication by the Telegraph, Oxford University is preparing to launch a £10m research program around the effects of medical marijuana.

The program will be funded by Kingsley Capital Partners, who are expected to help expand the University’s marijuana cannabinoid research in specific medical conditions such as pain, cancer, and inflammatory diseases.

We all know Sir Patrick Stewart, the head of Kingsley Capital Partners, as Professor X, but unlike his fictional character that has super powers, Stewart has been suffering from ortho-arthritis for years and has been using medical cannabis to help his condition.

According to Stewart, cannabis even helps him in such a way that he can now make fists and sleep at night.

Marijuana Treatment for Arthritis

Medical Marijuana Treatment

Over the last couple of years, marijuana has become a popular form of treatment for arthritis patients who want to avoid the potentially awful side effects of using pharmaceutical pain relievers such as prescription opioids and over-the-counter NSAIDS.

While it has been common knowledge in eastern countries that cannabis can effectively treat arthritis related pain, now scientific studies around the cannabis plant are beginning to confirm those thoughts.

In recent studies, cannabis has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in patients with the most common types of arthritis. Thanks to the two major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, patients expressed an ease in their pain after using cannabis.

Furthermore, only a few years ago, researchers from the University of South Carolina discovered that THC, one of the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids, can change critical molecules of epigenome, leading to suppression of inflammation.

Another study published in the journal Rheumatology by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that unusually high levels of CB2 receptors were found in joint tissues of arthritis patients. This led them to conclude that the use of cannabis had a positive effect in combating inflammation by activating the pathways of CB2 receptors.

Cannabis Cannabinoids; THC vs CBD

While there are over 100 different cannabinoids, the two most popular ones are Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, and cannabidiol, known as CBD. THC is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis which gives the effect of what recreational users call the “high.” CBD is considered to be a non-psychoactive component of cannabis that acts as a counter ingredient against THC. It basically helps reduce the high. What most people don’t realize is that both cannabinoids have healing properties.

THC is a strong anti-inflammatory and pain killer and has been shown to assist patients suffering from arthritis. THC is also an antispasmodic, bronchodilator, muscle relaxant – a powerful neuroprotectant and antioxidant. As a matter of fact, it has twice the anti-inflammatory power of hydrocortisone and 20 times of aspirin.

Similar to THC, CBD comes in all levels but is generally no more than 12% of the cannabinoid content of the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD provides potent therapeutic benefits without the euphoria.

THC and CBD are believed to have a synergistic effect meaning that when they are both present at therapeutic levels in a marijuana strain, they are more effective than simply alone.

While CBD was once constantly in the shadows, giving THC all the spotlight, it is now slowly coming into the light due to its healing properties. Similar to THC it has versatile benefits and is helping patients who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, alcoholism, epilepsy, cancer, antibiotic-resistant infections, PTSD and neurological disorders.

One of the most amazing aspects of CBD is its combined strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and neuro-protective properties which assist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Arthritis. Cannabis is now thought to be one of the most effective treatments for these conditions.

So without further ado, here is our list of best marijuana strains that help patients worldwide combat Arthritis

5 Best Marijuana Strains for Arthritis

Marijuana Strains for Arthritis

#1 The Girl Scout Cookies Cannabis Strain

Girl Scout Cookies, aka GSC, is one the best cannabis strains on the market to treat pain. This amazing hybrid strain is known for its high THC content that produces powerful, full-body pain relief.

#2 The Cannatonic Cannabis Strain

Cannatonic Cannabis Strain

Go into any dispensary and ask about his marijuana strain and you’ll get and immediate response; “This cannabis strain is great to treat pain and inflammation.” Cannatonic has a low THC, high CBD content and produces a mellow high that is typically short-lived. It’s the perfect marijuana strain for pain relief and won’t get you couch-locked.

#3 The Famous ACDC Cannabis Strain

ADCD Cannabis Strain

As the rock band put it, this is the T.N.T of all strains. It’s the ultimate powerhouse strain that will blow that pain away. ACDC is a Sativa-dominant strain and originates from Cannatonic. ACDC stands out for its low THC, high CBD ratio providing its patients with immediate pain relief without the high.

#4 The Harlequin Marijuana Strain

Harlequin Cannabis Strain

For those of you who need to function during the day and want to avoid a euphoric high, Harlequin is the perfect strain. This Harlequin Sativa dominant cannabis strain usually has a 5:2 CBD: THC ratio which makes it a super effective strain for treating conditions such as arthritis pain.

#5 The Canna Tsu Cannabis Strain

Due to this strains magical CBD powers, it has become a popular strain used to fight inflammation. Packed with a high CBD, low THC ratio, this strain will keep a clear head and allow you to focus on other things apart from the pain associated with arthritis.

Bonus Tip

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve received a ton of emails telling us about the benefits of raw juicing cannabis. Raw cannabis juices and are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. By juicing cannabis, you can also benefit from Cannabinoid acids and larger doses of vital nutrients.

Final Thoughts About Cannabis as a Treatment for Arthritis

Medical marijuana is only now coming into the light in regards to its therapeutic benefits and how it is helping people with their day to day conditions. One of those conditions is Arthritis. Share your experience with us by commenting below or tell your story on our Facebook post.



  1. jim

    CBD and THC actually cancel each other out. And magic is not real.

    1. duane lisiewski

      I can tell you do not know a think of cannabis which togeather thc and cbd where togeather in the cannabis plant.I think you better do more reading the cannabis plant.

  2. David
    Critical mass

    Critical mass is also a good one.

  3. Phyllis wolfe

    Arthritis sufferer.Osteo and reumatoid. One kidney, no adrenal, anxiety mention a few.

  4. Drew
    Psoriatic Arthritis treatment

    Very helpful article. I have Psoriatic Arthritis and have used Methotrexate along with Naproxen for the past 10 years. I am only 45 and would like to try Cannabis. Does anyone have experience treating this type of arthritis? What strain is best? Thank you.

  5. Donna

    I have had osteoarthritis in my lower back for many years and tried every narcotic my Dr. (a pain medication specialist ) can think of to no avail. My grandson was telling me about the CBD effects. He is only 19 but very knowledgeable about it and so I’ve been checking it out on-line. My pain is excruciating and I use an ointment (prescribed) plus Suboxone (also prescribed but it makes me very sleepy) plus muscle relaxers and Tylenol for arthritis. I have to use all of these several times a day and use a walker to get around. I’ve been to physio therapy (no help at all) and deep muscle massage which is helping a little. What do you recommend for me. I am 76 yrs old and have no social life at all because of my pain.

    1. celt

      Hi, I’m 66 and have the same pain. I cook my pot flowers and or dried leaves for 30 mns in the oven @ 255F, then I add some to my coffee or tea with a little butter in the cup–that holds the thc together. I’m feeling fine in anywhere from 15 mins to 90 mins later…depends on your metabolism. I also changed my diet to an anti-inflammatory diet and juicing. I got off of decades of medications…that took about a year to detox. All I do now is pot at night in my tea and I’m pain-free all the next day.

      1. AndroidREM
        Agree on Infused Coconut Oil and Tea for Pain

        Celt – I do a similar thing as you – decarb the flowers at 225 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes in the oven, then I hand crush the flowers into warm coconut oil (heat so it’s liquid but not boiling) for about 1 hour, then I strain it using cheesecloth into a glass jar and refrigerate that. Do not squeeze or press the coconut oil and flowers because that will cause too much chlorophyl to get into your final oil. Then at night I make tea and put in shavings of the solid coconut oil (solid because it’s kept in the fridge). I have severe osteoarthritis which would cause me to not be able to sleep at all. With this tea, I find myself getting super sleepy about 1 hour later, I sleep a solid 8 hours with no waking up, and wake up feeling much much better!

  6. Sham Man

    Lots of great info! Some extra for those looking for low THC, high CBD. You can not buy AC/DC seeds, and get a pheno like that. The seeds don’t exist, only as Cannatonic seeds. And there these phenos come far in between. But if you have the opportunity to pheno hunt, go for it! If not, you can buy the strains CBD Therapy from CBD Crew, where all seeds come in low THC, high CBD. And the rest of their catalouge in all 1:1 CBD/THC strains!

  7. mona badr

    Hi my name ismona I’m 34 and was diagnosed with severe polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 2 along with depression. I’ve had over 20 operations and medical procedures since I was 16. I’m in constant pain and dilaudid doesn’t help. I did try ketamine infusion treatment which worked wonders but was cancelled in South Carolina. This treatment isn’t covered by Medicare Medicaid and is too expensive for me. Can you please tell me the best THC & CBD cannabis for me that will greatly reduce my pain allowing me to be more active I don’t know percentage or strength I should look for

  8. Petr

    Hi, can I get some science based information, if vaporising CBD strain is good for my 80+ years old father who suffers from arthritis? Are there potential risks for such an old man to start with it? Thank you

    1. Ellen Cantarow

      I use cannabis the way I used to use martinis – to relax and have a nice evening. I also have frequent lower back pain from degenerative arthritis, and as I write this I’m going through a bout of sciatica. On hand I had True OG as well as CBD oil and the two fixed me up completely. I should look into Girl Scout Cookies and some of the other strains rated as among the to 5 or 9 for arthritis sufferers. And this to Doris and Donna above: you must get strains specifically rated for their effectiveness in treating arthritis of either sort. I know, for example, that Girl Scout Cookies is renowned for its effects on pain. You might have to use both cannabis and one of the drugs your doctor has prescribed. Both of your situations sound unbearable and I do hope cannabis will bring you some relief. You will have to get used to the effects on you thinking, etc., and while there are some people (me, for example) who really love the ‘head high’ they get fro high THC content, there are others who prefer low THC to high CBD. There are definitely strains out there that are so low in THC that you get no “head effect” at all, and they’re supposedly excellent for arthritis. The issue will be finding it in your region or finding someone who will travel for you to wherever the strains are obtainable. Alas, it’s an unfortunate fact that since cannabis isn’t legal across the board in the US, the markets are uneven with periodic shortages of strains.

    2. Adam

      Hi Petr, I would recommend that you check out the CBD strains on our site to understand the risks.

  9. LisaT

    Hi! I have been fighting this awful disease of RA/AS for over 3 years now. It is getting worse and nothing is helping. I’ve tried infusions and every med on the market. I am at my breaking point, and need some relief. I don’t know much about marijuana and its different uses, so any advice out there would be appreciated.

  10. Donna Gorsuch

    Please suggest the best strain, my grandmother has arthritis

  11. Maria

    Hi everyone I live in San Bernardino CA I’m 38 I have RA I just want to tell u I don tho much about weed yes as a kid I smoke some to get hight. But now I have pain every dam day I’m in so much pain I was reading on particular stri but there in Oregon I need something with hight cbd and a little THC I work and go to school I don really like the feeling of been hight ..I think I out grow all that shit. I really need help any one can help me please my quadcast Dr put me on biologics which only made it worse so far I have refused to biologics but now my pain is tremendous I can’t live off of steroids cuz I don’t want to turn diabetic I’m in serious need of assistance

    1. A.S.


      Look up Bluebird Botanicals CBD. Not only do they have great products, they have assistance programs. Don’t trust any CBD company that doesn’t post lab results with their product.

      Weedmaps has most of the dispensaries in the SB area.

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