5 Best Cannabis Strains for Pain Relief from Arthritis [2019 Update]

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Michael Hart, MD & Marijuanabreak Team Michael Hart, MD & Marijuanabreak Team / Updated on July 3, 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. bob drew
    guaranted pain relief

    this product works great,it takes away the pain usually for all day…….

  2. thomas blank
    THCA and CBDA are anti inflammatory, NOT THC, CBD so EAT dont smoke

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21532172 a reference where COX 2 inhibitors are assessed for anti inflammatory function. CBDA and THCA, the acid forms have high levels of inhibition, but the neutrals(THC,CBD) do not inhibit COX 2 and therefore are not nearly as effective. Now THC relieves neuropathic pain and CBD is effective in seizure treatments, but its the non decarboxylated acid forms that are anti inflammatory along with CBGA and CBG. SO those strains will all be good as antinflammatory treatment if you EAT the flower or THCA concentrate(wax, shatter). Smoking and decarboxylation dramatically reduces anti inflammatory effect of these cannabinoids. Still, high beta caryophyllene may still help when smoking. But if you want the big impact, eat, do not smoke. Its amazing how so many people get this part wrong.

    1. Danny L Cherry
      Love it want to join it's great

      Love it want to join

    2. Kristy
      @Thomas Blank

      Apparently I’m a nublet with figuring out the best way to make edibles for pain relief/insomnia. Since I’m on a budget, I’ve been using the Plat OG strain and decarbing before using in oil or butter for edibles. Any advice is much appreciated.

    3. Consepcion Urbina
      Pain and anxiety

      I got some from a smoke shop it’s help but not as much as I hope it would. I suffer from chronic back pack and numbness of both feet cause I was in a coma and woke up paralyze. But I walk today with pain.

    4. Buddly McBudderton
      What about botulism risk?

      Thank you for this interesting input.

      When making canabutter, the advice to decarboxylate first always came with the warning that skipping the step not only failed to turn the THCA into THC, but also exposed the consumer to the risk of botulism. Is that simply an overblown concern with eating bud raw?


  3. Martha oliver
    Still waiting

    I do wish Kentucky get on board. There is enough data accumulated to prove it is beneficial to our health. I taken CBD oil since October 2017 and I can walk without a cane.

  4. Rick Dansby
    White widow or GSC

    White widow and GSC are best for fighting arthritis pain with CBD. Smoke about 1 to 2 grams every alternate day, and it would keep the pain at bay. I was getting crippled because of the severe pain in my fingers, but now I can even chop my own vegetables. I really hate people who say weed is all negative.

  5. Monica Ranson

    I was diagnosed of RA in 2009. I was put on Naprosyn and after some time i didn’t feel any different, so i started on a Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Formula treatment protocol from RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (www. richherbsfoundation. com), the treatment made a great difference for me, it effectively treated my Rheumatoid Arthritis and symptoms. The swellings, stiffness, fatigue and joint/muscle/body pains has subsided, I feel better overall than i have felt in years.

  6. Pam

    I have tried CBD Oil several times. Does it react to alcohol? I got very nauseated when I had wine after using CBD oil.

  7. Brenda Wellbrock
    Been looking for the answer

    How do you get a medical marijuana card ? I’m 100 % disabled.and have degenerative muscles and bones

    1. Lisa
      DOC MJ

      Is it legal in your state? I’m in Florida.. doc MJ…then the health department approves it….

    2. Heidi
      mmj card

      depends what state ur in + if it’s medically legal there. if it is, u needta start by finding a dr. that will certify u with one of the qualifying conditions on THE LIST…they’re always adding conditions + the list is growing. u go to that dr. like any other physician, pay their certification fee ($150) and discuss ur symptoms + what ur hoping this medicine will do for u. if qualifying dr. agrees that ur a good candidate, they will approve u online thru ur state’s Dept. of Health + Human Services, then u go to closest or preferred dispensary + meet with Pharmacist onsite, have ur pic taken for mmj card + pay approx. $100 state fee to dispensary, then wait 3-4 weeks for mmj card to arrive in mail. once u have the mmj card, u will be allowed to enter the Inner Sanctuary, place ur order, pay + pickup products…Good Luck!

  8. Jeremy
    Lyme Arthritis

    You didn’t mention Lyme arthritis? The CDC estimates 300,000 Americans each year become infected with the bacteria.

  9. DJ

    Tells me HOW much you know, by listing CBD strains. Do you really know the difference between Cannabis and Marijuana?? You didnt even list the strains that created these!! ALL Sativas are pain relief…Whos even figured, what THCV isolated does!! Ever hear of Mudd Bight Delight?
    Go take a break…and know… if you take CBD isolate, of course it works, BUT, cake tastes good without frosting too! The problem is this…ALL cultivars work in healing, they work better, in correlation with each other… not by isolation!!

  10. d. cook
    CDB and Parkinsons

    started my dad (91) who suffers from parkinson’s on cdb. if i didn’t see it with my own eyes I would not have believed it. within 2 hours after taking the first capsule his tremors lessened. a few days later while visiting for supper, his hand have no tremors at all. previously he had some difficulty using utensils and when sitting idle both hands would be nonstop. This time he had his hands in his lap and they were still.
    I am completely in favour of him taking this the rest of his days to alleviate his symptoms and give him some peace. will try one with a higher THC value to help sleep in the near futgure.

  11. tammy Bowen-cole
    so many uses for this plant

    so many uses for this plant .. it needs to be legalized in more areas and be able to receive as a script from your doctor ..

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