5 Best Weed Strains for Fast Back Pain Relief (2019 Update)

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on May 7, 2019

Best Marijuana Strains Back Pain

It can suddenly hit you, out of the blue, a pain in your lower, middle or upper back that causes you to stop in your tracks. It almost never happens at a convenient time or place, and for most of us, it will always happen when you’ve got something highly important to do. Before we show you 2017’s best strains for back pain, let’s understand a little bit more about back pain and how marijuana can help.

Unlike what most people think, back pain is very common. According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 80% of all Americans will suffer from low back pain at least once in their lives. Furthermore, it is significantly more common among adults aged between 35 and 55 years.

Related article: The Best 5 Marijuana Strains For Chronic Pain Relief (2019)

What is Back Pain?

Back pain can appear in all shapes and sizes, and it is a completely different unpleasant experience for each individual. For example, one person may have a large herniated disc and experience hardly any pain at all, and another person may have a simple muscle strain that causes excruciating back pain.

Back pain is extremely complicated, for some people the pain can last for an hour or two, while others will suffer for days or even weeks at a time.

To determine the exact cause of most back pains is an extremely difficult task and it often puzzles doctors. The spine is a complex chain of bones that keeps us upright and connects the different parts of our skeleton to each other. It is interconnected to many different parts and functions of our body, and many parts of these overlapping structures are capable of producing back pain. Due to the anatomical structures in the spine, it is often hard to pinpoint the exact injury and determine the cause.

Causes of Back Pain

Marijuana Strains and Back Pain
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The most common causes of back pain are strained muscles, ligaments and muscle spasms which can be a result of lifting something improperly, an abrupt and awkward movement or even an infection.

Other causes of back pain can be a result of structural problems. Some include:

  • Ruptured disks – Each vertebra in our spine is padded by disks. If the disk ruptures, it will place immediate pressure on the nerve, causing back pain.
  • Bulging disks – Similar to a ruptured disk, a bulging disk can result in pressure on a nerve, causing back pain.
  • Sciatica – A shooting pain that travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg.
  • Arthritis – Patients with osteoarthritis tend to experience problems their lower back.

The causes of back pain are never ending and with today’s fast-paced lifestyle, simply things such as a bad mattress, sleep disorders, work pressure, poor posture and more, can also result in back pain. Even a simple sneeze can throw your back out, especially for those who have a weak back.

Pharmaceutical Back Pain Remedies Which are not Marijuana

Just as there isn’t one type of back pain, there isn’t just one treatment. There are those that believe in simple rest, heat and ice packs and there are those that will treat the pain with medication, depending on the intensity of the pain.

Tylenol ( acetaminophen), is a common over-the-counter pain reliever used to treat back pain. There are also prescription-only aids such as Celebrex, Voltaren, and Relafen. Severe back pain is commonly treated with opioid narcotics.

While these prescription based medications may relieve severe pain, they are extremely addictive and have significant side effects, such as stomach upset, gastric bleeding, and ulcers.

Medical Marijuana and Back Pain

Medical Marijuana Chronic Back Pain

Over the last couple of years, medical marijuana has slowly become the treatment of choice for many chronic back pain patients. Already in 1975, scientists began studying THC in cancer patients and found that marijuana was extremely effective in relieving pain without significant side effects, apart from munchies.

Other studies have also contributed to the field. A 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) presented evidence that spinal cord injury and other forms of acute pain could be treated with cannabinoids, which are found in marijuana.

Another study released by the University of Colorado Spine Center found that cannabis relieved back pain in a safer and more effective way than opioids. According to the results, 90% of patients reported a significant reduction in pain and 80% considered the cannabis-based treatment equal or greater than opioids.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana

The benefits of medical marijuana are endless, but if we had to name a few, then the following would rank top on our list.

  • Marijuana will reduce or eliminate pain, allowing you to continue being active
  • Cannabis allows you to eliminate the use of potentially addictive medications and side effects
  • Marijuana can assist combating side effects that result from back pain, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
  • Marijuana will help you lead a better quality of life

5 Best Marijuana Strains for Back Pain Relief

Medical Cannabis Strain

Marijuana Strain #1 – OG Kush

OG Kush is an Indica dominant marijuana strain, and it is known for its high levels of THC, allowing its patients to achieve a euphoric high relieving them from pain and muscle spasm. This marijuana strain has approximately 23% THC and only about 1% CBD. OG Kush is also one of the more psychoactive strains of cannabis on the market and can be found on every street corner and local marijuana dispensary.

OG Kush Top View

Marijuana Strain #2 – Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue, also known as 420 Glue is a well balanced hybrid strain created through cross-breeding Chocolate Diesel and Sour Diesel. With an average of 25% THC, this marijuana strain packs a punch and will leave you couch-locked for a few hours. Due to its strong effect, it is often used for serious back injuries and chronic conditions. It is best to use this cannabis strain before bedtime as it will end in a long deep sleep.

Marijuana Strain #3 – ACDC

Unlike the Australian rock band, ACDC is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that is high in CBD (20:1). CBD can range between 16-24% CBD and THC levels can range between 0.4-1.2%. Due to its high CBD levels, it hardly has psychoactive side effects but is an amazing pain killer for chronic pain sufferers.

Marijuana Strain #4 – Uncle Andy

This cannabis strain isn’t one of the more popular ones, but it is an effective treatment for back pain. It is a Grade A marijuana strain that is covered with trichomes. You’ll be able to smell this strain from a mile away due to its fruity, funky skunky smell. It provides an instant feeling of high after exhale and normally lasts up to 3 hours.

Marijuana Strain #5 – Harlequin

Harlequin is a hybrid marijuana strain that is Sativa dominant. It is crossed between Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss Landrace. It relatively high CBD (4%-10%), compared to other cannabis strains which is why it is perfect if you are looking for treatment with no euphoric high. Harlequin is known to act as the most viable relaxing and calming solution and is perfect to use during the day.

Harlequin Cannabis Strain

Final Thoughts About Marijuana and Back Pain

Those of you who suffer from back pain know that when the pain hits you need an immediate solution. We hope these cannabis strains will provide some relief and if you’ve got any experience with other strains, please share your knowledge on our Facebook Post.

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  1. David Manevich
    Blue Dream

    Blue.Dream helps me alot with my 30 year chronic low back pain. But as new strains are developed all the time. And Ohios med mj program wont let the cultivators use known strain names they have to give it an ohio name. Some might be as simple as dropping part of the name like Pineapple express is just pineapple but others are cross breads from known genetics but new names compleately. Its hard to find genetic and terpene info

  2. Voice of Reason
    Purple Punch

    I have a locked up S/I joint in lower back. Major issue is sleeping through the night. Have gone the Norco and injections route but don’t like putting all that crap in my body. My dispensary recommended Purple Punch for both back issue and help me recover from shattered shoulder. Awesome strain! Nice indica lets me push through home PT for arm then as it wears off; nighty night. Heavy hitting indica so novices, use sparingly at first.

  3. Kevin Gomez
    Yes True!

    I am into trying different strains from the last many years and can definitely write a book around this. As far as back pain is concerned, in my opinion, ACDC and gorilla glue are great ! These two work very quickly on back pain and other pains which are due to stiffness or over exerting I feel. I frequently give these to my old dad who has a hump kind of in his spine, so the nerve gets pressed sometimes it is severe pain. It works ok for him.

  4. Karen
    Can I take these two together

    I have cannabis medical gummies sativa blend.225 mg THC total.
    15mg THC.
    I am also taking oxycodone 5 mg a day, which is not really helping with pain. My question is can I take the sativa with the oxycodone?

    1. Bryce

      Hey Karen I have scoliosis and a herniated disc and I would suggest upping the dose of the edibles it helps me I use the indica edible though

      1. Tom Barnes
        Glad and blessed to have this plant

        Thank you for the reply, I just received the same diagnosis and starting the process of cannibas for
        help.Good Luck I hope you fee better

  5. Honey

    I suffer from back pain neck pain knee pain shoulder pain and I smoke everyday to relieve the pain in my body and I have to because when I don’t smoke I can’t sleep I can’t eat I’ve never tried the vapor electronic cigarette but I would like to see how it is everybody tells me it’s great but they won’t tell me where to go get it at

    1. Barbara Thomson
      Vape pen

      This is in reply to the comment from Honey. You can purchase a rechargeable vape pen from just about any dispensary then you can just get new cartridges for it when need be. Very simple, just don’t buy a disposable!

  6. Jennifer Smith
    Great article!

    For 5 years, I have been suffering from back pain. CBD helped me. Great info!

    1. Demetrius
      Replying to Jennifer

      Jennifer did a doctor prescribe this for you? CBD

  7. Sam

    Nice Information, i have little worried about how to solve the back pain, but by reading this article i found it really helpful to that cannabis can help in back pain. Also i heard about MedMen a leading cannabis production company, who provide the various types of cannabis product in the United States, mainly in California, Nevada and New York.

  8. Kyle
    CBD oil

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  9. Gary

    I live in a state which has yet to allow medical/recreational legalization and is now forcing doctors to cut back dosages of opioids. I have had 5 back surgeries and suffer from high level chronic pain. Now you have given me solid information to work with although it may involve a move.

  10. Ester Chavez

    I have frequent back pain but gorilla glue helps a lot

  11. Helen Gale

    Back pain is bad but ACDC is fabulous for curing it. It is natural and doesn’t have any side effects.

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