The Best 5 Marijuana Strains For Chronic Pain Relief (2019)
January 2, 2019

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

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 2, 2019

Chronic pain is one of the most uncomfortable and difficult ailments to manage. Furthermore, it is one of the most common reasons why people seek out medical marijuana. According to a recent study by the CDC revealed that around 50 million Americans, suffered from chronic pain, which was defined as “pain on most days or every day in the past 6 months.”

The main issue with pain is the fact that despite ongoing efforts by scientists and researchers to try to determine the exact cause of specific pains in our body, pain does not have one direct root and is often a vexing problem to treat. It is so complex, that for specific pains there is no effective medicine.

Medical marijuana has long been associated with chronic pain relief, but when it was classed as an illegal drug, pharmaceutical drugs slowly became the norm. Current laws and restrictions have forced doctors to take a more conservative approach, and nowadays most physicians prescribe mainly pharmaceutical drugs to treat different forms of pain rather than cannabis.

For acute pain, such as the discomfort that follows surgery, doctors tend to prescribe opiates: drugs that derive from chemicals. The problem is that for chronic pain, these type of drugs seldom work. Even when they are effective, they tend to cause side-effects such as nausea and sedation. Other chronic pain suffers will often develop tolerance to opiates turning this form of treatment into an ineffective one.

According to a new report released earlier this year by the National Academies of Sciences Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), there is conclusive or substantial evidence (in general, enough to make a firm conclusion) that cannabis or cannabinoids, found in the marijuana plant, can be an effective treatment for chronic pain.

How Does Marijuana Help?

According to the NASEM report, cannabinoid compounds that come from the cannabis plant such as THC and CBD are an effective treatment for pain. The report suggests that this is assumably due to the natural cannabinoid receptors our bodies have and play a role in pain control.

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5 Strains for Chronic Pain

When deciding what  marijuana strain is best for your chronic pain there several things that you should take into consideration. It is also important to note that there are dozens of different marijuana strains on the market that can help. Each are best for a specific pains or conditions. There is no right or wrong when choosing a marijuana strain. It is entirely subjective and depends on the type of pain that you are experiencing and the level of psychoactivity you are comfortable with.

For one patient a particular cannabis strain might be an effective treatment, and for another, with a similar condition, the strain simply won’t be as effective.

Furthermore, it is important to remember that each patient is different and choosing the right cannabis strain may take some trial and error. With that all being said, here are some examples of cannabis strains that have ranked on most site’s top 5 lists.

Cannabis Strain #1 – White Widow

White widow cannabis Strain

White Widow is a hybrid marijuana strain. It derives from two different strains; South Indian Indica and South American, which is a Sativa strain. This cannabis strain offers excellent pain relief as well as an uplifting, energetic, and euphoric feeling. It is known for treating stress, depression and lack of appetite.

Cannabis Strain #2 – Blue Dream

Blue Dream StrainBlue Dream is a hybrid marijuana strain, a cross breed between the Sativa Haze with Blueberry Indica. It has a sweet flavor and is favored by many smokers. This strain is known for having significant pain relief properties it commonly used for depression and stress relief. The THC content of Blue Dream falls between 17-24% while the CBD content ranges from .1-.2% consistently.

Cannabis Strain #3 – Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush Cannabis Strain

Deriving from the Hindu Kush landrace cannabis strains this unique strain offers an earthy flavor. As it is Indica based, it provides a very relaxed and sleepy effect for many who enjoy it for their pain relief. It is also known for being the marijuana sleeping pill, as it does wonders before bedtime relieving pain addressing stress, depression and assisting with insomnia. The THC content of Bubba Kush ranges from 14-22%, and the CBD content ranges from .06-.1%.

Cannabis Strain #4 – AK-47

AK-47 cannabis Strain

AK-47 is kind of like a cannabis mix. It comes from a variety of different strains including South American, Mexican and Thai Sativa strains and the Afghani Indica strain. It is great for relieving pain, eliminating stress and managing depression. Being a sativa dominant strain, it also provides an uplifting effect. So make sure you don’t smoke it before you go to sleep.

Cannabis Strain #5 – Jack Herer

Jack herer marijuana strain

Jack Herer is named after a renowned cannabis activist, and similar to Jack himself this strains is extremly effective. This powerhouse strain will help to ease pain while providing you with the benefits of Sativa. It is often used to treat depression, lack of appetite and fatigue in addition to pain. The THC content of Jack Herer ranges from 18-23% and the CBD content ranges from .03 -.2%. This strain is a cross between Shiva Skunk, Northern Lights #5 and a Haze Hybrid.

We’ve selected only 5 strains that can help some of you with your conditions. If you are aware of any other effective strains, share them with the community on our Facebook Post.

  1. Paul Mielnik
    Arthritis usage

    I’m 72 with severe arthritis in knees, hips, hands, and suffer muscle cramps in throat and legs. I use weed to alleviate pain, works well. Problem is that I do so illegally here in Ohio because on my low income i can’t waste money trying to get approved for card if arthritis pain is not covered. How do I get in touch with others who may have gone through the process?

  2. Sharon parker

    What marijuana oil can my husband use for chronic throat pain due to acid reflected?

  3. Pam
    Wanting to try Marijuana for severe pain.

    I don’t like a high feeling and I want to function. I have severe pain from a fried back. Bone on Bone L3 to L5, bulging disc L5 to S1, S i Joint malfunction with arthritis, I figure my spinal stenosis is the least of my problems… I get a vibrating pain from the waist down pretty much 24/7.. It’s kind of like the feeling you get when you get the crap scared out of you. I am post menopausal and heat flashes really put that vibrating pain in over drive and occasionally it’s starting to spread to my entire body. CBD oil doesn’t do anything to help. Percocet quit working so a ER doc friend gave me some of his Morphine pills for the past year… I cut them down into tiny pieces to wean off them but now they aren’t helping my pain… Thanks to anyone that can give me suggestions….

    1. Linda
      For Pam

      Much to my amazement just using” Cresco 10mg (1:1) Balance 10pk 10.0mg
      ‘10.7mg has allowed me to stop taking 200 mg of tramadol every day. Also the THC Lotion has helped my knee problems. I still use a Butrans20 patch which is also very helpful. I’m starting to taper down on the patch. Wishing us both better health – Linda

    2. Vincent Cappello
      Because opiates are for people with terminal illness, not for people that can live .

      Get off the opioids do what you said, wean yourself of them slowly cutting the dose down weekly and use Alieve ,Motrin,or Tylenol for pain, and cannabis for breakthrough pain.That’s how I did it 3 years ago, now I’m just taking Aleve smoking marijuana and my pain is not completely gone but it is much more tolerable and less intense . Good luck God bless.

      1. Sarah
        You are wrong

        Your wrong in saying that opioids are for people with terminal illness.

    3. Kambo Spirit
      Take a look at the benefits of Kambo

      Just a thought Pam. Have you tried Kambo? If you haven’t heard of it do some research. It may help with your symptoms. Its contains peptides including Dernorphin and Dermaseptin which may help with lain relief. There are practitioners worldwide and I am sure there would be one local to you. Take a look at the IAKP website. I hope this helps.

  4. Open Mind
    Novice user experience

    I am relatively new to medical marijuana and have not been a recreational user. So my comments are seated in that background.

    I have found some strains can be super helpful, while with others the “side effects” outweigh the benefit.

    I started with CBD only, and found that although it doesn’t make me “high” from a disorientation or short term memory loss perspective, it did feel weird. I found it like a lid was placed on my mind and by itself it didn’t really help the pain that much.

    So I started trying some blends and find this absolutely the solution. My favorite so far is Harle-Tsu. The variant I was able to get was a 2:1 CBD to THC variety and it made a huge difference. Using it once a day regularly for arthritic knees I have found that I am rarely aware of my knees anymore (I use to plan my activities around minimizing stairs and other movements that hurt) and now I can actually work out again without thinking about the pain. It leaves me clear headed, and uplifted in terms of mood.

    Unfortunately the availability of various strains fluctuates – and area where marijuana really deviates from conventional medicine. So I am on the hunt for some alternatives.

    I have also found Shark Shock (a 1:1 CBD to THC variety) to be very helpful, but a little too sedating for daytime use.

    I am open to suggestions from others on options to explore. I have focused primarily on buds because the oils tend to be extremely potent. But am now to the point where I would like to try some oil vape carts. The bud I also vaporize, but it takes several minutes to get a good dose (maybe 4 puffs). I am thinking that one hit from the right vape cart might make medicating on the go easier. I’m not looking to chill out from it, I am using it to help me remain functional. Pain is inhibiting in many ways.

    I have heard Indica strains are better for pain. Would like to try one for nighttime if folks have suggestions. My pain is arthritic knees.

    1. Amber
      Lupus sucks ..but it could suck less.

      I have lupus and it feels like the flu every day of my life… as well as severe fatigue. It goes in a circle with anxiety and lack of sleep. In my early forties and feel like I’m in my late 80s. I need energy and pain relief and don’t want to be hungry all the time. Any thoughts? I believe getting everything done during the day would reduce anxiety and sleeplessness am have happened upon some strains over the years that worked idea what they were. Thanks for any help.

  5. Brythefarm
    Disabled at 20! Worked throughout back destruction thanx to Fl's finest greens and pain Dr's

    The BEST I’ve found for pain or at least REALLY able to get your mind off of it was Alaskan Thunder F**k. I didn’t name it but it did work pretty well. I was only able to get an oz. Back in 2013. Miss You ATF! :'(

  6. nancy s

    Any one find a particularly good strain for nerve pain left over from shingles years ago? One that doesn’t make you real goofy.

    1. erin
      proven results with medical marijuana.. not necessarily these strains

      Thank you for this article. Where I live, these aren’t currently available in the vape form I prefer most, but I really like bubba kush. I’ve found super lemon haze to be one of my favorites for minimizing pain in the smallest doses, however, some others I blend in beside pure terpene rich CBD include sour diesel, gorilla glue and dakini kush. I don’t use very many indicas because I want energy but I do like granddaddy purple/kush. I have multiple rare conditions which affect my nerves, mitochondria, brain and connective tissue. Generally, i’m seeking, energy, relief from varying degrees and types of pain, and quite frankly a sense of inflammation relief without anti-inflammatories, and may combine a variety of products depending on my day and severity. I don’t mind feeling a tiny bit high-ish, but I want to function with clarity and creativity. My use is daily and includes some variation of homemade edibles, smoking the less convenient but tasty bud, vaping distilled THC/CBD (using PEG/polyethelene glycol free cartridges), and pin drop doses of 100% deoxycarbolated gel (I use a sativa, currently dakini kush)… same style as RSO, but I don’t want that kind of intoxication. My pain level completely dictates my use, but I’m happy to report that I mostly go from disabled to functioning.

  7. Phil Thomas
    Getting back to walk in the fields bird hunting

    From 04 to 13 have had 15 hip surgeries about 10 of them were revision surgeries and now my titanium hip parts go all the way to my knee doctors at the Mayo Clinic do not want to operate again fortunately they found a one in a million cancer that was treatable now my immune systems back up but still can’t walk Hips Don’t Hurt but I had a grade 3 sprain on my right ankle in 2001 and now I got arthritis so bad I’m looking at amputation and I’m happy with it cuz the surgery they offered is not up my alley very gruesome nail Fusion and the pain relief would be minimal and always the chance of infection which I can’t relate to after all the hip infections, going on 14 years and 15 hip surgeries I just want to walk again I was addicted from 07 to 14 on heavy opiates can’t go back there, very evil drug, some of the medical strains I’ve tried work real well and the state I live in just passed the medical marijuana laws hopefully I’ll find a strain to help me through my ankle surgeries and I’ll be able to walk again and do what I love the most walking the fields bird hunting

  8. Myrna Harris
    Osteoarthritis pain

    I would like to try marijuana, wax or oils. BUT I am having a hard time deciding. I should mention I have osteoarthritis in my hands, knees and back. I also have a herniated disc in my back. Would/can someone recommend any product that would help me.
    Please and Thank you,
    Myrna Harris

    1. Kelle

      One thing you might want to look into is Chalotte’s Web. I can’t get it here in Canada but I have heard fantastic reviews on it. I have Fibromyalgia and degenerate disks in my lower back and a sciatic nerve that has no relief.

  9. driveallnight
    Contemporary mmj pain strains

    Hey all. As co-owner of a legitimate, pre-ICO Los Angeles dispensary, I want to comment on the streins recommended in this article.

    Specifically, most of the strains listed above have kind of fallen out of favor with patients, and been largely supplanted by the latest trending strains, which are constantly popping up. Honestly, I havent.encounterd White Widow or AK-47 in maybe 2-3 years. Blue Dream, however, remains a staple. And Bubba Kush is a bit more rare than BD, but still around. Jack Herer drifts in and out.

    If pain relief is your priority, I’d recommend you look into the high-CBD marijuana strains that are commonly available, such as Harlequin.

    Hope this wall of text helps someone,,,,

    Regards, driveallnight

    1. Bob
      CBD IS CRAP!!

      Cbd is crap! It’s what’s left over in bong water and should be flushed as such!!

      My mom got some once and had me try it and all it did was make my head feel all goopy and my ears ring. Hell if i wanted to feel like that i’d eat a bunch of aspirin!!

      Since i just lost my pain control doc i’m going to have to hit the dispensary and explore the now legal thc vape liquids…..
      And all the crap in the article warning about vg and veg containing formaldehyde i take it nobody writing EVER actually read up on how a vape pen or mod works….200°c is WAYYYYYY TOO HOT for regular vaping!!!

      So many know it all idiots so little life left…

  10. Amy

    I think it’s worth breaking pain down by cause when it comes to strains for pain relief. I have AK-47, Jack Herer & White Widow and I wouldn’t rate them as my top pain relievers. AK-47 really helped with my chronic fatigue, but tends to give me anxiety, and most of my pain is due to muscular tension, so it’s a no-goer for that. Jack Herer I’ve loved for depression & anxiety. It’s a mellow strain that doesn’t give me anxiety and melts away stress, but doesn’t give enough of a body stone for the worst muscular pain. Critical is the best I’ve used for muscular pain so far, but there are probably better ones out there – and I bet they’re all indica dominant.

  11. David

    Dr H.,

    I took have CRPS. Mine started after a car accident about 12 years ago. I was a Professor teaching at a University and also worked as a Dean. Loved teaching more than anything (PhD work was in Anatomy and Reproductive Biology). My pain is in my R upper limb. Had multiple damaged disks and had a cervical fusion but the pain didn’t go away, got worse and worse. Went to Drs for years trying to get a diagnosis and treatment. I was told there was nothing wrong. Since CRPS doesn’t show up on any of the many MRIs I had, they all said nothing was wrong with me. I would show them my right hand, which would get so swollen it looked like it was someone else’s hand, plus it was blotchy red/purple. They would ignore that, telling me it was nothing. I would suggest it but they would dismiss it. Some I don’t think one what I was talking about. Finally got a diagnosis but by that time I had it for years. Pain was so bad I finally had to leave my on campus position and now teach online. Don’t enjoy it nearly as much as on campus teaching. Ruined my marriage, friends stopped calling, just depression. Have been on opiates of various types for all that time. Finally started marijuana, became legal here not too long ago. Took me a LONG TIME to figure out how much THC vs cannabanoids to take. To much THC would get me stoned and the pain is actually worse when stoned, but would help once the high was gone. FINALLY figured out how much to take, was feeling pretty good, but then they changed my pain meds. I want to get off the opiates, figure I’ll blow out my liver if I continued taking them, at least at the HIGH dosages I was on. So now I am back to square one with the marijuana, haven’t had the same control anymore. Backed to depressed, etc.. In between all this I had another car accident (always someone else’s fault, rear ended and last one was t-boned) and totalled my car. While checking me out I had a cat scan and found, totally by accident, a huge malignant tumor in my L kidney. Had that out, on my 1st post surgical follow up my L adrenal didn’t look right so it that came (no cancer in it, Thank God). All this happened in my 40s. I know the ‘I want to die’ feeling and the horrible depression that comes with the pain. But try the marijuana Doc. It might take time to figure out what and how much you need, but once you find the right dose you will be amazed. I was when I finally got the right dose, hopefully I’ll find the right amount again.

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