The Best 5 Marijuana Strains For Chronic Pain Relief (2018)

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on September 9, 2018

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, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.

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.

The Best 5 Marijuana Strains For Chronic Pain Relief (2018)
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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Cosmo Cirrito
    I need help

    3 years ago i had back surgery , i have been dealing with back pain for 20 years ,i’m 57 ,

    i’m 57 yrs. old been dealing with back pain for 20 yrs. had a career driving big trucks for 36 yrs now on dissabilty , 3 yrs. ago had back surgery , Dr. told me he was going to put 3 screws in me ,7 hrs. later i end up with 6 screws in me , i was told i would feel 70% better, well 3 yrs. later it seems like i don’t feel 70% better ,been on cheap pain meds. for a very long time , even before the surgery, i ask Dr.’s for stronger meds but they won’t do it , where i live it’s not leagel . i’m tired of taking pills they don’t work for me and i’m at my wits end . Iv’e smoke weed in the past , lets face it who hasn’t right . The wife won’t let me buy any weed and i can’t tell her i have smoke some in the past . i just wish these damn DR. would give me a card so i can ease my pain . i feel like i’m ready to give up on life

  5. Dragonfly

    After some trial and error, I found that Grandaddy Purple is my ideal strain to relieve both anxiety and chronic pain. It provides a full body relaxation without the super crazy head high that a sativa will give you.

  6. Anna Smith

    Blue Dream has been incredible for managing my stress levels. Thanks to this strain I am now finding it much easier to relax.

  7. Blake Shambach

    Hi, I’m Blake I used to wrestle since 1st grade to 9th grade and a complicated left shoulder surgery left me with RSD/CRPS a chronic pain condition that’s is usually treated with narcotics, butttt I refuse to live my life addicted to narcotics when I can get medical cannabis way easier anyway and helps just as much, even more then any meds I’ve ever tried! As of now only take marinol and cannabis! If you never had the Gorilla glue #4 strain for pain, please give it a try!! You won’t regret it!

    1. Christine m Anderson

      I have a friend that has been suffering from crips for the past 10 yrs. she just got her card and is purchasing product today. because no one knows CRIPS it is hard to determine which strain is best. I was thinking an Indica strain high cbd like kush,blueberry,cannatonic. did you try any of these?

  8. Dr. H.

    I am a pain doctor and pain patient. I was in a bad accident and lacerated my sciatic nerve resulting in CRPS which has ruined my career and nearly ruined my marriage! My wife uses Marajuana regularly and finally got me to visit a local shop but unfortunately they ran out of what works for pain! I am frustrated and my quality of life sucks! I am no longer interested in life! Religion doesn’t work! I am from the 60’s and smoking then was the norm but I have not smoked since as I don’t enjoy it. I would try it again however if it would help! I am on 4 different narcotics which barely get me by! I probably have opioid induced analgesia. Life Sucks !

    1. OneFallenAngelM

      Keep trying to find out what strain works for your pain dr. H ! I was in the same situation, intactable pain from sciatic nerve injury, my quality of life was 1! In 2015 I’ve got an intrathecal morphine pump implanted, took morphine oral for breaktrough pain, I lived like a zombie and a request at the end of life clinic was set up … Since febr. this year I’m on Bedica, an Indica strain wich works for me and I can re-think my request at the EOL clinic ! Keep trying everyone ! There is always hope ! Kind regards, M

    2. Jason

      To Dr. H (above) from June 10, 2018..

      I understand your frustration and your distaste for smoking; however, there are other options out there. THC is made into edibles ✌️Give it a try ~

    3. Tutt

      Hello Dr. I also had an accident several years ago that resulted in spinal fusion surgery and disability – and years of opioids for chronic pain . For several years I didn’t believe life was worth living anymore because I could no longer earn a living and lost self-confidence. Only one thing in life is guaranteed – “Self”. We must love and appreciate “Self” – especially when all else seems “lost” (it’s really not just needs “reimagining”). All will never be lost. You’ve accomplished much in life and someone loves you. Your key to wellness now must be “gratitude”. Gratitude is the most important element of human existence – but extraordinarily distorted by the hollow mindless delusion of the “American Dream”. For peace of mind consider “the sleeper in you has been awakened” – by force of the Divine Universe and you are now untethering from an entrenched delusion. You are free to remake yourself into another being that will restore your confidence and sacred self-worth. BTW: I also stopped smoking marijuana decades ago because after awhile I didn’t like the way it made me feel (jittery, paranoid). However, I recently tried weed again and not only does it reduce pain it also makes me feel great. I now live on the poverty level (disability income) and though it took awhile I stopped despising myself for “failing”. What I wish for you is that you reclaim the joy of “Self” because it is meant to be with you always. Go puff a joint – put your arms around your beautiful spouse – laugh together – and eat some Cheetos. One Love

    4. Julie

      I really get everything you wrote. I want to quit too. Disabled Medical social worker. Retired years earlier than I wanted. Axial Spondylitis since age twenty. L3-L4 & C3- C6 fused, cervical myelopathy. Dependent on morphine for ten years until I got up to 90mgs MSER QD (after using acupuncture, traction, massage, meditation, and a tens unit for 10 years before starting narcotics. )

      I hated my life so took myself off the morphine (which really sucked) while starting marijuana RSO which I put in a capsule I am pending a permanent a permanent SCS by St. Jude’s which reduced my nerve pain by 80%. If I did not have medical marijuana to vape, the RSO capsules AND GOD……well just say that two children and a spouse would be wondering why I quit loving being with them.

    5. Bob carlisle

      Get some blue dream smoke it and grow it. I also do ozone in a body bag. Past natiomay ranked tennis player. Check out a2z ozone Inc for an ozone generator.

    6. aubrey

      I am so sorry! I totally understand though. I am 47 divorced mom of two but had to move 4 hours away and let my ex have my kids for now while I look for help. I have had two neck fusions in last 4 yrs and now have trigeminal neralgia ocipitical neralgia and crps2 in neck spine and head and face! My pain dr was just fired for trying to help her chroniclly ill patients! Now I am back to square one…trying to get into john hopkins in FL or Mayo but they are currently a year out! I wont make it that long!! I even checked myself into a mental hospital recently after starting daily panic attacks on top of 8-10 pain anxiety and depression. Life means NOTHING without my children. I lost my homes, my 8 yr realestate career my family and friends etc! I want to die 🙁

    7. Steve

      My name is Steve I’ve suffered w Crps for 25yrs. I have obviously been thru & seen much during this time. Doc I offer you my support, don’t know if you’ll read this but support and attitude are 90% of the ball game, severe disabling pain is just a side effect. I’m here !

  9. Laurie

    I suffer from Trigeminal neuralgia and have severe pain in my lower jaw. I’m not familiar at all with any of the strains here but have had no luck with CBD oil. Could you please tell me what I can try to ebb the pain? I have never smoked before but am hoping to find a good vape that can take away pain with out knocking me out.

  10. Jo Dean

    Looking for strain that will provide pain relief without head high, but doesn’t make me tired . Most of the CBD ones make me tired or don’t provide enough pain relief , most Sativa ones provide good pain relief but gives me more of the foggy head high and anxiety which I’d like to avoid . Any recommendations

  11. Ethel Mohan

    Happy with the results of Bubba Kush. I take it before I sleep and it works very effectively.

  12. Tom Thomson

    My pain derives from spastic muscles caused by a stroke, 20 years ago. My left pectoral muscle and the muscles in my left forearm and fingers are constantly contracted to the maximum possible extent – “no rest for the weary” – my fingers are deformed from the contractions and I cannot use them due to not being able to control the muscles. These contractions result in severe and constant pain. Life has become almost intolerable because of pain!

    Unfortunately, I live in Georgia, which doesn’t allow the use of medical marijuana for pain, only for seizures like epilepsy (and mostly for children with that condition).

    Does anyone know where and how I can get access to the Jack Herer strain of medical marijuana? I’d like to try it to see if it might give me some relief!

  13. Melissa Wood

    Have been suffering from chronic pain, please suggest the best strain?

  14. Julia

    In alot of pain from chemo and radiation treatment for breast cancer.
    So much inflammation and peripheral neuropathy. Opiates made me sick so I take anti inflammatory drugs and amitriptyline and it barely help. Very interested in CBD for pain any information greatly appreciated.

    1. Adam

      Sorry to hear you are in so much pain. Have you tried any of the CBD brands on this site?

  15. Tracy Deaton

    White widow is an excellent pain reliever. It treats my pain aptly

  16. Sonja Carman

    I have tried Jack Herer for treating chronic pain and got really pleasing results.

  17. Helen Johnson

    Bubba kush has been great for pain relief. A few years ago I suffered a terrible injury that is still affecting me to this day. Thankfully I discovered this strain which provides me with some relief.

  18. Clara Campos

    Bluedream is the commonly used strain for relieving stress. Makes me feel super good.

  19. Diana Cruz

    I suffer from multi level herniated discs. I re injured my spine crashing my bicycle not quite one year ago. Pain is excruciating at times. Tourette Syndrome.. Is no joke. I curse badly when I am in a flareup.

    1. Taylor Herrera

      Im trying to get my boyfriend something and i dint know anything at all about weed , he has a cervical herniated disk in his neck and is causing him soo much pain . Any advise on what to get him ?

      1. Adam

        Any of the strains in this article could work. It is a matter of trial and error as each strain can work differently for each individual.

      2. Steven Boutilier

        Purple Kush is always good for pain. Blue Cheese is another good pain killer.

  20. hank hawkins

    new to this but need something to break the pain-was suggested a vapor and pills for longlasting effects. presently on morphine pump cymbalta and lyrica. know i will need to have a dr. take me off of these as i been taking them for years. the dr. that identified my condition-chronic pain tpld me i should be able to get off all these other drugs with good strands of marijuana. looking for help. thanks.

    1. Maria

      Make sure your Dr does it the right way and does not just take you off these meds but reduces them slowly with a long term plan. Coming off of opiates can be painful in itself. It will exasperate the pain and if you come off too quickly you will have the most severe withdrawals. I noticed marijuana did help sometimes very well and other days not so well but I also didn’t have access to the same strain all the time. White dream did help a lot but I only had access to it every so often. Just make sure your Dr has a long term detox plan for you.

    2. Elle Lane

      Please be careful about weaning off the opiates. I had a difficult time and went into the hospital for a short term suboxone detox. I experienced a great deal of nerve pain for two weeks after going opiate free. It is now three months and my pain tolerance hasn’t returned. I use mmj so that I can sleep at night because I am going 100% rx and otc med free – only turmeric and mmj. It’s a hard transition but I know that it will spare my poor stomach and nervous system the damage of pain meds.

      I didn’t find significant relief in two years of mmj use. I was just grateful for the relaxation and great sleep that it gave me. Waiting for the pain tolerance to build is something that doctors rarely address, but us chronic pain sufferers understand it.

      1. Melissa Radecki

        You are completely right. I have central nerve pain from a stroke and I’ve weened down my pain med to half a pill a day and a small amt of mmj at night. It hasn’t been easy but I’m vaping 9lb hammer at night. I don’t care for the mmj pills too much. The thing is I can’t do mmj during the daytime due to the psychoactive affects. I truly hope I can find a way to get thru this before pain mgmt drops me as a patient. I know they will eventually give me a random test. Mmj does wonders for my nerve pain.

        1. Brian

          The Centers of Diesease Control has recommended in its newest series of quidelines for doctors not to test for THC. Mostly because the CDC fears patients will get abandoned and the actions taken for positive THC not listed in agreement. Since thc been legalized for medical and recreational, opiate overdoses have decreased 25%. Also becoming legal everywhere albeit slowly, many pain docs have changed their philosophy about mmj. Check out your self by doing search of CDC website and others. Waiting for low 5%thc, 15%thc-a oil to try as its suppose to work great for chronic pain and just became legal in my state. I have severe thoracic and lumbar pain from ruptured discs.

          1. Kelly

            I’ve suffered with chronic low back and neck pain, from sciatica, to a total of 7 bulged discs, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, “Spondylosis”…nothing has worked for the 24/7 pain. I stopped percocet use over a year ago. I wont smoke or vape Canna, but will try oils, tinctures, make my own. But I too, need to be able to function, as I need to watch Grandbabies occasionally, drive, etc. I want a high CBD very low THC (due to the high) but only seeing higher %THC on this feed as what works. Anyone have luck with a certain strain of CBD?

      2. Troy

        I have also suffered severe chronic pain for several years, and was on opioids. I got myself off of them after I realized I was Possibly dealing with Opioid Indused Hyperalgesia, which means that long term use of opioids actually MAKES YOUR PAIN or your perception of pain WORSE!! I was at the point Where I was getting almost no relief from pain meds. Then I did research.
        PLEASE get your hormone levels checked out! In almost all cases of chronic pain, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, etc are completely depleted!! The lack of these hormones makes us more depressed, more sensitive to pain, and until you get your hormones back under control via Hormone Replacement Therapy, the recovery process will be longer.
        Also I supplimented my pain management with OXYTOCIN & KETAMINE Nasal Sprays!! They Work!! But some days I still have more pain then I want to deal with so, I’m going to try this THC/CBD route.
        Good Luck & Hang in there..
        P.S. I am a medical professional

    3. Elle Lane

      I forgot to add that vaping and pills are CONCENTRATES. Your MMJ tolerance will build very quickly and at some point it may not work any longer. I was at 150mg in oil capsules or vaping all night , with minimal relaxation, before I stopped for four months. I had only been using concentrates for a year when my tolerance went that high. So your doctor’s plan of keeping you on mmj around the clock may not be the best idea if you quickly develop tolerance.

  21. RB Illinois

    My card came yesterday and I am heading to a dispensary on Thursday afternoon. Chronic back and neck pain 15 years. Lorcette has been my only pain relief as well as taking a morning sauna for 20-25 minutes. I don’t want to feel high…just relief. I am considering buying 3 or 4 strains and keeping a daily journal describing daily how each has worked so I do not have to rely solely on my memory. I’m 59 and it’s not what it once was. All the best to each of you.

    1. Heather

      I came across your post and was curious what is working best for your pain I’m waiting on my card to come in the mail and am looking for suggestion from people who have used different ones

  22. Noe

    At least, every marijuana can relief the pain inside. Even when you’re broken-hearted..

  23. Vicky Wright

    I have suffered from chronic back pain and tailbone pain from osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. I have tried many different supplements and over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Just this week I tried the cannatonic strain Which is higher in CBD and I felt the best pain relief I have had from all of the above. Plus the relief was pretty immediate Within a few hours. I like that cannatonic does not make me feel like I am high

    1. Laine Krischak

      In what form did you get it and take. My mom is 74 and 3 back surgery’s. Pain is constant.

    2. Neldine Ludwigson

      Good to know. We could be twins in misery.

  24. David Vergari

    Good work! This is my first foray into researching medical marijuana. I wish you the very best.

  25. Lorinda

    I have gone off opiates thanks to Marijuana. I talked a lot with the bud tenders and Indica is more a body high, Sativa a head high. I tried regular CBD, THC/CBD 5:1 vaping and smoking I prefer vaping. It was suggested to go Indica or Indica dominant hybrid for pain relief plus the fact I wanted to still be awake and have energy. Larry OG , northern lights and white widow I tried this go round. The Larry and northern lights seem to help me more then white widow. To Barbara who is wanting to go off pain meds please PLEASE talk to your doctor and wean off SLOWLY! CBD in itself helped but to be more comfortable on the bad days I chose to cape and or use tincture. I was on opiates for 12 + years. I actually with my doctors help feel better then I have in years. Pain meds actually cause pain syndrome. Yeah I was like whatever as well until I fell off the wagon and took them again. My worst day without pain meds is better then my best day when I was on them. Best wishes ….peace out!

    1. John cole

      Glad I read your post. I have been on opiates since 2002 for peripheral neuropathy. Just started on medical marijuana and hope it allows me to cut way back on morphine. Early going it seems to make me sleepy and tired. Good luck to you.

      1. Alison

        My mom takes morphine for back and leg pain, it doesn’t help. I’ve talked her into seeing a M.M.D. to eliminate the meds that don’t help.

    2. Mark

      Good Luck! I have had pain issues as well. I had a Transplant 10 years Ago which caused painful reactions to my body, coupled with high doses of anti-rejection meds which over time causes bone deterioration, cartilage deterioration and associated pain. Initially I took the pain med route which helped on and off since. I did get back surgery in September – 2017 took limited pain medicine post surgery as I awaited my Med Cannabis Card to arrive, I refilled my scripts 1 time then received my Med Cannabis Card. I started with high CBD products but soon realize both Indica, Sativa and Hybrids all can have great results with respect to pain. I was told by my surgeon that hopefully “we can start weeding off pain meds”, after much research I realized that pain meds could be replaced with appropriate Cannabis Strains in the form of Flower, vape cart, oil pen and edibles just to name a few facilitators. Do your research, test products (Cannabis) which aren’t addictive and hopefully everyone dealing with this issue can resolve medical problems with Cannabis.

  26. Yvonne Smith

    I’m suffering with sever Rheumitoid Arthritis , my medication is not controlling my disease . I’m new to the marijuana world but I want to give it a try . I’m having pain up my back and neck and I’m not sure what to try , I also live in a remote area so there are no weed doctors , any help or recommendations would be appreciated . Thank you

  27. Barbara

    I have been suffering from severe chronic pain for the last 12yrs. I am new to all of this and have been searching for an alternative pain reliever. I really want to get off the pain meds completely. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    1. Lorinda

      Barbara it is possible. Just don’t cold turkey or you will be sick. Make a plan with your doctor, took me a year to rid myself of pain meds…slow and steady. I don’t know if emails r available but read my post above or email me if possible.

  28. Daniela

    Johanna, I’ve tried harlequin and it helped with the pain and hardly any euphoric feeling. Hopefully that works for you.

  29. Concetta Gibson

    Hey guys, please don’t ignore chronic pain otherwise it can lead to serious health issues. Thankfully this article educated me about bubba kush marijuana strain and now I am free from pain. Thanks once again!

  30. Karen Shelinsky

    Is it possible to smoke or consume marijuana for pain, that isn’t medical marijuana, but still be sure of it being a safe product? I’d appreciate any relevant information, and I thank anyone who replies in advance!

  31. Gloria

    I have osteoarthritis, fibro, along with PTSD. My plan is to go off my pain meds and switch to the M. Marijuana. Can you help me with a strain to deal with the withdrawals, pain, anxiety, eating disorder when depressed, muscle spasms, but I also need to keep my energy levels that I get from the pain meds. I feel like I need one of the first two. Insomnia I can just go back to my Melatonin pill.

    1. Adam

      Have you read this. It may help

      1. Gloria

        Yes I read this, thanks for the list, but what about the withdrawal symptoms, pain. I get to see a doctor on the 8th of Feb., by then the dispensaries should be opened. I printed out this page and the depression page and will ask them what they think will help for all or some. I know it will take a few tries to see which one works the best, but I am so ready. Haven’t had any marijuana since the Pink Floyd concert in Philly in 1995 and that was the good stuff (I’m 59 years old, so I’ve been around it for a long time). Excellent concert by the way, lol.. 🙂 Thanks so much…

  32. Johanna

    I am in recovery….VERY important that I do not get any “euphoric” effects,but I am in pain 24/7 due to degenerative disc disease.
    I would like to be able to feel relaxed not high.
    Which strain, what ratio, do you recommend.
    Thank you!!

    1. Adam

      Hi Johanna, You will need a high CBD low THC strain. You might want even to try CBD oil, which contains traces of THC. Check this article out :

      1. Maya

        I’ve tried CBD Oil and it did nothing for me. I have moderate to severe Osteoarthritis. In my foot, my knees, my spine joints, the spine itself is scoliosis, 34 degree S curve. I’ve had a spinal fusion, shoulder impingement surgery w/ rotator cuff repair at same time. CBD didn’t help.
        I am going to try 1 with more THC than CBD, for my pain. I’ve been suffering a very long time. I have anxiety, depression from the chronic pain. I wasn’t allowed to live as I wanted to, and had to stop having a life pretty much. The pain is incredible at times. Anyone recommend a strong pain relief, with an uplifting effect? I would appreciate a recommendation from a knowledgeable person. I read Sativa strain is more geared toward pain relief?

        1. Adam

          Maya. In regards to the oils, don’t go for the 300mg, they simply won’t help you. (If you are in so much pain) You’ll need a much higher potency. In addition, you might need a full spectrum oil which includes THC. Smoking is also an option, and can help. Have you tried any of the strains above? There are tons of strains and it doesn’t mean that a strain that helps someone else will have the same effect on you. It comes down to general health, genetics and a few other factors. But it’s worth a try

          1. Amy

            Have you looked into kratom?

          2. Adam

            Amy –

    2. Joe Nekrutman

      Hey Johanna Im in recovery too and suffer the same delemna 21 years BTGOG.and you….Its a delemna….but no need to suffer especially with the stigma and all we have learned….Stay honest to you and do what u have to….I have tried Blue Dream and a couple of others….Are bodies are all different…Its better than the opoid route …contact me at my email…We can chat

  33. Theresa Rosemond

    Please help me to choose among these five strains as i am suffering from depression and stress.

  34. Carol Johnson

    Blue dream strain proves quite efficient as it gives me immediate relief from chronic pain. I’ve heard though that it does give some people headaches

  35. Mary Frazer

    Blue dream gives me relief from stress and I dont mind taking it regularly due to its sweet flavor.

  36. Patricia Strickler

    My favorite is blue dream strain as it makes me feel relaxed by giving quick stress relief. I like smoking it when I feel low.

  37. Gisela

    For pain relief, bubba kush strain is good as it gives sleepy effect and helps the consumer relax while the strain works its wonders.

  38. Nancy

    Ak 47 strain is wonderful in reducing stress and depression. Commendable strain to treat anxiety issues.

  39. Roberta

    I feel quite energetic with white widow cannabis strain. It relieves me of stress and deals with appetite issues as well. Good strain to have.

  40. Alex Jensen

    Can anyone recommend a strain for pain relief, with very little THC in it?
    So I can keep my job

    1. Adam

      You should really see a weed doctor, strains that are low on THC include Cannatonic, Charlottes Web and ACDC

  41. Juliane

    Great post. I’m confronting a couple of these difficulties.

  42. Maison

    You should participate in a competition for
    one of the finest sites on the internet. I’m going to recommend this website!

    1. Adam

      Wow, Thank you very much maison

  43. Jen Summers

    I suffer from severe anxiety which causes migraines. I have been smoking marijuana for the past 3 years and it’s a shame that I didn’t find out about it earlier

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