Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Chronic Pain

By John Levy

(Guest Post)

Pain relief is the most common use of medical marijuana in California. In fact, it is the top cause of prescription reliance, as well. From cramps to inflammation, headaches, sore muscles, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, even spinal injury, patients report huge successes using marijuana for treatment of chronic pain. It is strain reliant, though, depending on pain type, intensity, and personal physiology.

Cannabis is a complex weed. It contains terpenes, cannabinoids, and THC, all of which have specialized roles in the treatment of various ailments. According to WebMD, you want both a high cannabinoid and THC content. You also want a terpene profile that targets pain specifically. Because people’s experiences differ, it is important to try different strains to find what works for you.

Research the effects of marijuana on chronic pain, and ask your cannabis dispensary for advice. You can try each strain in varying forms, such as oils, topical creams, transdermal patches, edibles, and more. Vaporizing and smoking will release cannabis’s pain busting properties quickly, but options abound and you should consider the more potent effectiveness of concentrates and other alternatives.


Top Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain

It is important to remember that many cannabis strains are adept at slaying pain. Some work better than others do, though. Always check online for reviews from other patients, and try to get as much information about the various strains as you possibly can. We are going to discuss the top rated strains of medical marijuana for the treatment of chronic pain:

General Pain

Arthritis and Inflammation

Migraines and Headaches


Spinal Cord Injuries


General Pain

For generalized pain, you want a strain that will relax, focus, and uplift you. A euphoric, happy emotional state will make you feel much better. ACDC has a reputation for busting pain. It delivers a two-punch dose of THC and cannabinoids. The general rule is that a high content of both provides the best pain relief, and although ACDC outperforms the majority, many strains have a similar chemical makeup.

Another good strain for treating general pain is Blackberry Kush. This strain is particularly high in cannabinoids, so it will make you feel creative, happy, and euphoric, but it will also make you sleepy and lazy. Few patients have access to high quality cannabinoid strains such as this one; fortunately, strains high in THC also relieve pain, but not as effectively as an indica Blackberry Kush.


Arthritis and Inflammation

Inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, can be debilitating. Sativa-dominant strains are not usually first treatment choice, but Harlequin contains enough cannabinoids to make it an exception. It offers a cerebral high ideal for daytime medicating. It is energetic, uplifting, focused, elated, and extremely effective as a pain reliever.

Blue Widow has a reputation for treating inflammation and arthritic conditions. It is a hybrid of both sativa and indica, making it an ideal treatment for anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression and chronic pain. A Blueberry and White Widow cross, Blue Widow has a massive amount of THC and other healing compounds. Its terpene profile contains caryophyllene, which is tasty and pleasing to the nose.


Migraines and Headaches

Purple Arrow is giggly, uplifting, lazy, and euphoric all at once. It brings happiness and pain relief together nicely, which is why it works so well for headaches. It works quickly to ease migraines, but it does not have the couchlock effect so typical of other indica strains. Purple Arrow is a hybrid cross that balances the sativa and indica effects of marijuana on chronic pain.

Another hybrid with cerebral effects is Blueberry Headband. You can feel this strain tingling the top of your head. It is another talkative, busy strain, and it lives up to its namesake extremely well. Blueberry Headband delivers focused relief to the head region, easing migraines and headaches immediately. It also has a berry sweet flavor.



Muscle cramps are excruciating. Redwood Kush is a tension relaxer that calms both the mind and body. As an indica strain, it is euphoric, uplifting, and happy, but it will make you tired and lazy. It contains hefty amounts of THC, which relaxes muscles enough to stop them cramping. Its terpene profile makes it smell like a woody forest, and it has an earthy, natural taste to it.

Dynamite is another extremely relaxing indica strain. It will make you carefree and loosen tension from your muscles. Be careful of Dynamite if you are on a diet, however. This strain is notoriously hunger busting: Dynamite is responsible for severe munchies. Stock your fridge well in advance so that you do not have to operate machinery on its serious potency.


Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most painful and frustratingly restricting medical problems. Cataract Kush can help you survive the worst of them. This strain is another sativa-indica hybrid known to make you hungry, sleepy, lazy, and happy, but it is such a powerful pain reliever that it can devastate the discomfort associated with spinal injuries. It may be wise for novices to avoid such a potent strain.

Strains from Afghanistan typically contain very high amounts of cannabinoids. This is where their fame lies. Mazar I Sharif is a relentless painkiller. An extremely potent indica strain, Mazar may glue you to your couch for some time. Its crystal trichomes are so visible and juicy that it is easy to picture this strain treating some of the most stubbornly painful conditions known to man.


Effects of Marijuana on Chronic Pain

Cannabis is a highly effective painkiller. In fact, it may soon replace prescription opioids in the vast majority of cases. Remember to try out various strains before settling on one to treat your pain, and do not hesitate to ask for advice whenever you need it.



Author Bio- This post is submitted by John Levy, working as a blogger for Pot Valet, a leading company to provide marijuana delivery service in Santa Monica. He has 5 years of experience in the Cannabis industry and loves sharing health benefits of marijuana and related products with the audience.


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