Arthritis is a chronic pain condition caused by the inflammation of the joints. Although the vast majority of arthritis cases present later in life, some patients develop the condition as very young adults. In total, it’s believed that around 40 million Americans suffer with the condition.
Cannabis has been used to treat chronic pain conditions such as arthritis for many years. However, it is only more recently that scientists have begun to understand why so many patients turn to this heavily restricted drug.
In addition to understanding the effect of cannabis on inflammation and pain, we are now beginning to understand the vast differences between strains of the plant. Below is listed the best strains to use for the treatment of arthritis.
This is a strain which combines the properties Harlequin and Ripper, two of the most popular cannabis strains there is. The main attraction of Pennywise is it’s higher than typical CBD percentage. The fact that this strain is so much higher in CBD than most others makes it an excellent choice for patients with arthritis who want to experience more pain relief than psychoactive effects.
This strain is commonly used to reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy. However, its properties can be just as transformative for arthritis patients too. The fact that the THC content in Cannatonic is so low makes it ideal for those who don’t want a strong euphoric effect but are seeking a fast acting pain relief that packs a punch.
White Berry is known for being a fragrant and flavorful strain which is very enjoyable to smoke. Originally from the Netherlands, this strain is known for its powerful relaxing effect. Ideally this should be used in the evening or night time as preparation for sleep. The strong “high” that it creates makes it an effective pain reliever for arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.
Virtually THC free, if you’re in search of a cannabis strain that will relieve your arthritis pain without affecting your ability to focus, ACDC is the strain for you. This herb doesn’t create any psychoactive effects whatsoever, so is perfectly safe to use throughout your day. Its flavors are described as earthy and sweet, as is its aroma. A really pleasant strain that eases anxiety, relaxes aching muscles, and soothes chronic pain, this could be the one for you.
This award winning cannabis strain is a great choice for arthritis patients who want to combine impressive pain relief with a pleasant psychoactive effect. The euphoria created by this strain is known to lift mood and treat mood disorders effectively. In fact, many Black Lime enthusiasts claim that the herb numbs the entire body and kills all pain as a result.
Of course, it goes without saying that arthritis patients should always consult their family doctor or physician before begging treatment with cannabis, no matter which strain they choose. However, if the research is to be believed, it seems that cannabis could be the perfect treatment for this chronic pain condition.