Medical Cannabis Strains for Treating Chronic Pain

Cannabis Strains: Indica, Sativa and Hybrid

Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids are all various strains of Cannabis, learning the difference for treating ailments is vital. Image Credit: By javi_indy on Shutterstock

Medical cannabis has become synonymous with the treatment of chronic pain over the past few decades. As states across America review and replace old fashioned restrictions on the use of medical cannabis, ordinary men and women are becoming increasingly curious about how medical cannabis could help them with their chronic pain.

What many people don’t realize is that there are a huge number of different strains of cannabis. Each strain has been carefully bred with specific properties in mind. So, some are significantly more effective at treating chronic pain than others.


Despite its name, AK-47 has a mellowing and relaxing effect. This is a sativa dominant cannabis strain which has a sativa:indica ratio of 65:35. Not only is the color of the plant a bright lime-green, its scent is just as distinctive.

Chronic pain patients love this strain thanks to its powerful pain reducing abilities and the easy mood it creates. This award winning strain is the perfect pre-sleep strain for those who are kept up all night by aches and pains.

  • Hybrid
  • 17% THC
  • 1% CBD
  • Symptoms Treated – Pain, stress, lack of apetite

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is undoubtedly one of the most well-known strains of cannabis in the United States. Original from California, this strain is named after a world famous medical cannabis activist. The scent and taste of Jach Herer are woody with a hint of pine.

Side effects can often include dry eyes and mouth, as are lightheadedness and paranoia. However, the psychoactive effects of this strain is quite energetic, cheerful and content. It is an ideal strain for patients who suffer from chronic pain as well as mood disorders or mental illness.

  • Sativa
  • 18-23% THC
  • .03-2% CBD
  • Symptoms Treated – Stress, insomnia, pain, depression, lack of appetite

Harley Quinn

Harlequin is THE strain everyone who suffers with chronic pain should have in their rotation (or in constant supply). This strain creates a beautifully relaxing effect, giving the whole body a sense of relief with no negative effects, like paranoia or anxiety, with the added bonus of some impressive pain relief.

  • Sativa
  • 7-15% THC
  • 10% CBD
  • Symptoms Treated – Pain, stress, inflammation, fatigue, depression

Bubba kush

Bubba kush is a deliciously sweet cannabis strain that causes a relaxing, chilled out effect. This strain originated in the Hindu Kush mountains many years ago. It is a 100% indica strain that boasts bright purple and green buds. This is the ideal strain for a chronic pain patient who is new to cannabis and wants to ease themselves in slowly, while enjoying the pain relieving and mood enhancing effects it can offer.

  • Indica
  • 14-22% THC
  • .06-1% CBD
  • Symptoms Treated – Stress, insomnia, pain, depression, lack of appetite

Of course, it goes without saying that it’s not advisable for anyone to start using medical cannabis to treat any condition without first consulting with their family doctor or medical team. This is just as true for chronic pain patients as it is for anyone else.

However, many doctors across the United States are now prescribing cannabis for chronic pain and thankfully, patients are feeling the benefits of this ancient plant medicine.

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