Chronic Pain might be a thing of the past because of medical marijuana!
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 in Canada.
According to a recent study by the CDC, around 50 million Americans suffered from chronic pain. This was defined as “pain on most days or every day in the past 6 months.”
The main issue with pain is that despite scientists and researchers’ ongoing efforts to determine the exact cause of specific pains in our body, it is highly complex and difficult to treat.
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 in Canada to Treat Pain
Medical marijuana has long been associated with chronic pain relief. However, when it was classed as an illegal substance, pharmaceutical drugs slowly became the norm. Current laws and restrictions have forced doctors to take a more conservative approach. Therefore, nowadays most physicians prescribe 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. The problem is that for chronic pain, these drugs seldom work. Even when they are effective, they tend to cause side-effects such as nausea and sedation. Other chronic pain sufferers will often develop tolerance to opiates, turning this form of treatment into an ineffective one.
According to a new report released 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 can be effective for chronic pain. Here is our top 9 of medical marijuana strains that might help you reduce your level of pain.
Cannabis Strain #1 – White Widow
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. Patients use this strain for treating stress, depression and lack of appetite.
Cannabis Strain #2 – Blue Dream
As a slightly sativa-leaning strain, Blue Dream is popular among pain patients as a potent hybrid suitable for day time use. The indica traits of its Blueberry heritage keep this strain calm and relaxing, while the Haze characteristics give it energy.
Blue Dream is considered to be creative and energizing while allowing a warm, body-numbing buzz which virtually wipes away the consumer’s pain.
Commonly contains high levels of THC along with measurable amounts of CBD and CBN which help make this strain so effective for pain relief and relaxation.
Strain #3 – Bubba Kush
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.
Some people refer to this as ‘the marijuana sleeping pill.’ It does wonders before bedtime by relieving pain, addressing stress and depression, and assisting with insomnia. The THC content of Bubba Kush ranges from 14-22%, and the CBD content ranges from 0.06-0.1%.
Strain #4 – OG Kush
A balanced hybrid strain, OG Kush is a Californian original once touted to produce some of the highest THC percentages in the world. Although slightly sativa leaning, OG Kush provides a strong body effect which melts away pain and inflammation. It also offers significant “couch-lock”. Consumers can expect a sedative, demotivating buzz which allows for plenty of time to heal.
Strain #5 – AK-47
AK-47 is kind of like a cannabis cocktail. 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.
Strain #6 – Jack Herer
Jack Herer is named after a renowned cannabis activist, and similar to Jack himself this strain is extremely effective. This powerhouse strain may potentially help to ease pain while providing you with the benefits of a sativa strain.
People often use it 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 0.03 -0.2%. This strain is a cross between Shiva Skunk, Northern Lights #5 and a Haze hybrid.
Strain #7 – Afghani
A landrace strain, this pure indica provides a powerful body relaxing effect which can wash away pain and inflammation. Best reserved for night time application as the heavy sedative effects of a pure indica can lead to an euphoric, dreamy state and likely leave you nodding off for a deep night’s sleep. For many chronic pain patients, a decent night of sleep is a welcome very important.
Strain #8 – Granddaddy Purple
A popular indica hybrid smelling of berries and grapes, Granddaddy Purple is a cross between Purple Urkle and Big -Bud which delivers a delicious way to treat chronic pain. This strain generally ranges between 17 – 23% in THC, but also contains a broad profile of other cannabinoids which help with pain as well. As a potent indica strain, consumers should expect sedation and relaxation after consuming GDP.
Strain #9 – Cannatonic
Similar in nature to Harlequin, Cannatonic is also a high-CBD strain appropriate for multiple neuropathic conditions including fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and other pain causing conditions.
With THC content around 7% and CBD content reaching as high as 17%, this strain provides little to no cerebral effect but melts away pain, inflammation, and anxiety with ease.
CBD strains such as Canntonic and Harlequin are recommended for new patients and consumers, as the high levels of CBD mute the psychoactive effects of THC. However, the combination of the two cannabinoids together provides significant relief from multiple pain conditions.
Medical Marijuana Strains
Those 9 strains of Medical Marijuana can be used for different kinds of chronic pain. You should carefully read each description to be sure to find the Medicinal Marjinuana that is suited for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and to do some research about medicinal marijuana before starting your pain relief.