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10 Best Marijuana Strains for Pain Management

A study published by the Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 50 MILLION Americans are currently suffering from chronic aches and pains, lasting anywhere from weeks to years. Chronic pain is a challenge that can become overwhelming on the hardest of days, thus sending individuals looking for viable solutions to their problems.

Cannabis provides patients with an effective way to address chronic aches and pains as part of a healthy wellness strategy. Avoiding heavy-duty painkillers by supplementing with the proper cannabis strains can lead to a wellness revolution from the comfort of your home.

Thanks to the availability of CBD and THC as well as anti-inflammatory terpenes like myrcene, cannabis provides an excellent path toward pain management without many of the obstacles that conventional pain management meds require.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the best cannabis strains for pain management as well as what makes them so effective.

1. ACDC [Hybrid]

For those about to rock, we salute you! ACDC is a world-class hybrid cannabis strain that features high levels of CBD with low levels of THC to balance it out. Ideal for daytime use as well as micro-dosing for pain management, ACDC keeps patients comfortable without overwhelming them via THC-related intoxication. Low levels of THC make this one of the best medically-focused pain-relieving strains in our discussion.

While ACDC offers a unique pain-relieving high, it also has other benefits. With a limit on intoxicating effects due to low levels of THC, medical cannabis patients will opt for ACDC when they want to treat conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, and aches and pain. Some medical patients opt for ACDC to help during chemotherapy.

High levels of myrcene provide a relaxing, pain-relieving experience.

Genetics – Cannatonic x ??

Effects – Physical Relaxation, Pain Relief

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene, Linalool, Beta-Myrcene

2. The White [Hybrid]

There are few strains in the world of pain relief more impressive to look at than The White. A potent hybrid cannabis strain known for its dense coating of sparkly trichomes, The White provides an experience that is equal parts uplifting and undulating. Starting in the head, The White works its way down your body to create a glued-to-the-couch feeling that is amazing at dimming pain.

Originally known as The Triangle, The White has an OG structure which makes it a favorite along the West Coast. Thanks to its terpene and genetic profile, The White isn’t a particularly pungent strain. As a result, this is a fantastic option for people that want a low-odor pain management option. THC percentages exceed 20% with regularity, making it an excellent nighttime option.

Genetics – White Widow 

Effects – Uplifting, Happy, Sleepy

Main Terpenes –  Caryophyllene

3. Blue Dream [Hybrid]

Blue Dream is a wildly popular hybrid cannabis strain that has a Sativa-lean to its effects. Crafted from Blueberry and Haze genetics, Blue Dream provides a fully balanced high that begins with cerebral stimulation throughout your mind before rolling across your body.

Blue Dream gives off intense berry notes that are creamy and smooth to taste, making it an excellent product for flavor enthusiasts. An average harvest of 67 days allowed Blue Dream to become one of the most popular strains throughout California. Individuals who consume Blue Dream cannabis are doing so to combat nausea, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.

Genetics – Haze x Blueberry

Effects – Cerebral, Creative, Relaxing

Main Terpenes – Myrcene

4. AK-47 [Hybrid]

While the name of this strain might leave you taken aback, the effects that it imparts will leave you relaxed and ready to recover. AK-47 is a special hybrid that still maintains its secret lineage. We do know that this powerful Sativa-driven hybrid mixes a blend of Afghani and Colombian Sativa strains. 

An ideal strain for advanced users, AK-47 provides a musky and earthy aroma that finishes with a semi-sweet floral note. Providing an immediate uplifted and cerebral high, extended use of AK-47 will eventually lead to the relaxing and sedating effects that so many patients with chronic pain will look for.

Equal parts uplifting and relaxing, AK-47 is an ideal addition to any pain management routine.

Genetics – F1 Hybrid [Secret Lineage]

Effects – Happy, Uplifted, Relaxed

Main Terpenes – Myrcene

5. Jack Herer [Hybrid]

A driving hybrid strain with expressive Sativa characteristics, Jack Herer is named after the iconic cannabis activist who wrote The Emperor Wears No Clothes. This haze hybrid has elements of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5 to create a truly balanced hybrid. Ideal for daytime pain relief, Jack Herer helps relieve pain while leaving patients clearheaded enough to continue on with their day.

An incredibly popular summer strain, Jack Herer is a fantastic companion to outdoor activities, physical exercise, and anything that requires creativity.

Genetics – Northern Lights #5 x Haze x Shiva Skunk

Effects – Uplifting, Energetic, and Creative

Main Terpenes – Terpinolene

6. Cinderella 99 [Hybrid]

Sometimes known as C99 or just Cindy, Cinderella 99 is a driving Sativa-fueled hybrid that comes from the fields of Mr. Soul of the Brothers Grimm. Brimming with fruity flavors and delivering a punchy cerebral high, there are few pain-relieving strains like C99 on the market.

According to its original cultivar, Cinderella 99 was made from seeds found within a package of Jack Herer that had been purchased at a coffee shop in Amsterdam. From there, Mr. Soul would craft a hybrid that is known for its bushy build, short flowering schedule, and high levels of THC.

Genetics – Jack Herer x Shiva SKunk

Effects – Uplifting and Energizing, Relieves Pain and Helps Stress.

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene

7. Blueberry Headband [Hybrid]

A star at every stop in the cannabis world, Blueberry Headband is as unique a strain as you will find in your medicine cabinet for pain relief. Blueberry Headband is a delightful hybrid that combines Headband with Blueberry. Starting with a rush of euphoria, patients will experience a full-body calm that leaves them relaxed and ready to melt into the couch.

Ideal for slowing down the day to combat stress and anxiety, Blueberry Headband has turned into a favorite for pain relief thanks to its high levels of myrcene

Genetics – Blueberry x Headband

Effects – Giggly, Relaxed, Relieved

Main Terpenes – Myrcene

8. Afghan Kush [Indica]

An ideal way to treat pain and get better rest is by reaching for your favorite eighth of Afghan Kush. One of the few pure Indica strains we suggest for pain relief, this cannabis classic begins with a body high that quickly spreads to your mind, relieving you of anxiety and pain in equal measure.

While lower in THC percentage than many other options, Afghan Kush thrives due to its wonderful profile of flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Originating from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Afghan Kush has a long and rich history in the cannabis world.

Genetics – Undisclosed

Effects – Calming, Induces Hunger, Provides Full Body Relaxation

Main Terpenes – Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene

9. Brownie Scout [Indica]

You don’t have to go to summer camp to enjoy Brownie Scout cannabis. Created from legendary favorites Platinum Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) and Kosher Kush, Brownie Scout is the rare strain that takes the best from both parents to make something completely new and enjoyable.

Brownie Scout is typically a harder-hitting strain thanks to its high levels of THC. This combined with a high-quality terpene profile means that Brownie Scout can knock out novice users if they aren’t careful. Start low and go slow with brownie Scout or you’ll quickly find yourself relaxed and relieved from pain, ready to fall asleep.

Genetics – Platinum Girl Scout Cookies x Kosher Kush

Effects – Relaxed, Sleepy, Euphoric

Main Terpenes – Linalool, Myrcene, Pinene

10. Mazar Kush [Indica-Dominant Hybrid]

There are very few strains in the cannabis world that carry as noble an Indica heritage as Mazar Kush. This Indica-dominant hybrid was crossed between two of the older Indica strains known to come from Afghanistan. A cross between Afghani and Mazar I Sharif, Mazar Kush packs a one-two punch of pain relief and cerebral mental stimulation. Musky notes of earth and wood lead the nose and exhale while high levels of myrcene introduce a relaxing effect that quickly develops into full-body relaxation, bordering on sleepiness.

Genetics – Afghani x Mazar I Sharif

Effects – Relieves Pain, Anxiety, and Stress. Ideal for Headaches and Insomnia.

Main Terpenes – Myrcene