Pain relief is one of the biggest reasons why people use medical marijuana license. From slight back pain to severe surgery pain, marijuana can help to calm those feelings without the use of heavy narcotics. However, different marijuana strains are better at fighting pain than others.
Regardless of the strain you choose, try to use all the compounds present in the plant. CBD tamps down THC’s “get you high” effect. And CBD helps extend the half-life, or how long it exists in your system, of THC. Both impact your body’s endocannabinoid system but in different ways.
What is a marijuana strain?
If you’ve read a little about marijuana, or if you enter most dispensaries, you might see the words indica, sativa, and hybrid. Generally, most people divide marijuana into these three categories.
Indica, which originates from the Hindu Kush mountains of India, is believed to have a relaxing effect on the user. Sativa has a more energizing effect, while hybrid is a combination of the two.
Many industry experts, however, are reconsidering the indica, sativa and hybrid categories. According to Amos Elberg, head of data science at Confident Cannabis, these terms are more or less meaningless.
How to choose a strain
The strain you choose depends on what effect you desire. As mentioned earlier, cannabis has a range of medical uses, but some strains are better for certain conditions than others.
Furthermore, it is important to remember that each patient is different, and choosing the right cannabis strain may take some trial and error. With that all being said, here are some examples of cannabis strains that have ranked on most sites’ top 5 lists.
A hybrid that contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC that produces little to no high or intoxicated feeling high feeling. Can contain as much as 19 percent CBD of all compounds. Helps to relieve pain generally, specifically multiple sclerosis.
Came to prominence in the early 2010s by showing that its acutely high CBD levels and low THC levels could treat severe seizures without getting people high, especially in children. Also used to treat epilepsy and general pain.
Blue Dream is relaxing and soothing, but it isn’t a total sedative. This makes it perfect for easing pain, cramps, or inflammation for when you can’t afford to fall asleep. Plus, it’s said to lift your mood and give you a feeling of euphoria.
This potent hybrid is a fan favorite of marijuana smokers across the globe. Being predominantly indica, it will give a nice body high that releases tension and helps relieve mild aches and pains. Its sativa minority works in combination to give an amazing high that will put your body to rest and keep your mind off of physical pain. White Widow is known to help insomniacs fall asleep faster and deeper.
If you are looking for something that will soothe your pain at the end of the day and help you fall asleep, White Widow is the best strain for sleep and pain.
Purple Kush is great for inducing a state of bliss so that you feel relaxed, happy, and sleepy. It’s often used for reducing pain and muscle spasms. Its sedating effects means it can be used to reduce insomnia.