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Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Chronic Pain

Posted by Jason Draizin on 02/10/2011 in Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is a highly effective medicine for chronic pain as well as a wide variety of other ailments, from epilepsy to severe nausea. But with seemingly endless strains to choose from, how do you know what the best strain is for chronic pain?

The first thing to understand is the difference between the two types of cannabis: sativa and indica. Sativas have a higher level of THC than indicas, which results in a psychoactive and energetic mind-high. Indicas, on the other hand, have a higher level of cannabinoids than sativas, which results in a sedated body-type stone. Because indicas affect the body, these strains are the best choice for patients with chronic pain.

Some patients who prefer the invigorating effects of a sativa over the sleep-inducing qualities of indica may fare well with a hybrid. Hybrids combine characteristics of each parent to minimize some of the unwanted effects of one strain or add the desired effects of another. For example, adding sativa to indica strains adds mental clarity and decreases sedation effects.  And adding indica to sativa strains can decrease or even eliminate the sativa tendency to stimulate anxiety.

Patients who live in states that allow them to purchase marijuana from a pot dispensary or cannabis club can ask their budtenders for a heavy indica to treat their chronic pain. Each dispensary will have a varied selection of indicas, sativas and hybrids to choose from, and you can ask the bedtender which one he or she recommends for chronic pain. Some dispensaries will even conduct lab testing on the products so you can determine the exact levels of THC, CBN and CBD.

Chronic pain patients who don’t have access to medical marijuana dispensaries and have to grow their own medicine should be sure to select the right strain before embarking on the time consuming process of growing their medicine. Look for seeds or clones of a heavy indica. Some good strains to choose from include:

  • Hindu Kush (indica)
  • Cali Gold (indica)
  • Purple Urkle (hybrid, mostly indica)
  • Grand Daddy Purple(hybrid, mostly indica)
  • White Berry (indica)
  • Northern Lights (indica)
  • Sensi Star (indica)

These are just a few suggestions, however there are endless choices when it comes to choosing a medical marijuana strain. Patients who can purchase their medicine from a dispensary have the huge advantage of sampling or purchasing small amounts of cannabis before committing to a larger quantity. Bottom line, if you suffer from chronic pain, it’s best to stick with an indica. Then you should try out several strains until you find the best one that works for you. Happy medicating!