5 Strains to Treat Chronic Pain

Cannabis for chronic pain treatment

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We have been using cannabis for medicinal purposes for at least 2500 years. Of course we have become a lot more sophisticated in that time. Different types of cannabis treat different kinds of ailments. The best strain for you depends on the nature of your problem.

While all cannabis strains can help with pain, some do a particularly good job. Read on as we look at the five best cannabis strains for chronic pain.

Definition of Chronic Pain

Not all pain is chronic pain.

Chronic pain is a condition in which you are in pain most days over a six-month period. High-impact chronic pain is a worse version in which the pain affects your ability to carry out normal daily activities.

How Cannabis Treats Pain

To find the best strain for your chronic pain, it’s important to know the ways in which cannabis treats pain.

This study gives a broad outline of cannabis’ efficacy in pain treatment. It explains how the endocannabinoid system manages of pain.

The endocannabinoid system is the network of brain receptors that cannabis acts upon.

Cannabis influences this system in such a way that it decreases inflammation throughout the body. Doctors use it as an anti-inflammatory which is also the function of medicines like Ibuprofen.

Many pain-related issues, most notably arthritis, derive from too much inflammation in the body.

Therefore, when choosing a cannabis strain to treat chronic pain, you should prioritize those strains that have the most pronounced anti-inflammatory effects. CBD and THC both have anti-inflammatory properties, so a larger percentage of one or the other will not necessarily predict better management of inflammation.

The endocannabinoid system also deals with damage to your nervous system. Damage like this  can cause chronic pain, which cannabis can provide relief.

The best pain-relief strains may be so effective due to having a favorable “entourage effect.” This term describes the impact and effects of different combinations of cannabinoids in users.

As this study outlines, more research into lesser-known cannabinoids is required before we can fully understand the entourage effect. However, most cannabis experts now agree that it is an important factor in strain selection.

Five Effective Cannabis Strains for Chronic Pain

If you’re in Canada, you should have no trouble finding any of these five strains on our online store. You can always freely search cannabis online Canada or better yet, simply choose one or two of the five strains we’ve listed here, then place your order.

There are hundreds of cannabis strains that can treat pain. However, the five we’ve picked all have exceptional pain management profiles.

While these are some of our favorites, you should always experiment with a few different strains before settling on one. Strains don’t always affect every user the same way so you should try different options to determine what works best.


The first entry on our list has a healthy balance between THC and CBD. This means that its psychoactive effects are much milder than other options here, which makes it perfect for you if you’re a less-experienced cannabis user or if you just don’t wish to get too high.
Harlequin is also rich in caryophyllene, a terpene that attaches to CB2 receptors in a way that reduces inflammation and lessens anxiety.

Master Kush

Master Kush is an indica-dominant strain. Like many traditional indicas, it has a numbing effect on the body, making it an ideal choice for sufferers of arthritis or musculoskeletal issues.

Descended from Afghanistan’s early mountain landraces, Master Kush carries traditional indica genetics. While it is renowned for its calming effects, it can also sharpen awareness and fuel creativity. This makes it a good all-round medicinal strain.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is another indica. Like Master Kush, it has strong numbing and calming effects, which give it its pain management qualities.

This strain has a very high THC/CBD ratio. Along with medical benefits, it packs a powerful psychoactive punch.

Critical Mass is also noted for its effectiveness in treating insomnia. If your chronic pain is getting between you and a good night’s sleep, this might be the strain for you.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is another strain with a high THC/CBD ratio, which means that you can expect a pretty strong effect when you smoke or vape it. However, it also aids focus and creativity, making it more than just a pain reliever.

A sativa-dominant descendant of Blueberry and Haze, Blue Dream has also attracted praise for its pleasant blueberry flavor.

White Widow

Named for its distinctive coating of white crystals, White Widow is another strain that will work wonders for various types of pain. Another option with dominant indica genetics, it has a distinctly calming effect.

Unusually for cannabis strains, White Widow is noted for having little smell or taste. If you want to keep the odor to a minimum when you light up, this is the strain to consider.

Will cannabis be the pain management of the future?

Experts now agree that cannabis is one of the best all-around chronic pain management options. It is affordable, all-natural, and enjoyable!

It also poses far fewer risks than traditional pain management medicines. Neither organ damage nor physical dependence is a risk with cannabis consumption.