The Most Effective Cannabis Strains for Chronic Pain

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October 18, 2018
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Whether it’s an old athletic injury acting up or chronic pain, cannabis has been shown to have analgesic properties. In fact, for many people, it’s a great alternative to the all-too-readily-available opioids that are commonly prescribed for chronic pain. Before covering some effective cannabis strains for pain, let’s look at which cannabinoids can help.

Which Cannabinoids Are Most Effective for Pain Relief?

Which Cannabinoids Are Most Effective

Okay, so you’ve done your research and know all about THC and CBD and maybe even CBG. But when you’re looking for pain relief, which cannabinoid should you concern yourself with?

Well, it depends on the type of pain.

For pain that is the result of inflammation (nociceptive pain), such as sprained ankles and other joint pains, both THC and CBD can help thanks to their anti-inflammatory effect.

Neuropathic pain (nerve pain), which can be chronic for many, may be helped by CBD-rich strains. It’s thought that CBD’s ability to activate serotonin receptors helps reduce the amount of pain.

Other pains, like that caused by fibromyalgia, which fall into a “general pain” category can be reduced by cannabis, however, more research is needed regarding whether particular cannabinoid profiles are more effective for treatment.

Best Cannabis Strains for Pain

Best Cannabis Strains for Pain

If you’re suffering from general pain or pain from an injury, try these strains:

Bubba Kush

The ever popular, sleep-inducing Bubba Kush can help reduce stress and relieve pain, all while finally allowing you to relax. Tests peg the strain at around 14-22% THC and up to 1% CBD.


A high-TCH strain that can also help get your creative juices flowing, GSC can help those suffering from severe pain. Formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies, this sweet and earthy strain has a THC level of 17-28% and CBD of up to 0.2%.

Best Cannabis Strains for Chronic Pain

Best Cannabis Strains for Chronic Pain

If you’re looking to treat chronic pain, try one of these CBD-heavy strains:


As a high CBD strain, ACDC has helped patients treat chronic pain for years. Its low THC profile means you likely won’t feel high, so its great for when you just need to reduce your pain so you can get back to the business of living. We carry ACDC as both a concentrate and a vape at Everett.


With CBD testing in the range of 8-16%, Harlequin is a reliable, pain-relieving strain. Users rave about how it’s helped them deal with their medical issues—all while carrying an earthy but sweet flavor. Harlequin’s THC tends to fall between 4-7%.

Purple Arrow

Whether you need to get over a bad headache or more chronic pain, Purple Arrow can help. A cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, this high-THC strain presents as earthy — even though it will leave you feeling out of this world. Testing pegs THC at around 17 to 24 percent and CBD of up to 3 to 4%.

We hope these strains help get you started on your cannabis pain relief journey. Feel free to ask our friendly budtenders for more recommendations to help you find a strain that works for you! You can check out our pain-relieving cannabis strains online or in-store.

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