Pain relief is one of the most common goals for marijuana users seeking relief from inflammation, muscle soreness, headaches, chronic pain, and more. Take the NFL, for example. Just this year, their Joint Pain Management Committee of the league awarded $1 million in research grants to medical teams studying the effects cannabinoids have on pain management and “neuro-protection from concussion” for their players. NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills hopes that this research is impactful not only for the NFL, but for athletes at all levels across society. Already, cannabis has shown to reduce symptoms of pain, headaches, and muscle spasticity by 86%, as stated by this 2016 cross-sectional survey. Beyond everyday ailments, marijuana has proved effective for acute and chronic pain relief as well, providing a safe alternative to opioids, per a 2015 Journal of Pain study. More specifically, according to the National Academies’ report in 2017, it was found that cannabis has been most successful in its uses for neuropathic and cancer-related pain. There is no doubt that marijuana has true, proven potential in combatting both common and uncommon forms of pain.
At The Happy Camper we understand that everyone’s needs are unique when it comes to finding pain relief. We not only examine how THC interacts with the body, but also offer guidance in choosing a strain best suited for you.
Cannabinoids and Their Effect on the Human Brain
Marijuana interacts with what is known as the Endocannabinoid Receptor System (ECS). In short, this biological system is crucial in regulating key bodily functions such as sleep, movement, digestion, pain, mood, and energy levels. In order for the ECS to operate properly, it relies on cannabinoids to stimulate its receptors in the brain. Many cannabinoids are naturally produced in the body, but natural cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants offer themselves as a beneficial supplement. Although there are dozens of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are most notable for the health benefits they provide.
- CBD is a non-intoxicating substance, meaning it won’t create a “high” feeling. Instead, CBD works with other parts of the body to create senses of calmness and wellbeing.
- THC, on the other hand, works directly with the Endocannabinoid Receptors in the brain. Stimulating these receptors creates a euphoric “high” that can have significant impacts on pain and mood.
These are the Best Weed Strains for Pain Relief
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when it comes to medical marijuana is that not all weed is created equal. Sativa and Indica are the two main types of cannabis, yet they can have drastically differing effects. While sativas are typically associated with an energizing effect that can improve focus, indicas have been found more helpful in creating full-body relaxation. Additionally, each cannabis strain differs in its amounts of CBD and THC. Therefore, when it comes to your body and needs, choosing the appropriate strain and potency is vital. Here are some of the best strains we’ve found specifically for relieving both common and uncommon types of pain:
Blackberry Kush | Also known as “BBK,” Blackberry Kush is an indica-dominant strain with a high THC content. It is often recommended for pain management for the strong body high and relaxing effects it offers. It has a potent taste and aroma with a hint of sweet berries.
Harlequin | With its ample content of CBD, this sativa strain allows for relaxation without a foggy mind. Harlequin is one of the most effective strains for treating both pain and anxiety as the CBD content helps amplify the painkilling properties of THC. Its flavors can vary greatly, from earthy to fruity.
The White | The White is most notable for its lack of flavor and odor, making it preferable for those who do not enjoy the taste or aroma of cannabis. The buds of this strain are covered in white trichomes, appearing as if they had been rolled in sugar, hence its name. Its users praise The White for its pain-relieving abilities as it produces a high that creates equal head and body sensations.
Blueberry Headband | Crossed with Blueberry and Headband strains, this hybrid offers a rush of euphoria that is followed by full-body relaxation. Most commonly it is chosen for its ability to relieve headaches and other symptoms of chronic stress. As revealed by its name, Blueberry Headband has a sweet blueberry flavor and aroma.
Master Kush | This indica, THC-dominant strain has been praised for the soothing relief it offers both body and mind, while also sharpening sensory awareness. This strain is potent but has a subtle earthy aroma with hints of citrus and incense.
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