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Marijuana for Pain: Top 5 Cannabis Strains for Pain Relief

Top 5 Cannabis Strains for Pain Relief

Pain, whether it comes from a chronic illness or a recent injury, can bring on a lot of emotions. We’re frustrated when pain holds us back from our favorite activities or even working around the house. We’re anxious that the source of pain may not go away, even if it was caused by a one-time injury. Many people also experience fear when it comes to treating pain - they do not want to rely on painkillers that may have more dangerous side effects.

Fortunately, the legalization of medical marijuana in California and other states has helped people overcome or soften the blow of these emotions. Doctors often recommend that cannabis is used to treat various types of pain; in fact, pain is the number one reason why people order from a dispensary in the first place!

But not just any edible or vape pen will do the trick. If you are shopping for different cannabis strains for pain relief, consider strains that have a high level of CBD. CBD and THC work together with the body’s endocannabinoid system to tame inflammation and treat other root causes of pain.

The following strains are very popular among patients with chronic pain - while not all of them are known for their high CBD content, they are all worth a try while you’re shopping for your next big splurge!


If you’re looking for pain relief, start with ACDC. The CBD content in this strain is so high that people often report experiencing little to no intoxicating effects after consuming it. That means that you won’t get high and you’ll feel relief from various forms of pain. For many, this is a win-win. In addition to treating pain, many people reach for ACDC to treat symptoms of chemotherapy, mood disorders, and epilepsy.

ACDC’s dominant terpene is myrcene, which gives it an earthy aroma and taste. Myrcene is found in some of the most “chill” strains of cannabis, but it’s also found in different types of herbs and spices!

Smoking a strain that doesn’t get you high may be a new experience, but it’s one worth trying if you want to feel relief.


Harlequin is another strain that can help you get back to all of your favorite activities without feeling stoned. With close to a 2:1 ratio of CBD:THC, users report feeling clear, focused, and even energized after smoking or vaping Harlequin while not feeling pain. The high CBD levels may also help to counteract paranoia or anxiety, two side effects that may affect users after smoking.

Like ACDC, Harlequin is packed with myrcene and has a woody, earthy aroma. But other flavors or aromas may also be present in the strains that arrive at your door. This is a great strain for new cannabis users to enjoy - if a parent, sibling, or friend doesn’t smoke but is experiencing chronic pain, recommend Harlequin.



If ACDC and Harlequin aren’t your favorites (or they are out of them at the dispensary,) try Cannatonic. Cannatonic is another high-CBD strain that doesn’t produce psychoactive effects but still gets the job done. People with migraines, muscle spasms, and other forms of pain often turn to Cannatonic for relief. In fact, it’s actually the “parent” strain of ACDC, and the “child” of MK Ultra and G13 Haze.

You may not be surprised to learn that the dominant terpene in Cannatonic is myrcene. As a hybrid strain, you may not feel super euphoric or super sleepy after smoking. Users tend to report that Cannatonic relaxes them without locking them to the couch. This is, again, another good first strain for new smokers who just want to explore the potential pain relief they can enjoy with cannabis.

Sour Diesel

For those who want to get a little stoned and treat chronic pain, check out Sour Diesel. You might have heard of this strain before. It’s one of the most popular names in the world of cannabis. Sour Diesel provides an energetic high and treats pain as well as the symptoms of mental health disorders. If you want to avoid “couch-lock” and instead spe