According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain. “Chronic pain” is defined as pain that persists for weeks to months, even years. Treating patients affected by chronic pain can be challenging as it is a complex condition that can impact individuals not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally. For years, opioids and narcotics were the most common treatment, but in light of the opioid crisis, more and more healthcare professionals are actively seeking alternative ways to help their patients relieve their pain. While not legal in all states, medical cannabis has gained traction as a viable treatment option. Here are three strains that are popular for their ability to help treat pain.
Cannatonic is a hybrid marijuana strain that is mostly CBD. THC levels for Cannatonic are around 4%, with CBD levels that are approximately 9%. It was made by crossing MK Ultra and G13 Haze. The result is a strain that provides a mellow feeling of calm and relaxation, instead of the traditional “high” one may experience from strains with higher amounts of THC. The ultra-soothing effects make Cannatonic a great choice for patients seeking to relieve muscle spasms and pain conditions. Despite being a powerful strain, it isn’t likely that you would experience any sedation or “couch-lock with Cannatonic. The smell and taste and fairly traditional, with a deep earthy case and citrusy undertones.
White Widow is a widely popular hybrid strain. It has been a constant in Dutch cannabis coffee shops since it was created in the 1990s. White Widow reportedly came about from a cross between a Brazilian sativa and a South Indian indica. Patients with chronic pain choose White Widow for its ability to relax the body while still providing sharp mental clarity and energetic euphoria. The taste and smell are described as earthy with a note of sweet peppery lemon. The THC levels of White Widow are around 15%.
Another popular strain choice for chronic pain is Strawberry Sorbet. It is a potent hybrid strain with THC levels of around 23%. DNA Genetics created Strawberry Sorbet by crossing Heirloom Swiss Strawberry and Sorbet. The dominant effects are reportedly mental and physical relaxation and creative happiness. As the name would imply, the flavor and aroma are a fruity sweet strawberry with hints of earthy florals.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for general information and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice.