Article by Jennifer Jenka, Cannabis Life Network
Nerve pain affects many people worldwide, and many now turn to cannabis for neuropathic pain relief. Here is a brief outline of neuropathic pain and a list of the best cannabis strains for nerve pain.
What is neuropathic pain?
Neuropathy suffers describe the pain as a tinging, burning, numbing or pain response that often doesn’t have a specific cause. In most cases, the pain isn’t usually triggered by an event or injury, and the body sends pain signals through the central nervous system to our brain.
People with this disorder often experience shooting, burning pain which can occur constantly or intermittently. It also tends to worsen over time. The pain condition is typically chronic and results due to progressive nerve diseases, injuries and infections.
Some examples of neuropathic or other disorders that may cause neuropathic pain include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Multiple myeloma
- Pain due to chronic alcohol use
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Phantom limb syndrome
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thyroid problems
- Facial nerve problems
- Spinal arthritis
How is neuropathic pain customarily treated?
This neuropathic pain sensation is typically treated with over-the-counter pain medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription medication (like opioids), topical pain relievers, antidepressant medicines, anticonvulsants, nerve blocks, implantable devices, and lifestyle treatments like massage therapies.
However, as some of these treatments can be hard on the body with very uncomfortable side effects, many people now seek marijuana as an alternative therapy.
Best cannabis strains for nerve pain
Picking the best cannabis strains for nerve pain can be a bit tricky as not everyone reacts to the same strain in the same manner. However, it’s best to look for cannabis strains for neuropathy with high CBD levels. That said, some cannabis strains can help with nerve without having a high CBD content.
Here is our list of the top 10 cannabis strains for nerve pain:
Known for its rich resin content and powerfully sedating effects, Afghan Kush is a top choice for anyone looking for pain relief. It is a potent indica and is best used for nighttime use as it will make you feel calm and relaxed. You might even become couch-locked with this strain.
The Afghan Kush strain is an almost 100% indica and has a very earthy scent with pine. Some people describe the scent and taste as “hash-like.” Many people claim this is one of the best strains for pain relief. Be sure to check it out.
The strain Blue Dream is a hybrid originating in California. It leans towards the Sativa end of the spectrum and has high levels of THC. The high is often described as a cerebral and dream-like high that relaxes a person so well that they do not focus on their pain.
The strain doesn’t have the highest CBD content (approximately 1-2%), but the THC effects help suppress pain and other physical irritations. Try this strain out only when you have time to relax because its high is pretty intense. Often, people use Blue Dream for neuropathy as it helps distract a person from the pain.
If you are looking for an excellent daytime strain that has a clear-headed high and will help you still accomplish all you need to do, then Jack Herer is the strain for you. It is a well-balanced hybrid, the strain tastes of fruit and citrus flavours, making it both delicious and impactful.
Those who suffer from nerve pain claim this strain distracts you from physical distress and ailments and causes uplifting feelings that won’t leave you feeling like you are dragging your feet.
Another sativa strain that is incredibly high in CBD is Harlequin at 12-15%. People with epilepsy and neuropathy use it as a gentle yet effective high that leaves you feeling like you are walking on cloud nine without sedating you.
However, it is also a great daytime strain for chronic pain sufferers as it doesn’t cause fuzzy feelings as many strains do and instead leaves you with a clear head and an energy boost.
White Widow a great cannabis strain for chronic nerve pain
White widow is effective primarily for its high THC levels. It usually has approximately 25% THC, and the high is revitalizing yet will leave you chilled out and relaxed. It is a relatively balanced hybrid with sativa leaning tendencies and is a cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian indica.
Many chronic pain sufferers turn to White Widow as it has powerful energizing effects. Also, your pain will feel less intense while making you relaxed and calm. Keep in mind that if you smoke too much White Widow, it has been found to create feelings of paranoia and anxiety. When you start smoking, use only a little at first and raise the dosage until you feel comfortable.
MK Ultra an effective cannabis strain for nerve pain
MK Ultra is a very potent indica-leaning hybrid cannabis strain made by crossing OG Kush and G13. It is said to produce high and fast-acting euphoric effects. People who want a solid medicating result should definitely try out this gem of a strain. It is one of the best marijuana strains for nerve pain.
The THC content is typically 18%, and the CBD level is 0.1%. As one of the heaviest indica hybrids out there, it produces powerful and hypnotic cerebral effects, and due to this, it won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2003. If you want fast pain relief or to get into the mindset where you can better handle the nerve pain, you need to try this strain out.
Another prized cannabis hybrid strain for nerve pain includes Cannatonic. It was made from crossing MK Ultra (another strain on this list) with G13 Haze, and the company Resin Seeds created this high CBD strain that has tested as high as 17% CBD. On the downside, the THC content is very low at 6%.
This strain is excellent for daytime use as it has a very uplifting yet mellow high. Also, it is also great if you do not want to have high THC effects but still want to reap the strain’s benefits. Cannatonic has an earthy odour with a sweet citrus flavour.
Gorilla Glue #4
If you are looking for a good strain to use on a day off or at the end of the workday, be sure to try out Gorilla Glue #4. A 65% Sativa hybrid, it is an award-winning strain famous for its high THC content, which averages 18-32%. On the downside, the CBD content is really low at approximately 0.1%.
But don’t let that dissuade you from trying it out. Gorilla Glue #4 is great for both medical and recreational users as it gives you the feeling like your body is melting into the couch, despite the sativa dominance. Not to mention, it also has uplifting cerebral effects that provide you with an incredible all-around high for nerve pain relief.
Another extremely high CBD hybrid is AC/DC. By crossing Cannatonic (also in this list) and Ruderalis, it creates a strain with an exceptionally high 20:1 CBD: THC ratio. The strain typically contains between 16-24% CBD and 2-6% THC. This high CBD content is the primary reason it is the CBD Queen.
AC/DC treats seizures, anxiety, pain and the effects of chemotherapy. It also produces little to no intoxicating effects, which makes it great for daytime neuropathic pain relief.