Cannabis Strains for Arthritis

The use of cannabis for the treatment of musclo-skeletal problems dates back millennia. In more recent times, Cannabis is making a comeback as a mainstream treatment for arthritis. Affecting more than 30 million Americans, different forms of arthritis constitute one of the most serious health concerns today.

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Recommended Cannabis Strains for the Treatment of Pain Associated with Arthritis

Purple Afghan Kush (Mostly Indica)
Purple Afghan Kush Feminised Seeds by the cannabis seeds breeder Dinafem Seeds, is a Photoperiod Feminised marijuana strain. This Mostly Indica strain produces a High Indoors: 500 g/m2 & Outdoors: 600-800 g/plant yield. These seeds are ready to harvest in 60 days in late September/early October. This Feminised seed grows well in Greenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors conditions. Additionally it can be expected to grow into a Medium, Tall plant reaching up to 2.5 metres. This strain has Purple Kush x Pre'98 Bubba Kush Genetics. It has a High (15-20%) THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is Low (0-1%).
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Grapefruit (Mostly Sativa)
Grapefruit is an upbeat sativa cross that stems from Cinderella 99.
The effects of this strain can be overwhelmingly euphoric and new consumers should proceed with caution. Grapefruit can produce THC levels as high as 25%.
Medical cannabis consumers often use this strain to fight fatigue and manage headaches.
Grapefruits energizing aroma and uplifting experience make this sativa popular among patients with depression too. Anyone seeking a quick daytime, de-stress session will also enjoy the upbeat effects of grapefruit.
THC 20% can go up to 25%
CBD 0.2

Lineage Cinderella 99
Creativity, Energetic, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Depression, Fatigue, Headaches, Pain, Stress
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Linalool, Pinene
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Blue Dream (Mostly Sativa)
Blue Dream is the most popular legal cannabis strain. It's high-yielding, fairly fast to grow, and has a wealth of medicinal benefits. This well-balanced hybrid has two dominant phenotypes giving some varieties a more cerebral or body-heavy effect.
Those in need of day time pain relief or who need relief from depression, stress or anxiety tend to enjoy the relaxed, calm sensation this strain produces.
THC 22%
CBD 2%

Lineage Blueberry Haze
Cerebral, Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Pain relief, Relaxation, Sociable, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Arthritis, Bipolar Disorder, Cramps, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Headaches,Inflammation, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Muscular Dystrophy, Nausea, Pain, PTSD, PMS, Spasticity, Stress
Caryophyllene, Linalool, Pinene
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Girl Scout Cookies (Hybrid)
Girl Scout Cookies has made a name for itself as one of the strongest strains in the world. With THC levels soaring to 28%, it's no wonder this hybrid has had so many successful offshoots, including Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and Thin Mint.
Patients with migraine and PTSD find relief with GSC. Though, it's also good for chronic daily stress, anxiety and pain. Those with Parkinson's, wasting syndrome, and multiple sclerosis may also find relief with this strain.
THC 24% Very High
CBD 0.25 Low

Cerebral, Creativity, Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Cachexia, Crohn's Disease, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorder, Inflammation, Insomnia, Lack Of Appetite, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Pain, Parkinson's, PTSD, Stress
Caryophyllene , Humulene , Limonene , Pinene
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Bubba Kush (Mostly Indica)
Bubba Kush entered the scene prior to 1998, and it's dominated the cannabis world since.
This strain is a powerful indica that will ease your mind and body with a wave of euphoric bliss.
Strong indica effects make Bubba Kush a great choice for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients.
High THC levels stimulate appetite and provide ample pain relief. Potent sedative effects also make Bubba the perfect cure for insomnia. You'll want to stick to night time use with this strain,
Bubba Kush can leave you stuck on the couch and craving favorite snacks.
THC 18%
CBD 0.2

Lineage OG Kush
Drowsiness, Euphoria, Giggly, Hunger, Pain Relief, Relaxation
Medicinal Uses:
ADD/ADHD, Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Cachexia, Cancer, Cramps, Crohn's Disease, Pain
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Linalool
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Master Kush (Mostly Indica)
Master Kush is a potent indica that is great for medical cannabis patients. Featuring THC levels of 20% and up, this strain may be a little strong for beginners.
Medical consumers tend to like Master Kush for pain related conditions, as well as intense anxiety, stress, and depression. The strong sense of blissful, euphoric relaxation makes this strain perfect for anyone who just needs a little time to quiet down and veg out.
THC 20% High
CBD 1% Low

Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Depression, Inflammation, Insomnia, Lack Of Appetite, Pain, PTSD, Stress
Caryophyllene , Humulene , Limonene , Myrcene, Terpinolene
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White Widow (Mostly Indica)
White Widow is a 1990s hybrid that's only gaining in popularity. It's no surprise, either. This strain is famous for its potent, yet very well-balanced high. The THC content of this strain can reach up to 25%.
Creativity, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Psychedelic, Relaxation, Sociable,
Medical Uses:
ADD/ADHD, Anorexia, Anxiety, Cachexia, Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Depression, HIV/AIDS, Insomnia, Lack Of Appetite, Muscle Spasms, Pain, PMS, PTSD, Stress
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene, Linalool, Pinene
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L.A. Confidential (Indica)
LA Confidential is a reliable and popular indica. This strain produces nearly psychedelic effects and a powerful body high. Those new to cannabis should proceed with caution.
Though, this is a great choice for winding down after a stressful day at work. Medical consumers tend to like this strain for sleep and gastrointestinal issues. The potent heavy-bodied effects of LA Confidential tend to make pain disappear. Those under chronic stress may also find symptom relief with this strain.
THC 21% High
CBD 0.1% Low

Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Hunger, Psychedelic, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
Depression, Gastrointestinal Disorder, Inflammation, Insomnia, Lack Of Appetite, Nausea, Pain, Stress
Caryophyllene , Limonene , Linalool , Myrcene , Pinene
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Burmese Kush (Hybrid)
This hybrid strain is almost half sativa and tends to give users a calm, mellow outlook. Bred by TH Seeds as a cross that includes the California classic, OG Kush, this plant will be dark green and have a piney aroma with a sweet aftertaste. Growth can be slow to start so Burmese Kush is best for indoor conditions where growth speeds up and plants flower in 7-8 weeks. The effects also tend to come on slowly but can be strong and long-lasting once they do.
THC – Unknown
CBD – Unknown

Happy, Relaxed, Euphoric, Uplifted, Focused
Medical Uses:
Depression, Stress, Pain, Muscle Spasms, Lack of Appetite
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The disease has no known cure and conventional drugs tend to come with serious side effects. The advantage with medical cannabis is that it has very few lasting side effects and this has endeared it to many patients and healthcare providers.

Cannabis’s active ingredients particularly THC and CBD have been shown to harbor properties that target both the causes and symptoms of arthritis. Both of these compounds have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which help reduce the discomfort of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of the more common types of arthritis occurs when the body produces an immune response that mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the joints, thus damaging important parts such as the synovium.

In a study conducted at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, researchers found that the metabolizing of CBD in the body produces a metabolite that suppresses the wayward immune response.  A related metabolism process on THC produces anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, an action that helps to attack symptoms of arthritis from a different angle. From the metabolite, the researchers were able to produce a synthetic carboxylic acid called CT3 that is more powerful than the natural metabolite itself. Using animal tests, CT3 was shown to have immunomodulatory, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are critical for treating all forms of arthritis (Panikashvili et al., 2001). This indicates promise for a pharmaceutical-grade Cannabis without all the negative side effects associated with conventional arthritis medication.

With dozens of types of arthritis, the exact effect sought tends to vary from case to case. Osteoarthritis for example develops through a more mechanical process than RA, which makes targeting pain and swelling a more valid course of treatment. This means that osteoarthritis is less dependent on a CBD-high strain as is the case with RA(Kogan et al., 2015). A large part of managing arthritis involves controlling pain and associated secondary depression and insomnia. THC-high varieties are great at handling these symptoms but one has to be aware of the accompanying psychoactive effect.

Kogan, N., Melamed, E., Wasserman, E., Raphael, B., Breuer, A., & Stok, K. et al. (2015). Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts. Journal Of Bone And Mineral Research, 30(10), 1905-1913.

Panikashvili, D., Simeonidou, C., Ben-Shabat, S., Hanuš, L., Breuer, A., Mechoulam, R., & Shohami, E. (2001). An endogenous cannabinoid (2-AG) is neuroprotective after brain injury.





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2 thoughts on “Cannabis Strains for Arthritis

  1. Denise

    Hi …. first question is….do you have a Canadian outlet? Next, I am new to this, but, I am refusing to do pharmaceuticals…or mainstream medications, or whatever you want to call them….extra strength Tylenol is all that I take, when the pain is really bad. So, quickly….I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia… about 7 or 8 years ago….unsure about the diagnosis, but, I definitely have the symptoms….I also have ( & this is proven by CT scans & xrays) very extensive osteoarthiritis in my spine…& advanced degenerative disc disease in my neck. I would like to get some relief from the chronic pain that I am in…as naturally as possible. I don’t understand the THC/CBD thing…very well….I would like to learn….I don’t like to get “high”…..just relaxed & less pain….I would like to take something during the day, to help with the pain & then something to help me sleep at nite….both of these without the “head high”….I don’t want to smoke it….I would rather edible’s or oils or….something….ANY advice, suggestions, help that you can give me would be WONDERFUL!! I do have a Dr.’s letter so that I can purchase medical marijuana…& I need HELP!
    Thanks in advance,

  2. GreenSleeves Post author

    Hi Denise
    Sorry to hear of your troubles but it sounds like you are open to the idea of using Cannabis and eager to learn so you are off to a great start! Considering you have two conditions it’s likely that you will need to go through a bit of trial and error to find out exactly what works for you. To answer your first question we don’t have a Canadian specific website but much of the info on here will apply. We understand the need to not be totally high all day everyday and finding the balance between pain relief and functionality is paramount. Have you downloaded our free Sweet Leaf relief Guide? That will answer many of your questions and includes recipes on how to make different remedies.

    For people who prefer to ingest than to smoke or vape we have found that many have success with tinctures. There are a few reasons for this, the first is that it is very well absorbed through the mouth and the effect is much faster than with edibles meaning that you can effectively titrate up to the dose you need to. If you keep dosing regularly you will keep cannabinoids in your system and over time your tolerance will increase and your pain will very likely decrease. Unlike narcotic pain killers, tolerance with Cannabis can actually be very handy because you can ingest the amount you need to dull the pain but without getting too spaced. Tictures allow you to dose more cautiously and overdoing it is less likely than with edibles which are wildly unpredictable.They are easy to make and convenient on the go too. Coconut oil capsules work great too and you can make them as weak or as strong as you like.

    As far as THC and CBD goes, CBD will not get you high but does offer some pain relief for many. Try not to be apprehensive about THC it’s a wonderful painkiller and there are ways to work around the high, tolerance building being one of them as an example. Quite often the balance of the two will do the job and there are many medical strains out there that have lowered levels of THC and high levels of CBD. These are often referred to as 1:1 Strains because the ratio of THC and CBD is often roughly the same for example 7% THC (which is low compared to recreational strains) and 7% CBD (which is very high compared to recreational strains). This is all explained in the guide and there are several recipes for making Cannabis remedies on our site.

    The 1:1 ratio strains would probably be a good place to start. You could even get a 1:1 sativa dominant strain for daytime use and an indica 1:1 strain for bed time. If you are looking to avoid the high altogether you can try making a tincture without decarboxylating the Cannabis beforehand (also explained in the guide). This means you would be ingesting cannabinoids in their acid state, so instead of ingesting THC and CBD you would be ingesting THCa and CBDa. THCa is not psychoactive and some people find the pain relief from this sufficient for their needs. It also helps in that you will preserve the terpenes of the plant in your tincture whereas many of them will be lost through the process of decarboxylation. You do need to be cautious in that decarboxylation (turning THCa into the psychoactive THC) occurs as soon as the buds have been cut from the plant, so making a tincture from freshly dried plant material is best and it should be consumed within about 3 months as it will gradually become more and more psychoactive over time. It may not be enough pain relief for you but on the other hand it may be so it’s worth a try as it will avoid the high. You could also supplement this with a weak THC tincture and see how you get on. That is why growing your own is such an advantage as you can experiment away and find what works for you without breaking the bank at the dispensaries.

    We hope this info helps you and if you have any other questions, please ask away. We wish you the best of luck on this rewarding journey and look forward to the day when you come back and tell us you have your life back.


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