Cannabis Strains for Back Pain

More than 80 million Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, making it one of the most common medical conditions (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Physicians have largely depended on opioids and other types of pharmaceutical painkillers to treat their patients but these tend to be ineffective for large proportion of patients especially for long-term use and precipitate unwanted side effects.

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Recommended Cannabis Strains for the Treatment of Pain Associated with Back Pain

Afghan Kush (Indica)
The buds of Afghan Kush develop into massive, blunt-topped nuggets full of resin; pure indica goodness with a heavy yield. Revered for its heavy resin content and powerfully sedating effects, Afghan Kush is a top choice for anyone looking to relax after a long day.It has a Very High (over 20%) THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is Unknown.
Medical Uses:
Lack of Appetite.
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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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Aurora Indica (Indica)
Aurora Indica, bred by Nirvana Seeds, is a 90% indica cross between Afghan and Northern Lights. Fulfilling our expectations of an indica, this strain induces heavy full-body effects and a sedating cerebral calm. Aurora Indica is a potent strain for evening treatment of insomnia, pain, and other conditions requiring a restful night’s sleep.
Relaxed, Sleepy, Happy, Aroused, Euphoric
Medical Uses:
Pain, Stress, Depression, Insomnia, Muscle Spasms
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Shark Shock CBD (High CBD)
Shark Shock CBD, the medicinal version of Shark Shock, is a cannabis seed that originates from the "White" family, winner of several awards in the 90's and crossed with a line containing high levels of CBD. The remarkable medicinal properties of the thick resin layer covering the flowers live up to its ancestors. It is aimed at growers of all levels looking for well-rounded strains that boast medicinal properties.
Its effect is potent and relaxing, more physical than mental, but without being too heavy. It is ideal for relaxing, for the relief of the symptoms associated with anorexia, insomnia, muscular aches and pains and depression THC: 6% CBD: 6% Ratio THC/CBD: 1:1 (medicinal optimum)
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Strawberry Cough (Mostly Sativa)
Strawberry Cough is an easygoing sativa with a mysterious history.
One thing is certain, though. This Lady has a wonderful, earthy strawberry aroma.
Those who have trouble with attention and focus may enjoy Strawberry Cough. It tends to promote an easygoing, carefree high that allows you to get things done. Minor Aches and pains will ease away and you'll be left with an all round happy mood. The stimulating effects of this strain make it perfect for daytime use.
THC 18%
CBD 0.2

Cerebral, Energetic, Euphoria, Focus, Happiness, Relaxation
Medical Uses
ADD/ADHD, Pain, Depression, Fatigue, Headaches, Lack Of Appetite, Migraines
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene
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White Russian (Mostly Indica)
White Russian is a high-quality strain that leans sativa-dominant. This hybrid is known to knock out headaches in a jiffy and promotes a clear-headed sense of euphoria.
Medical consumers tend to love this strain for pain management. You can kiss stress,depression and fatigue goodbye after just a few minutes. Many consumers also find quality headache and migraine relief from white russian.
This strain has White Widow x AK-47 Genetics.
THC 22%
CBD 0.1

Creativity, Euphoria, Happiness, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medicinal Uses
Depression, Pain, Fatigue ,Headaches, Lack of Appetite, Nausea, Stress
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene, Terpinolene
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Super OG Kush (Mostly Indica)
These seeds are ready to harvest in 55 days in September. This Feminised seed grows well in Indoors, Outdoors conditions. Additionally it can be expected to grow into a Tall plant reaching 90cm - 250cm. This strain has Hindu Kush x OG Kush Genetics. It has a High (15-20%) THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is Medium (1-5%).
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Mazari 1 (Mostly Indica)
Mazari Feminised Seeds by the cannabis seeds breeder Seedsman, is a Photoperiod Feminised marijuana strain. These seeds are ready to harvest in 8-9 Weeks in Beginning of November. This Feminised seed grows well in Greenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors conditions. This strain has Mazari Sharif x Skunk #1 Genetics. It has a Unknown THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is Unknown.
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Blue Cheese (Indica)
Blue Cheese is a popular connoisseur strain thanks to its distinctive aroma and nice high. A quality medical strain, this indica has THC levels of around 20%
Blue Cheese is a great strain of medical cannabis used to treat those with PTSD, ADHD and Bipolar Disorders.
THC 20%
CBD 2%

Drowsiness, Euphoria, Giggly, Happiness, Hunger, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses:
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety ,Bipolar Disorder
Cramps, Depression, Headaches, Insomnia, Pain, PTSD, Stress
Carene, Myrcene, Pinene
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Train Wreck (Mostly Sativa)
Trainwreck is a mind-bending hybrid with potent sativa effects that hit like a freight train. Mexican and Thai sativas were bred with Afghani indicas to produce this Northern California staple, passing on a sweet lemon and spicy pine aroma. Trainwreck begins its speedy hurtle through the mind with a surge of euphoria, awakening creativity and happiness. Migraines, pain, and arthritis are mowed down by Trainwreck’s THC content, and many patients also use it for relief of anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and PTSD.
THC 10-15% (Medium)
CBD 0-1% (Low)

Euphoric, Happy, Uplifted, Relaxed, Energetic
Medical Uses:
Stress, Depression, Pain, Lack of Appitite, Headaches
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Mataro Blue (Mostly Indica)
Mataro Blue by Kannabia Seeds is a rare three-way cross of Black Domina x Mazar I Sharif x Blue Monster. This strain is a stable, high yield producer on top of having flavorful, award-winning genetics. Its strong medicinal effects sedate and relax the consumer, helping to combat insomnia, chronic pain, and restlessness. Mataro Blue won 1st place rosin at the 2016 Lift Expo, Toronto, as well as 1st place medical indica at the 2012 Treating Yourself Expo, Toronto.
THC Very High (over 20%)
CBD Unknown

Relaxed, Euphoric, Happy, Hungry, Tingly
Medical Uses:
Pain, Stress, Depression, Insomnia, Lack of Appitite
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Vanilla Kush (Mostly Indica)
Vanilla Kush is an award-winning indica. Intensely drowsy and calming, this strain relaxes sore muscles while pleasing the nose with a spicy, sweet vanilla aroma.
Medical cannabis patients often choose this strain for chronic pain management. Vanilla Kush provides deeply relaxing relief from muscle tension and physical stress. Though the majority of this strain's effects are felt in the body, many consumers also pick up Kush for anxiety, insomnia and stress-related conditions.
THC 22%
CBD 1%

Drowsiness, Euphoria, Happiness, Relaxation, Uplifting
Medical Uses
Depression, Pain, Insomnia, Lack of Appetite, Nausea, Stress
Caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene, Pinene
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Black Berry OG (Mostly Indica)
Blackberry OG Feminised Seeds by the cannabis seeds breeder Emerald Triangle, is a Photoperiod Feminised marijuana strain. This Feminised seed grows well in Indoors, Outdoors conditions. This strain has Black Domina x Very Berry x Lost Coast OG Kush Genetics. It has a Unknown THC Content. The CBD content of the strain is Unknown.
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Cannatonic (High CBD Strain)
Cannatonic is a beautiful high-CBD hybrid with ample medical benefits. The strain does feature a little THC, but levels rarely reach over 6%. The CBD content, on the other hand, typically ranges between 6% and 17%. Cannatonic is an extremely relaxing strain without a long-lasting psychoactive high.
Rather, this strain produces a. calm, relaxed sensation. You may feel a gentle warming or tingling sensation as the body relaxes, but these are very pleasant and not disruptive. You may still feel a bit of THC's presence, but the higher the CBD content in your strain, the less noticeable it will be.
Cerebral, Focus, Happiness, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Sociable, Tingly, Uplifting
Medical Uses
Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Arthritis, Bipolar Disorder, Cramps, Crohn's Disease, Depression, Epilepsy, Eye Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorder, Glaucoma, Headaches, Inflammation, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Muscular Dystrophy, Nausea, Pain, Parkinson's, Phantom Limb Pain, PMS, PTSD, Seizures, Spasticity, Spinal Cord Injury, Stress, Tourette's Syndrome
Humulene , Linalool , Myrcene. Pinene
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The analgesic and tissue healing properties of Cannabis have been known for millennia and the plant is now beginning to replace conventional treatments as a viable treatment for back pain. Scientific research indicates that Cannabis is effective in targeting various underlying causes of back pain.

A study conducted at the University of Colorado Spine Center compared the reported efficacy of Cannabis with that of opiates among 184 patients at the facility. 19 percent of the subjects, most of them without a prescription, used Cannabis to try to cure their back pain. 90 percent of the patients used it by smoking, while 45% and 29% used oral and vaporization techniques respectively.

89% of the patients said that Cannabis moderately or greatly relieved their pain and 81% found it to work better than opioids (Fauber, 2013). Other studies have shown Cannabis to be effective at healing damaged components in the spine and to relieve chronic pain.

The curative action of Cannabis on back pain is linked to compounds in the plant, called cannabinoids. THC and CBD, the two most prominent cannabinoids, bind with various receptors in the body in ways that relieve inflammation, promote healing and arrest abnormalities in neural synapses that all contribute to back pain.

THC is known to be more potent that other cannabinoids at relieving pain, but its psychoactive properties which vary from person to person make it difficult to prescribe with any amount of certainty by physicians. On the other hand, CBD has proven to be effective in at least one animal study in healing degenerative discs, which could be good news for patients with injury-related back pain (Silveira et al., 2014).

Patients who are sensitive to THC  should look for a strain that combines these two ingredients in a way that would maximize their respective actions, while minimizing the high. 1:1 ratio medicinal strains are a great place to start for patients who want to maintain functionality throughout the day while higher THC strains could possibly work better for debilitating pain, provided they also contain some CBD which works in synergy with THC.

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Doheny, K. (2010). Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain, Research Shows. WebMD. Retrieved 18 February 2017, from

Silveira, J., Issy, A., Castania, V., Salmon, C., Nogueira-Barbosa, M., & Guimarães, F. et al. (2014). Protective Effects of Cannabidiol on Lesion-Induced Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. Plos ONE, 9(12), e113161.

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