Top 5 Cannabis Strains For Pain Relief
Using cannabis for pain treatment is an individual process that involves finding a strain that fits patient and medical condition. Here is our Top 5 for pain relief.
Many cannabis users across the globe already discovered the therapeutic potential of cannabis. Especially medical varieties with high CBD levels received a lot of attention over the last few years and showed great results in treating a wide range of different health problems. The most common application for medical cannabis strains is treating pain in its various forms, including chronic pain. Talking about cannabis and its medicinal value is walking on a thin line between acknowledging the incredible results this plant showed in many cases and being realistic about its medicinal potential to avoid false or disproportionate expectations.
Royal Queen Seeds strongly believes in cannabis and its potential to treat certain diseases including pain, but we’re not in the position to give you specific medical advice. If you’re interested in CBD-rich varieties or medicinal cannabis in general but quite unsure on how to approach this field, your best option is to gather information from literature and the web or to consult a medical expert. It’s crucial to understand that treating diseases with cannabis is an individual process. Every cannabis strain has a distinctive chemical profile associated with certain effects, but a person’s perception of these effects is slightly different. Finding a perfect match between an individual, a specific health problem, and a medical cannabis strain is unfortunately still a trial-and-error process. This procedure involves sampling a couple of varieties and also experimenting with different modes of consumption. Take a look at Royal Queen Seeds’ selected range of CBD-rich medical strains and draw some inspiration from our Top 5 cannabis strains for pain relief.
• Respect 13 x Juanita la Lagrimosa
• Sativa-Dominant (75%)
• Flowering period: 8 weeks
It’s not surprising to see Painkiller XL in our Top 5 for pain relief. This variety was created by crossing Respect 13 with Juanita la Lagrimosa (eng. Juanita the Tearful) to obtain a plant that is sativa-dominant, resinous, and quick to reach full maturity. Painkiller XL is a good starting point for pain relief and has a balanced THC to CBD ratio of 1:1. Lab results showed 9% of THC and 9% of CBD. This near-equal distribution of THC and CBD became the industry standard for medical strains because a high CBD content, which is mainly responsible for providing a calming, physical effect, alleviates the cerebral high of THC. The sativa-dominance of Painkiller XL still shines through and delivers a mild, uplifting head high while high concentrations of CBD may decrease the perception of pain. Painkiller XL produces indoor yields of up to 500-550g/m² in 8 weeks of flowering.
• Respect 13 x Dancehall 24
• Sativa-Dominant (60%)
• Flowering period: 9 weeks
Royal Highness is closely related to Painkiller XL. Both strains share the genetics of Respect, which is a cross of Juanita La Lagrimosa and Cannalope Haze, an almost purebred Sativa. The second strain used for Royal Highness is Dancehall, a 60/40 sativa-dominant hybrid that is also based on the famous Juanita and well-known for promoting feelings of happiness. One could say that in direct comparison to Painkiller XL, Royal Highness leans more towards its Sativa heritage regarding effects, although the percentage of Sativa genetics is slightly lower. THC levels were tested at 14%, another indication for growers to expect a clear, active head high, which is also paired with a narcotic stone, but effects are not as balanced in comparison to Painkiller XL. When you experience health problems that include pain, it’s a good approach to try at least two CBD-rich medical strains - one with moderate THC levels (e.g. Painkiller XL) and one with a bit more THC potency (e.g. Royal Highness). This procedure would bring you one step closer to finding a strain that fits your individual needs. When Royal Highness is cultivated indoors, it yields up to 550-600g/m² in a flowering period of 9 weeks.
• Northern Light S1
• 100% Indica
• Flowering period: 7-8 weeks
Our Northern Light offers a slightly different approach to achieve pain relief. This strain is not particularly marketed as a medical strain with high CBD levels but valued among many medical cannabis users for providing a deeply relaxing, sedative stone that can relax muscles and battle insomnia. It’s one of the few fundamental breeding varieties and responsible for the creation of numerous highly-potent descendants. Northern Light is a purebred Indica and can be considered an option for pain therapy because it provides a very strong, Indica-like knockout stone. The average THC content is 18% and reflects the pure strength of this variety. Northern Light won’t be a good strain if you plan on much physical activity during the day but it’s one of the best options if you’re looking for a strain that gets you through the night. Additionally, it’s one of the best-yielding cannabis strains that exist. Indoor yields of up to 500-550g/m² are feasible in 7-8 weeks of flowering.
FAST EDDY AUTOMATIC
• Cheese x Juanita La Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
• Sativa-dominant autoflowering (50%)
• Flowering period: 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest
Now, things are getting exciting for all of us. Royal Queen Seeds has just released two new CBD-rich strains; both of them carry the autoflowering trait and almost guarantee a stress-free growing experience and quick harvests of medically effective cannabis. Fast Eddy Automatic is already a legend among the RQS team, and we’re more than proud to release this strain to the general public. This time, we decided to go with Cheese genetics and crossed them with Juanita la Lagrimosa, and later, with Ruderalis. We chose Cheese for a number of reasons but mainly because we thought that its comfortable body buzz would harmonize great with Juanita la Lagrimosa. Well, luckily it does. Not only a soothing high due to high CBD levels characterizes this strain but also a flavour profile to fall in love with, and moderate THC levels of 9%. Fast Eddy Automatic offers a light, functional, and delicious day-time smoke that allows you to stay clear-headed yet physically medicated. This strain flowers rapidly and produces indoor yields of up to 450g/m² in as little as 8-9 weeks from seed. You’re uncertain if CBD-rich cannabis is right for you? Here’s Fast Eddy Automatic - you’ll find out in about two months.
STRESS KILLER AUTOMATIC
• Lemon Haze x Juanita La Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
• Sativa-dominant autoflowering (60%)
• Flowering period: 10-11 weeks from seed to harvest
Stress Killer Automatic is the second autoflowering CBD-rich strain that we recently released. It’s highly suitable for cannabis users seeking a very focused, clear, and uplifting head high in combination with the potent CBD content of Juanita la Lagrimosa. Lemon Haze is responsible for giving Stress Killer its sharp lemon flavours, and effects that will lift your spirits, giving you a break from the troubles that life throws at us. THC levels are still moderate with 11%, but they’re certainly high enough to kill stress. This strain will be an excellent choice for daytime consumption when maintaining focus is unavoidable to fulfill your daily duties. At the same time, the high CBD content of Juanita la Lagrimosa provides soothing effects, and might reduce pain if you’re experiencing it. Stress Killer Automatic is not only an option for pain management, but it can also be a good choice for recreational users that are interested in CBD-rich varieties for stress reduction, which is never the wrong approach to achieve good health. Indoor yields of up to 450-500g/m² are the result of a 10-11 week life cycle.