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Best Cannabis Strains and Products for Chronic Pain Relief

can marijuana help my chronic pain?

One of the most common reasons that patients seek medical marijuana treatment is for chronic pain relief. Chronic pain is associated with a number of different medical conditions, making those affected suffer through even the most basic daily functions.

Whether it be inflammation, headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury, or fibromyalgia, cannabis has been successful in treating pain-related ailments. What works for one patient may not work for another. This depends on the type of pain, the intensity, the choice of strain or product, and the patient's individual physiology.

There might be some trial and error in the beginning stages, but our doctors will help you find relief that’s best for you!

South Carolina Marijuana Card is here for you! We are excited to help relieve your pain, and we will be the first to tell you when medical marijuana is officially legalized in the state. Check out our website to stay up to date with the latest news, and read our weekly blogs for more information. Reserve your appointment to be evaluated by a certified marijuana doctor as soon as you can!

What Cannabinoids Work Best for Chronic Pain Relief?

Generally speaking, cannabis strains with a high amount of both THC and CBD will be the most effective in treating pain. This is especially true for intractable pain conditions, including those associated with MS and cancer.

What Terpenes Work Best for Chronic Pain Relief?

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, and cannabis plants contain high concentrations of them. Here’s more information on different terpenes and their benefits.


Beta-Myrcene is the earthy aroma found in certain strains. Research has revealed that myrcene has anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting it can be used to treat some chronic pain conditions like migraines and arthritis.


Beta-Caryophyllene is the peppery aroma found in certain strains. There is extensive research that has shown beta-caryophyllene's pain killing properties.


Linalool is the floral aroma found in certain strains. It is believed that linalool's antioxidant properties can target the immune system and halt its inflammatory response.


Alpha-Pinene is the piney aroma found in certain strains. Studies have shown that pinene has anti-inflammatory potential.


D-Limonene is the citrusy aroma found in certain strains. Research has found that limonene is helpful for chronic pain relief, especially following surgeries.

What Strains to Use for Different Pain Conditions

Different strains may have a different effect depending on your specific pain conditions. Here are some strain recommendations for different conditions.

Generalized Pain:

• ACDC, or other high-CBD and high-THC strains.

• Blackberry Kush, or other heavy THC-dominant strains.

Inflammation and Arthritis:

• Harlequin, or other high-CBD strains.

• Blue Widow, or other strains with high levels of beta-caryophyllene.

Headaches and Migraines:

• Purple Arrow, or strains that balance heavy pain relief and uplifting euphoria.

• Blueberry Headband, or other Headband strains known for delivering focused headache relief.


• Redwood Kush, or a woody forest aroma strain with hefty amounts of THC.

• Dynamite, or high-THC strains.

Spinal Injury Pain:

• Cataract Kush, or other high potency strains.

• Afghani-based strains, or other high cannabinoid content strains.

What Cannabis Products Work Best for Chronic Pain?

Cannabis Tinctures and Edibles

Oral administration of marijuana, such as edibles, tinctures, and capsules, are effective in relieving chronic pain. Edibles provide long-lasting and intense relief, while tinctures are known to provide a similar level of relief while allowing for more control over dosing.

Oral cannabis products are a preferred option for patients who don't want to use the cannabis plant to get relief, and they are especially helpful for nighttime use. It is recommended to use edibles and tinctures containing both THC and CBD.

Vaping Cannabis

Using cannabis in a vaporizer will provide more immediate onset relief compared to other forms, however the relief will not last as long. Vaporization can be utilized for immediate relief but not necessarily long-term relief.

Cannabis Lotions and Patches

Topical cannabis, like lotions and patches, can relieve pain for up to two hours and sometimes longer. However, it is best used on localized pain areas, such as a joint or a nerve, and it should have high-THC levels and also some CBD.

Can Cannabis Help Me Stop Using Opioids?

As the United States continues to face the opioid crisis, it is important that patients are aware of their options. Cannabis can serve as a safe and natural treatment option for chronic pain and as an alternative from opioids. We can’t wait to see you and help you get the natural pain relief you deserve!


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Call us at (833) 781-6670, or simply reserve a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust!

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