Oh Those Aching Joints: Medical Marijuana for Treating Arthritis Pain

October 14, 2019

Most of us think of arthritis as a condition primarily affecting the elderly, but the truth is that among the 40 million arthritis-sufferers in the U.S., 35% of them are under the age of 65. This is a huge chunk of the population that, without the plague of arthritis, would be expected to have an active, pain-free life in front of them. It’s no wonder that arthritis is one of the top reasons that patients seek the relief provided by cannabis products.

With the dozens of strains available in any dispensary, which ones are the best for treating arthritis symptoms? We’ve taken a look around and we’ve found a few that come highly recommended for treating the discomfort that comes from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cannatonic – This hybrid strain is one of the most common in the U.S., and for good reason. When it comes to pain-relief, Cannatonic offers a high level of inflammation-fighting CBD (about 10 – 17%) and a relatively low level of THC (about 6%). The short-lived high won’t put you out of commission, allowing you to get up and enjoy the mobility that comes with relief from arthritis pain. This strain is so common that you should be able to walk into almost any dispensary and ask for it by name. If they don’t carry this specific variety, they’ll at least know what you’re talking about so you can find something with similar properties. 

Skywalker OG – Unlike Cannatonic, this indica-dominant strain offers much higher THC levels that usually land around 20% - 25%. It provides a relaxed high that many users report fading into a peaceful sleep. For this reason, it’s a popular choice for those looking to cope with chronic pain due to illness or injury. Arthritis users can expect relief from pain, but this strain may not support a great deal of activity while it’s being used. 

Harlequin – This strain is a descendant of Colombian Gold, Nepali Indica, Thai, and even Swiss strains. This hybridization has created a structure that offers a 5:2 ratio of CBD:THC. This sativa-dominant strain offers ample pain relief without a euphoric high, and unlike other high-CBD strains, the CBD:THC ratio seems to stay fairly consistent from plant to plant.

Canna Tsu – Another CBD-rich strain that offers a clear-headed experience paired with potent inflammation relief. If you want to stay active while still taking advantage of the pain-fighting qualities of medical marijuana, Canna Tsu could be exactly what you’re looking for.

There’s no reason that you should have to suffer the full effects of pain that arthritis inflicts on so many people. Smoked, vaporized, or prepared in edibles, certain strains of medical marijuana can help you enjoy a full life that’s not limited by chronic pain.

Give Elevate Holistics the chance to be a partner in your pain-relief and you’ll wonder why you ever did it any other way. Our network of medical professionals and premium dispensaries can help you permanently put your pain in the rear-view mirror. Get in touch with us now and get your life back!