Finding the right time to use cannabinoids for pain

Published Apr 27, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET
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When is the right time to use cannabis for its numerous medicinal benefits? The truth is that many struggles with this question, but when it comes to pain, most would be surprised to learn what the natural power of cannabinoids could do for them. It can work for so many different types of situations and pain-related symptoms, and here we’re going to go over a few of the most common ones.


Injuries can happen in the middle of a big game out on the field or simply slipping the wrong way in the bathtub. There are more severe injuries like those that are inflicted in car accidents and other tragic situations, and then there are those that just flare up for a few days. Some can continue to cause pain for months or even years, often caused by inflammation, and cannabinoids can help to ease a lot of this. It can work instantly to soothe the pain and long term by reducing inflammation.

Back pain

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported problems by adults today, and it can start for any number of reasons. Maybe you lifted something that you really shouldn’t have had help with, or you’ve torn something in the past that gives you a hard time when you work out. Either way, it’s a throbbing sensation that is generally caused by inflammation, and the pain can be debilitating. CBD can work to take down the swelling, which should reduce that throbbing pain, making it easier to walk around and partake in life.


We don’t quite fully understand all of the reasons behind why we get painful headaches or migraines, but they can come on swiftly, suddenly and without any warning, which can be a major downer when you’ve got plans or obligations to fulfill. They can keep you up all night and make you useless throughout the day. Though on rare occasions, some consumers say that smoking cannabis can bring on a headache, many use it in various forms to treat the onset of this incredibly common problem.


Ovulation pain will impact nearly all women at some point or another in life. It’s a cruel joke that mother nature seems to have left us to handle, so it only makes sense that the cure would also come from her. Cannabis can be smoked, vaped, or rubbed directly onto painful areas to alleviate ovulation pain, providing both long and short-term relief, plus it can improve mood which is always a bonus when your hormones are going in every direction but the one you want.

Nerve pain

This kind of pain can be caused by a variety of things including diabetes infections, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy, pinched nerves or physical trauma. Technically all pain is triggered through the nerves, but nerve pain often feels like a sharp stabbing or shooting sensation. It can happen frequently or come and go, making it hard to treat, but with careful dosing, many have found success and relief with the help of cannabis, be it through inhalation, edibles, or some form of extract.


Dosing in amounts at times that are safe

If you’re here, then chances are pretty good that you’re already experiencing some kind of pain that’s on this list, and if you aren’t, then you’re anticipating its arrival. The thing is that it’s important to remember safe dosing practices, which means things like avoid leaving the house until you’ve experimented and found the appropriate dose, and in most cases starting small, a move that could slightly delay relief but improve your chances of success and satisfaction overall with the treatment.

The benefits of a focus on CBD

As we’ve mentioned, CBD is the cannabinoid that is most known for its positive benefits for inflammation, a common sidekick to pain, which is why it’s a good idea to use strains that offer at least some of it. Of course, there are other influential cannabinoids, like CBG which is now showing to be just as if not more useful in the fight against pain. Unfortunately, lesser-known cannabinoids are more difficult to find and for the moment, they also come in lower concentrations, so if you focus on one thing other than THC it should always be CBD.

A few of the best Sativa strains for pain

These are some of the most effective pure and Sativa dominant hybrid strains that are widely used for their medicinal benefits that can help to relieve pain:

  • Jack Herer
  • Blue Dream
  • Mega Queso
  • French Cookies
  • Harlequin
  • Mandarin Cookies
  • The Wife

Some of the best Indica strains for pain

If you’re looking for a pure Indica or dominant hybrid, then this is the place to be because all of these are popular and, in some cases, even sensationalized due to their incredible history with patients who are combating pain.

  • Strawberry Banana
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Bruce Banner
  • Gorilla Glue
  • White Cookies
  • Lavender
  • Blackberry Kush
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