8 of the Best Cannabis Strains for Arthritis Pain Relief

Words by Jack Greener
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Arthritis is a serious and common disability, which causes severe chronic pain in the joints of the people, affected by it. Arthritis is actually the most common disability experienced by senior citizens worldwide.

Pharmaceutical pain killers are a common solution used by many people to numb the pain, but these pain killers are only a temporary solution, and their side effects can be very bad for the natural immune system of our body. Another common solution is using braces, these braces can help to some extent, but they are a hassle to put on every day, and still the pain relief is not sufficient.

In the last decade or so, a lot of research has been done in the medicinal uses of marijuana. Studies have discovered cannabis to be a very effective natural pain killer. Apart from relieving chronic pain, cannabis also has numerous other benefits. In light of these benefits, the medicinal use of marijuana has been legalized in many American states and Canada. It is very easy to get a hold of the best cannabis strains these days, and it is an amazing natural alternative to side effect, inducing pharmaceutical pain killers.

So, if you are planning to give it a try, here is a list of some of the most common and effective strains of cannabis for pain relief.

Blue Widow

Blue Widow is a very popular, effective, and crowd-favorite strain that has both uplifting and soothing effects on the consumers. The Blue widow strain is slightly indica-dominant, and this hybrid is created by the combination of Blueberry and White widow strains. The flowers of Blue widow have a strong sweet aroma, similar to that of citrus and pine. Pain relief is the most common and prominent medical benefit of Blue widow, but it also has many other medical benefits such as stress and anxiety relief, countering insomnia, and countering depression, which make the strain the favorite among medicinal users.

Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout Cookies strain, or as it is more commonly called, GSC, is a very popular and super effective strain. GSC is a California native hybrid strain, which is created by crossing OG Kush and Durban Poison. This amazing strain has a deep earthy and sweet aroma with a quite high THC content. The high ratio of THC in this hybrid makes it very effective for a chronic pain, and it also induces an amazing feeling of euphoria and relaxation. GSC is also very effective in treating nausea and appetite loss.


Cannatonic is a very popular hybrid strain with Spanish origins. It is created by crossing MK Ultra and G13 Haze. The Cannatonic cannabis strain is popular for its significantly low THC content, which comes in at about 6%. Cannatonic has a high CBD content, around 17%, which makes it a perfect strain for pain relief. The low THC content contributes to create a relatively short-lived and mellow high, while the high CBD content gives long-lasting pain relief, while decreasing inflammation as well.


The ACDC strain is an extremely effective and super strong strain, which can blow away even the most severe chronic pain. This amazing sativa dominant cannabis strain is extracted from the Cannatonic cannabis strain, and it is also similar to its ancestor, have a low THC and high CBD content. The low THC creates an easy-going and mellow high, which lasts for a short time, while the high CBD content deals with the pain, and provides long-lasting relief.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D, is an amazing and invigorating cannabis strain, which gets its name from its pungent aroma, similar to the aroma of diesel. Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant strain, which is created by the cross-breeding of Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk.

Sour D is a very fast-acting and energizing strain, which delivers amazing and dreamy cerebral effects. This amazing energizing effect, combined with the amazing medical benefits, has given Sour D a legendary status. Chronic pain caused by arthritis, does not stand any chance against the strong painkilling effects of Sour D. Sour D is also commonly used to treat stress and depression.

Purple Space Cookies

“Purple space cookies” is also a hybrid strain, which is a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Durban Poison. This amazing strain has very dense buds that are full of crystals. The strain gets its name from its appearance. “Purple Space Cookies” has purple flowers with a sweet grape-like smell. This sativa dominant hybrid has a lot of medicinal benefits, among which, pain relief is very common. “Purple space cookies” is actually one of the best strains of cannabis for killing pain and inflammation.

Canna Tsu

The Canna Tsu Cannabis Strain is very common in the medical marijuana community, as it is a highly CBD dominant strain. The high ratio of CBD makes this strain perfect to combat joint pain and inflammation.  The high CBD ratio in The Canna Tsu Cannabis Strain will knock out any kind of pain, and its low THC content makes sure that you can go about your day, without getting stuck to the couch. The high of this strain is very short-lived, which makes it perfect for the people, who need to stay focused and active.


Harlequin is a very popular sativa-dominant cannabis strain with a high CBD content. This strain descends from Colombian Gold, and Thai, and Swiss landrace strains. The Harlequin strain has very clear-headed effects because of CBD dominance. The CBD to THC ration of this strain is usually 5:2, which makes it perfect for treating chronic pain and arthritis.

This strain also has an amazing earthy and sweet flavor, but the main thing that makes harlequin one of the most popular strains of cannabis, is its heightened medical benefits, without any sedation, intoxication, or long term psychoactive effects. Apart from relieving pain, this amazing strain is also perfect for treating anxiety and stress.

About the Author:

Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/category/the-green-ace-blog/.