Chronic pain is much more than a physical condition. It affects people mentally, spiritually, financially, and emotionally. That is why many pain patients have co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care.
Fortunately, cannabis, edibles and now magic mushrooms are a way we can treat chronic pain naturally. It’s effective, safe, and non-addictive. It also has many healing properties, such as reducing neuropathic pain and inflammation. Which is more effective? Read on to get our take below on the most effective way to treat chronic pain naturally.
Chronic Pain vs Acute Pain
Chronic pain is persistent pain for more than three months. This pain could be continuous or may come and go.
Acute pain occurs in response to an injury or disease, and resolves when the injury or disease resolves. Sometimes an injury or disease may cause changes in the body that leave a person more susceptible to pain. These changes can be long-lasting, resulting in chronic pain. Chronic pain may be caused by inflammation or dysfunctional or damaged nerves.
Common conditions and diseases associated with chronic pain include:
- Headaches & migraines
- Fibromyalgia & muscle pain
- Pain associated with Lyme Disease
- Pain associated with injuries that have healed but left ongoing nerve damage.
Traditional Treatments for Chronic Pain
Traditional treatments for chronic pain are acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications. Common medications include anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, muscle relaxers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Tylenol/paracetamol and opioids/narcotics.
The problem with tradtional treatments is that most medicated pain releif can be addictive. For many people pain releif is a gateway drug that leads to every larger doses for any effect, and long term difficulty moving away from them.
In contrast, natural forms of pain relief – like cannabis or shroom products – offer similar effectiveness without the addictive properties. Plus they are natural!
For site-specific pain, we love topical pain creams like our full spectrum CBD pain relief cream by Cream of the Crop. Just rub it on the effected area and feel the relief almost instantly. See more about this in Part 2.
These cannabis strains are some of the best we know to help relieve the symptoms of chronic pain.
1) Unicorn Poop
Unicorn Poop is an evenly balanced hybrid strain (50% indica/50% sativa) created through crossing the delicious GMO X Sophisticated Lady strains.
Don’t let the name of this bud scare you off – Unicorn Poop actually packs a super delicious flavor! This bud has a taste of sweet yet sour citrusy fruits with hints of freshly ripened berries and a touch of earthiness. The aroma is very similar, with a fruity berry overtone accented by spicy diesel, sour citrus and fresh earthy herbs.
The Unicorn Poop high is just as delightful, with a euphoric overtone that will leave both mind and body flying high for hours on end. You’ll feel your mood almost instantly boosted as you’re infused with a sense of pure happiness and ease that’s filled with giggly laughter and sociability. A soothing body high accompanies this heady state, helping you to relax with an almost weightless sense that won’t tie you down to the couch.
In combination with its super high 23-24% average THC level, these effects make Unicorn Poop a great choice for treating conditions such as chronic stress or anxiety, mood swings, depression and chronic pain. This bud has long and dense grape-shaped dark forest green nugs with lots of furry amber hairs and a coating of tiny, amber-tinted white crystal trichomes coated with sweet sticky resin.
2) Black Gas
Black gas is an indica dominant hybrid strain (70% indica/30% sativa) created through crossing the iconic The Black X Gas Mask strains. This celebrity child boasts a super soothing high that will have your mind lifted and your body fading into nonexistence in no time at all.
You’ll feel the heady effects hit you first, slowly filling your brain like an expansive gas, pushing out any negative thoughts and replacing them with a happy sense of light-as-air calm and ease. A soothing body high comes next, washing over your entire being and leaving you feeling fully calm from head to toe. This physical sense quickly turns heavy, dropping you into a state of pure couchlock and heavy physical sedation.
Combined with its high 16-19% average THC level, these effects make Black Gas a great choice for treating those suffering from conditions such as chronic pain, depression, chronic stress or anxiety, arthritis and muscle spasms or cramps. This bud has a spicy and flowery peppery diesel flavor with a lightly earthy exhale. The aroma is much like a pine forest after the rain, with a pungent earthy aroma accented by woody pine and a touch of spicy diesel. Black Gas buds have dense grape-shaped emerald green nugs with dark purple undertones, lots of thin orange hairs and a coating of chunky, dark-purple tinted white crystal trichomes.
Death Pink is a rare 100% pure indica hybrid strain created through crossing the potent Death Star with the classic Blood Rose. This bud definitely gets its name from its appearance – each dense heavy little nugget is olive green in color with notable pinkish undertones! Long milky amber hairs and clear crystal trichomes deck each and every leaf of these little nuggets, looking almost pink as well in the right lighting. As you break apart each frosty little nug, aromas of fresh diesel and earthy spice are released. Each delicious inhale brings spicy cinnamon and berries with a kick of earthy diesel the savory exhale.
Death Pink high comes soon after your final toke, creeping up on you before taking ahold of both mind and body with brute force. This effect quickly turns stoney, dropping you into a super sleepy and relaxing state that leaves you couch-locked and completely immovable. This effect often ends in sleep, especially if you’re not used to its high potency. Thanks to these effects and its high 12-23% average THC level, Death Pink is the perfect choice to treat conditions such as chronic pain, depression, chronic fatigue, muscle spasms, and insomnia.
Bubba OG CBD levels are low in this indica-dominant hybrid (20:80 sativa/indica ratio), about 0.4%, so Bubba OG isn’t ideal for patients who need that chemical. But THC levels are very high, topping 22% and possibly even 25%. That makes for a lazy, potent body high that reduces stress, sparks hunger, and encourages sleep. Those body effects make Bubba OG great for treating lack of appetite, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety, as well as headaches and depression.
Dry mouth is a fairly common side effect, as are red eyes, but most other negatives are rare. This strain has a strong, pungent earthy flavor with a floral aroma. It’s not exactly clear how Bubba OG came to be, though it almost certainly owes some of its genes to the original OG Kush, a supremely powerful sativa-dominant hybrid that’s popular almost everywhere. Bubba OG, by contrast, is usually found in California (home of OG Kush), Arizona, Colorado, and British Columbia. It occasionally appears on the black market, but it generally isn’t as sought after as some of its Kush cousins. Still, it’s a favorite of many medical users.
5. Death Bubba.
Death Bubba is an indica dominant hybrid (70% indica/30% sativa) strain created as a descendant of the hugely popular Bubba Kush strain. This dank bud boasts an insanely high THC level that ranges between 25-27% and effects that can end in an almost death-like sleep.
Almost immediately after smoking, you’ll feel a wave of rushing focused energy wash over you that leaves you uplifted and motivated with tendencies towards having psychoactive experiences. As the high continues, you’ll be eased into a state of utter relaxation with deep introspection and spaciness that can cause you to become distant in social situations. Upon the comedown from the high, Death Bubba pulls you into a deep and peaceful undisturbed sleep that lasts for hours on end, giving you the appearance of being unwakeable.
Death Bubba has an aroma of musky earthy pine and a taste of spicy lemon pine with a hint of pungent earth upon exhale. This bud has medium-sized dark forest green nugs with rich purple undertones and a spattering of fiery orange hairs. Each nug is completely covered with dark olive green leaves that are almost furry and have a thick layer of frosty sandy white trichomes.
Not sure what strain works? We understand, that’s why we have our Mix & Match, and Blow Out sales. You can try out several strains and get an amazing deal in the process. We offer same day delivery in Kitchener Waterloo, and free shipping in other parts of Canada.
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Edibles also offer a potent way to treat pain.
They are both pleasurable to consume and provide long-lasting effects.
There are numerous benefits to using edibles for pain relief. Edibles provide powerful pain relief that lasts much longer than other ways of consuming cannabis.
Edibles can have CBD, THC, or both. It is important to read the product description and know how to dose edibles. Too much of a delicious treat can leave people feeling uncomfortable or send you to bed before supper. To avoid that situation start slow and work your way up.
One of our favorite brands and are the SeC Edibles. If you want a smaller dosage to test the waters the SeC BC Pineapples are a great choice with 2 × 50 mg of thc gummies in each package.
But if this isn’t your first time, and know you want something stronger try the SeC Butterfly High at 400 mg of THC. For moments of extreme pain, and if you want to try one of the strongest ones on the market, try the SeC Heartbreaker at 1500 mg of thc in this heavy hitting game changing edible.
What if ingesting THC for pain releif doesn’t interest you?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the definitive guide to natural pain management where we discuss the positive effects of Psylocybin and CBD products to help you control pain.