The risks of prescription painkillers are becoming increasingly known, and patients all over America are looking for fresh alternatives for chronic pain that doesn’t leave them riddled with side effects. It’s one of the most common ailments in the United States, and millions of people around the world are affected by chronic pain, but it’s now apparent that opiate-based meds are not the answer.
In 2016, more than 40,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Such opioid painkillers are highly addictive and life-threatening, with the strongest painkillers easy to overdose on. Cannabis can help people with chronic pain and maybe even those addicted to opioids. The herb is a safer alternative to drugs like Oxycontin and Tramadol, that’s for sure.
There are two cannabinoids in marijuana that play a huge role into making the plant the medicinal powerhouse that it is: CBD and THC. The former is non-psychoactive and loaded with medicinal and general health benefits. The latter is also a medicinal compound, although its psychoactive effects are off-putting for some, hence why many products we see nowadays are THC-free. Marijuana can help with several physical complaints, including swelling, muscle soreness, tension and inflammation. The cannabinoids play an essential role in the endocannabinoid system, which controls all kinds of mental and physical functions, including pain perception.
Chronic pain sufferers may be asking themselves whether CBD is more effective than THC, or if indica strains will deliver more relief than sativa strains? Ultimately, every person is unique and will be affected by cannabis in different ways. Both high-CBD and high-THC strains can be effective pain relievers. The body high administered by high-CBD, indica-dominant strains has a soothing effect, while high-THC strains do a great job in distracting the user from pain they may be feeling.
Some strains have better reputations than others, but cannabis companies are doing their utmost to ensure those with chronic pain get the perfect cannabis formula, by manufacturing specially-formulated vape pens. Here are 10 of the most popular vaporizers for tackling chronic pain.
1) Care By Design: 1:1
The clue is in the name: Care By Design – CBD. They have an extensive range of CBD vape oil products with a few different CBD to THC ratios, although for pain relief, the one-to-one pens are the most effective. The cannabis used by Care By Design is grown in Sonoma County, California, a part of the world renowned for cultivating world-class, organic marijuana.
2) Rēl: Goliath Relax
“Relax” is a potent indica-dominant pen from Rēl’s Goliath that administers maximum pain relief. The company acknowledges that medical users need that little bit more, so pack 2 grams of oil for patients and 1.25 grams for recreational users. Relax is also a good stress reliever and sleep promoter.
3) The Legion of Bloom: Re:lieve TerraPen
The Legion of Bloom has developed a range of TerraPens, all of which have a one-to-one ratio of CBD to THC, which is often seen as the gold standard for a medicinal strain. The Re:lieve pain is targeted at chronic pain patients and boasts a “therapeutic terpene profile.” You can be confident of getting high-quality cannabis with the Legion of Bloom, which sources its cannabis from organic farms which grow plants free of chemicals and pesticides.
4) dosist: Relief
Dosist used to be known as hmbldt – the change in name certainly hasn’t led to a change in quality, their pens are as good as ever. Dosist claims to offer users an “experience” with their pens, and Relief is the way to go if you’re looking for a pain-free experience. With a ratio of 2:1 THC to CBD, Relief produces a notable psychoactive high, while keeping the medical benefits of the CBD.
5) Wildflower: Aches
Wildflower manufacture all sorts of vape pens, but their CBD range is probably of most interest to chronic pain patients. “Aches” is a pen designed for fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients – the CBD is combined with mint, rosemary and essential oils to produce an enhanced analgesic effect. This pen contains no THC and is therefore suitable for daytime use and workplace medicating.
6) Seven Brand: Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, and Tahoe OG
The Girl Scout Cookies pen is perhaps Seven Brand’s best product for pain relief, but they have a comprehensive range to cater for all kinds of conditions. Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid is also effective for pain management and if you’re having trouble sleeping, then maybe a few draws on Tahoe OG are in order. This triumvirate of vape pens from Seven Brand are all excellent and worth trialling.
7) Happy Sticks: ACDC and Cannatonic
These vape pen cartridges are sourced from the Mecca of marijuana: California’s Emerald Triangle. Happy Sticks use Cannatonic and ACDC for their CBD products, which are awesome for pain relief. The ACDC pen has an eye-popping 20:1 CBD to THC ratio – at such levels, the THC might as well be non-psychoactive. The Cannatonic pen has a slightly more balanced mix, of roughly 3:1 CBD to THC. CBD levels sometimes reach 17 percent with this strain, while THC concentrations hover at around 6 percent. This profile makes for a mellow high, that’s relaxing without inducing too much drowsiness.
8) Eureka: Indica
Ramp up the THC with Eureka, a pen which consists of 94 percent of the famous psychoactive chemical. Eureka makes a few pens from indica, sativa and hybrid strains. Indicas are your best bet for pain relief – Northern Lights is a terrific starter pen.
9) Brass Knuckles: Tahoe OG, Blueberry and Gelato
If you best experience pain relief from THC strains, then you’ll love any of these vape pens from Brass Knuckles. The company makes cartridges from many strains for many ailments, but if you’re looking to treat pain, then indicas such as Tahoe OG and Blueberry – and a hybrid like Gelato – will suit you best. Tahoe OG gives a pungent, heavy, citrusy kick that lasts for several hours. Gelato is another tasty pen that brings fruity flavors to the fore. Blueberry has a stunning 90 percent THC concentration, which can deal with even the most severe pain.
10) Ionic: Pure
Go back to basics with Pure from Ionic. The first pen the brand ever produced, Pure is a single-use pen that’s one of the most potent on our list. This is because Ionic has triple refined the cannabis oil in this pen. If THC is your favorite tonic for pain, then be sure to give Pure a runout.
Have you used vape pens for pain relief or to treat another condition? How did you find the experience? Let us know by leaving a comment!