I am curious to know if you have found success with indicas or sativas for your pain relief?
I've been a recreational user since 1981, and a medical user since 2016. I use cannabis to treat insomnia, general stress/anxiety, arthritis pain, and interestingly enough: congestion and seasonal allergies.
I have found that no single strain or product gives me more than a couple hours of arthritis pain relief. However, if I combine 30mg edible tincture CBD oil in the morning, with microdosing of whole flower after work, I can mute the knee-throbbing pain for almost a whole day.
I have also found that whole-flower cannabis gives me better analgesic and cognitive effects than solvent-extracted concentrates. I attribute this to terpene essential oils and the 'entourage' effect of whole flower.
After two years of experimenting, I hypothesize that my best pain relief effects come from:
1. CBD (Cannatonic
and Treasure Island
are my favorite whole flower CBD strains)
2. Ocimene terpene
(prevalent in OG Kush, Sour Diesel)
3. Guaiol terpene
(prevalent in Sour Diesel)
(prevalent in Death Star, Girl Scout Cookies, White Widow)
Here are some of the products from my medicine cabinet today:
(missing from the above photo is my beloved Cannatonic
flower. I am in the processing of restocking that)
(Granddaddy Purple isn't a pain relief strain for me, but it is one of my favorite calming and thoughtful strains for unwinding after work)
My recommendation for your pain relief quest:
-watch for the strains I've listed above; maybe there's one or two you haven't tried yet
-because you are a very experienced user, I recommend finding an Avidekel/Tikun Olam CBD tincture oil
. That stuff is loaded with terpenes because it is extracted by rosin press, not with solvents. Expect it to be 50% more expensive than the solvent-based oil competitors, but you are getting the full entourage benefits of whole flower with Tikun Olam oil.
-if you can find essential oils at your local drug store or grocery store, try adding Ocimene
to your food or herb. Beta-caryophyllene
is also available in essential oil, or you can eat a lot of black pepper and rosemary to get that third terpene.
I hope this helps!