A huge number of medical marijuana patients start off by wondering: what are the best cannabis strains for pain?

Considering that pain — as a symptom of everything from cancer to MS or fibromyalgia — is one of the most common ailments around, it’s awesome that cannabis can offer patients some relief.

But it’s not always easy to tell which strains will treat what symptoms. Fortunately, that’s why we’re here: to help guide you to the right medication for you.

Without further ado, here’s our roundup of the best cannabis strains for pain.

Strawberry Cough

I still remember the first time I tried this strain. “It’ll taste like strawberries when you cough!” crowed my best friend, who had just started college at UC Santa Cruz.

Not only was she right, but the strain also killed the migraine headache I was fighting. As a sativa, Strawberry Cough does a great job of keeping you awake and productive while effectively reducing any pain you’re experiencing.

It can be found at many clubs around the country — just keep an eye out.

Maui Wowie

A total classic, Maui Wowie (some people spell it “Waui”) will take a load off your brain — and your back. It tastes of pineapple and the pain relief it provides will make you feel like you’re in Hawaii, which is where it was born and raised.

It’s a sativa that’s said to leave its users with lots of energy and creativity. As one Leafly user put it, “It feels like being in a kangaroo’s pouch while it’s jumping.” Well said.


From its name alone, I bet you know how Trainwreck’s gonna treat you.

High in THC, Trainwreck — a hybrid strain bred from Afghani indicas and Mexican/Thai sativas — makes patients feel, above all, euphoric and uplifted. It might even be one of the best highs you ever experience.


When I smoke Headband, I feel like I’m wearing a magical device that spews painkillers (and stresskillers) into my system willy-nilly. In a word, it’s awesome.

Sorta like Geordi's, only his just lets him see.

Sorta like Geordi’s, only his just lets him see.

Bred from OG Kush and Sour Diesel, Headband is definitely the real deal. Its effects don’t hit fast, so be aware of how much you smoke — it could hit you all at once, making you feel like you’re in a glorious Trainwreck.

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One Response

  1. mark

    Love this series. I have severe back pain and find that Trainwreck is a lifesaver!


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