There are many things to despise about the Pharmaceutical Industry, but one of my latest pet peeves is their one-size-fits all mentality that we’ve all been forced into. They will never be able to touch the diversity of cannabis as medicine. There is so much to choose from now, (in locations where legal), and for people like me, researching first hand actually brings some fun into an otherwise dismal, pain wracked existence, and all with the medicinal benefits. Medical cannabis reviews have been helpful to me in guiding my research, so now I’m passing on my experience.
A conversation came up in another blog that inspired me to write this update to strain information I’ve already posted. I’m not going to list all the new strains that come my way since my last strain review – that would take forever. Instead I’ll concentrate on a few lower THC strains that have worked very well for pain management without getting me too stoned to function well. Cannatonic, Champagne and Jack Herer. Don’t get me wrong, these strains do have THC affects, but the high doesn’t last very long, while the pain relief is very sustaining – quite a few hours. This is perfect for me when I want to write, do my accounting, or get a long list of chores done.
To be fair and balanced, I must tell you that the picture used today on this post was another strain I came across this week, Blueberry, and I’ve only included it as a lure into reading my post. But isn’t it incredible looking? I’ve never seen anything like it. No photoshop – this is straight out of my iphone with nothing but cropping. The reviewed strains were nothing remarkable to look at. Onward.
Champagne – THC 13%, CBD 4%, Approximately 50/50 sativa/indica
This strain brought me long term relief, (4 hours or so), from all my aches and serious pains from inflammation and nerve issues. It started with a quick high very similar to Jack Herer (below), and then leveled out very quickly to where it was barely discernible as a high if at all, but definitely pain free. This strain enables me to get busy in areas such as web work, reading, writing, and accounting. It leaves you feeling pretty social, but also promotes concentration, focus and fine motor skills. What makes this strain a star in my life is the extended pain relief that lasts for 4 or more hours, which is superb! Flavor? Meh. Mediocre earthy taste. Nothing special.
Cannatonic – THC 2%, CBD 10-13%, indica dominant
The taste wasn’t anything to write home about with this one either. It didn’t taste bad or anything like that, just kind of flat. However, like the others mentioned in this post, the pain relief for both nerve pain and inflammation was above par and came on without too big of a high. I’d buy it again, because pain relief THIS good is hard to come by. It was fabulous for the fibro muscle/tissue pain, and that is huge. Don’t let the indica dominant indication fool you. Yes, it packs a fabulous, relaxing body high, but you mind is left clear as a bell.
Jack Herer – THC 17%, sativa dominant
I gave this a sort of “meh” rating on the first pass with a gift bud from California, but I gave Jack another try at the suggestion of a dispensary here in ABQ, and it was lovely. This NM grown Jack has a pleasant euphoric high in the first 30-45 minutes and it then levels out to a workable happy feeling with a lot of pain relief. Although it may have a THC content higher than the others listed in this post, upwards of 15%-17%, it’s overall psychoactive effect is mild compared to many sativa dominant strains I’ve tried. It’s effective to relieve inflammation and the pain that comes with it, but not as good as the CBD strains for nerve sourced pain like my fibromyalsia. It is a good, basic, general analgesic. It certainly tastes better than the others mentioned here. Very earthy and woodsy with a pleasant pine after taste.
Jack Herer, Cannatonic and Champagne all remind me of the marijuana of my youth; very social and not enough high to really disable you from doing anything at all. They are good go-to medicines. I am a firm believer now that all cannabis medicine should have THC AND CBD, and that’s my goal when I shop for medicine lately. Give my theory a try if you can, and make it your goal as well. See what kind of results you get. Remember – when the high wears off, ask yourself what your pain levels are like. With these strains I am pain free for hours. Your mileage may vary.