Medical Cannabis Strain Review, Cannatonic, Champagne and Jack Herer

Bud from Blueberry Strain 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.




  1. I’m just here to comment on the fact that Jack Herer and champagne are in no way low THC strains.. the batches you got may have been poorly grown/or grown to have lower thc content – but both strains are strong and Jack herer was to be considered one of the strongest strains around when it came out..

  2. I also agree that cannabis is best when you have CBD and THC in the strain. I feel better from using a high THC Indica bud or tincture. It helps me sleep which helps my body to heal at night. I also have Fibromyalgia and this plant has been remarkable in keeping my pain at bay. It isn’t a cure all but it most certainly has been very effective in helping my pain level stay low. I don’t like sativas (except for Blue Dream ) because they make me feel anxious. Having a very painful condition will oftentimes bring on anxiety and I do much better without that. I also have post herpatic neuralgia from a serious bout of shingles. I had my first experience with shingles when I was only 45 yrs old. I didn’t know anything about it and I scratched at it and it became infected. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone! It’s very painful but also itches like crazy! I still have a big scar from that attack. Post herpatic neuralgia happens after the nerves are damaged and it’s another source of very serious pain. I find that using a high THC Indica bud with good levels of CBD too works best for me. It is very true that everyone is different! It took me awhile to figure this out. I have gone from using a lot of serious pain medications to using very little. My goal is to get off all pain meds. This is an excellent piece on cannabis and it’s ability to counteract pain.

  3. “…came on without too big of a high.”
    for Cannatonic THC 2% CBD +10%

    This is a suspect review. Also, THC doesn’t even work that great for pain. Its mostly popular because people are making up “reasons’ to get high.

    You should be eating CBDA/CBD/THCA. You will get much more pain and inflammation reduction.

    • I think some people are getting poorly grown high CBD strains I get a killer strain of Cannatonic from my dispensary in Denver. The nugs are lime green and like lava rocks. Killer smell and sticky super dense buds . Smoke it mixed with a higher THC bud to enhance overall effect. You will sleep like a baby. 💤💤💤😔
      Also a strain called Harlequin is a nice high CBD strain to use for pain and stress. Smoke it if you got it!

  4. In this area of use, ie; pain, inflammation, quieting down nerve neuron pain
    Just to add, high CBD is an excellent addition in inflammation/pain, but there must be a given amount of THC in the med. The THC acts as the catalyst compound of the plant that binds with the CBD’s to assist in producing what we now know as the “Entourage Effect”. You need both to be present. “Different strains for different folks” I look to the work done in Israel, which is beyond any ones imagination when it comes to the study of this plant and the areas of medical use. The above strains fit that area of use. A person just needs to find the right mix that best suits their lifestyle functions. I would say that with any CNS or PNS problems, the above would be the answer.
    In my situation the less Pharma meds, the better off I am. Gabapentin/Lyrica, Opioids, G.I meds etc. are not good long term for any CNS or PNS pain or inflammation, Gastro problems, as many can cause fluid retention and Hepa-toxicity, which in my case is not good. Be Well

    • Thanks for reading and posting! Gastro problems, liver problems – many people don’t understand the side effects of the drugs they take.

      • Like getting high.

        The bit about “needing” THC is nonsense. It can provide *some* benefits but is not necessary for most conditions, especially to the point of psychoactivity.

        • Thanks for your comments, Bongstar. I’m glad you like getting high. So do I, but not all the time. It is not my goal, but I do enjoy.

          Many experts believe THC is a powerful anti-inflmmatory, and as more research comes in, they appear to be onto something. The synergy of all the cannabinoids AND terpenes are suspect to bring relief and cure to many illnesses. More research is revealing more info everyday, and it’s about time.

          I’m sorry you feel my review is suspect, but suspect of what? I can only speak from my own experience. I have experienced Cannatonic from a different grower and found the high to be more than adequate, but that was a long time after the initial review. It’s too bad the strains aren’t a bit more consistent.

          Please keep in mind that my blog is for older adults with little or no experience of cannabis, and decades of misinformation that may scare them off the herb a little, or sometimes, a lot. On Christmas day I met a fellow who has been preparing tinctures for his sick dad, and after a year Dad is still very uncomfortable with any high at all.

          My experience is that strains with THC AND CBD give better relief than strains with no CBD at all, especially with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis pain. I can’t stress this enough – everyone is different, but that’s what works best for me from what is readily available. I am also experimenting with Turmeric and Ginger and abstinence of nightshade fruits. Can you give us all a source for the CBDA/CBD/THCA you speak of? I would welcome a guest post if you care to share!

        • I’m sorry, but from my experience and research THC helps, and there is nothing wrong with “chillin’ out”. That in itself has a whole lot of benefit for many, many people, especially folks who have been experiencing pain 24/7 for years and years.

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