You keep Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, and the likes sitting around for whenever the need arises, but what about cannabis? Countless strains have been shown to provide relief from common complaints like pain, nausea, insomnia, migraines, and fatigue. Here are five versatile strains to ask your budtender about stocking your medicine cabinet with.
Freaking Out? Harlequin
What makes the sativa-dominant Harlequin unique is its 5:2 ratio of CBD (cannabidiol) to THC. The high-CBD content of the strain allows for relief from pain and moreover, the balance of it is a great reliever of anxiety.
“Without a doubt, what draws crowds to Harlequin is its ability to relax without sedation and to relieve without intoxication,” Leafly explains.
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Harlequin is a great choice to keep around the house for those not looking to feel “high” and instead simply want to reap the mellowing and pain-relieving benefits of cannabis.
Headache? Blue Dream
The name “Blue Dream” was on everyone’s mind so much so that it became the #1 selling strain of 2015 in both Colorado and Washington. It’s been called the “Bayer aspirin of bud,” with fans of the strain touting relief from headaches, depression, fatigue, and more.
And if that wasn’t enough, Blue Dream is also the go-to choice for many creatives when they need to kickstart their artistic juices.
Tummy Upset? Platinum OG
The indica-dominant Platinum OG isn’t a strain to be taken lightly—keep this one around for the times that you need something a little stronger.
Platinum OG has been known to provide relief from nausea by offering a deep body relaxation and even serve as an appetite stimulant. Likewise, for many who have used the strain, the deep body relaxation is a great match for insomnia, putting them right to sleep.
Additionally, the strain has shown properties that offer pain relief among other medicinal properties.
Chronic Pain? Cannatonic
Like Harlequin, Cannatonic is unique for its ratio of pain relieving to psychoactive effect, but this one is much closer to 1:1 depending on the specific strain. The resulting effects are ideal for some, but a bit of a bust for others—you’ll skip out on most of the psychoactive “high” and go straight to the medicinal goodness.
For those who suffer from chronic pain like arthritis or other inflammatory diseases and need relief before starting their day, Cannatonic can be the perfect choice. Moreover, the strain has also been reported to help with symptoms of migraines and muscle spasms.
Stress? Use A-Train
Some strains you keep around for their physical relief properties and others you keep around for their mental relief properties … like A-Train. The classic hybrid is a total stress-melter that wipes away even the worst of days.
It’s a great one to share with a friend, too. Consider keeping some stashed away for when you need to get out of that funk with some serious laughter.