Top 10 Cannabis Hybrids for Daytime Pain Relief

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Cannabis is such a powerful medicine, especially when it comes to relieving pain and inflammation. It is proven that the right cannabis strains can remove pain, unfortunately a lot of those strains can cause lethargy and even some semi-narcoleptic sleeping habits. There are some key strains for those dealing with all day muscle or joint pain. Everyone is different so not every strain on this list will be pain relieving for you or available for your mind during the day.

That is precisely why I artfully crafted 10 of the hybrid strains that do the job for me, but I hope that you try them after a day’s work your first time in order to assess their specific effects on you. Also, each batch of a strain is different. For example, sometimes a batch of Blueberry Cough comes out that just blows my mind and makes my brain flip backwards. For that reason please always try a new strain out when you have nothing to do for an hour or so and can just settle into the effects that it may have.

With a proper knowledge of these strains it is possible that those on heavy pain management systems can cut their opiod intake and live off of natural products. This will drastically improve your healthy and help you feel more… yourself. If challenging a strict pain management pill regimen is a goal of yours I’d also recommend CBD tincture supplements along with medicating with cannabis through other methods.

This beautiful little strain was originally grown in Santa Cruz and was one of the first hybrids that I had ever heard about that was about 50/50. Now with epic hydro grows everywhere this strain can be up to 80% Sativa, it all depends on the grow/er. What I love about Blue Dream is that it helps you maintain focus while also dissipating muscle tension and joint pain. The strain will grow in pointy little pine trees that are bright green with undertones of blues. It is a great fit for anyone suffering with pain all day but can’t handle Indica strains at all with out feeling lethargic.

  • God’s Gift [GDP x OG Kush]

I can never find God’s Gift anymore but oh jeez, this was truly named correctly. The combination of Grand Daddy Purple’s legendary pain relieving power and OG Kush’s mellow sativa dominant, airy joy is utterly divine. Enjoy feeling lifted mentally so that the psychosomatic pain is no worry, original OG Kush can create a complete void of anxiety. Layered on top of that wonderful effect is the knockout power of GDP which can make a patient fall asleep but in the case of God’s Gift it won’t because of the back genetics of OG. Definitely try this strain at home in a comfortable setting before trying to function at work, after all effects can all be different.

With the back genetics of White Widow and Haze you wouldn’t think that Moby would deliver the kind of pain relief, but it most certainly does. I think some of the relief from chronic aches and pains in this strain in psycho semantic from all of the happy joy that comes bubbling off of you after medicating with Moby Dick cannabis. It is ideal for those dealing with anxiety and/or depression. The most fabulous of side effects is thanks to the high CBD content. While making you feel so genuinely happy to be alive, Moby Dick will also relieve pain and make your body feel bright and airy. The perfect strain for when you’re dealing with menstrual pain, PMS and cramps.

I hadn’t ever seen this cannabis hybrid until I came to Arizona, when I met her it was love at first sight. A grower that worked at the dispensary I was hired at had created the strain from two seeds. Blueberry Cough ellipses the mind in a decadent layered high, it is truly rich in flavor and it dissipates pain on even the worst of days for me. The Strawberry Cough genetic keeps you just shy of a full on Indica Blueberry brain and just cognitive enough to keep it together during the work day. Blueberry Cough rides the line of the epic pain relief hybrid that is both stimulating and relaxing, like a cup of lavender peppermint tea.

After the famous movie this is a much sought after strain, and I think the movie depicted the devil may care attitude that Pineapple Express most certainly will evoke. Train wreck keeps the mind right, active and alert; perfect for work. Hawaiian genetics are what relieve the pain, together they make what was once an all out painful day livable. Still feel motivated and ready to get some stuff done but no longer worry about those tight shoulders or that ankle that has been hurting lately.

  • Cookie Monster [OG Kush x Girl Scout Cookies]

Omnomnomnom. I haven’t had any Cookie Monster since I moved from the Bay in 2013 but I can seriously remember it like it was yesterday. Oh jeez, it is delightful. The buds are big, beautiful balls of joy that smell like a cookie baked just for you by mother earth herself. This is definitely one of the heavier ones on the list, the Indica of the two back genetics is far stronger than the sativa. What is so noteworthy about Cookie Monster is the complete body buzz and muscle tension relief that is imminent when medicating with it. As a high tolerance patient I was able to medicate with this one during the day but that is not the case for everyone, always test new strains out in the comfort of your home.

  • Harlequin [Colombian Gold x Thai x Swiss Sativa]

Harlequin is a very special strain because it’s a CBD rich option that has very little to no THC. That means that there is no psychoactive effect, in fact you’ll barely feel “high”. You will, however, have an amazing release from inflammation which will create substantial pain relief. With these strains, you could take an entire joint to the face and not have any brain jumbling or lethargy. If you do want a small bit of psychoactive effects I’d suggest topping a bowl with some kief or hash. When you first medicate with Harlequin it will be more obvious when the effects wear off than when they take effect. Be patient and observant, CBD strains are the most medicinal of all cannabis to the mainstream. They’re the gateway to legalization so it’s time to get on board.

Enjoy Pineapple Queen on those days that you just simply can’t, just. can. not. It hits heavy and takes the  edge off of what otherwise would have been a tense day. On the hybrid spectrum PineQueen is a bit more Indica dominant so it’s another that can be too heavy for some during the day. Bliss and relief overcome you after medicating with the earthy sweet cannabis hybrid. It is also an ideal strain for the connoisseur because generally buds grow dense and just packed with trichomes. Pineapple Queen is one of my favorites and most of that is due to the release that it gives my muscles and joints.

  • Cataract Kush [LA Confidential x OG Kush]

One of those strains that is named for the ailments that it cures, Cataract Kush gives just that, release from the inflammation that makes cataracts such a pain. Similarly it releases all inflammation and makes your arms and legs feel as if they’re floating on air. It won’t be the most showy bud but Cataract Kush will deliver the most delightful effect, even when it isn’t cured properly. Don’t worry about being too overwhelmed, Cataract is a gentle strain and won’t overwhelm even a newb patient.

  • Sour Kush / Headband [OG Kush x Sour Diesel]

Last but not least, Sour Kush also known as Headband. I’d call this the most controversial on the list because when I’ve had the strain known as Sour Kush it relieves my pain while keeping my mind sharp. But when I have had Headband I always feel a big out of control with my anxiety and mouth with no pain relief, much like a full Sativa makes me feel. Maybe it is simply the power of suggestion, I”m not sure, either way it is worth a try. Sour Kush pulls my energy down from my shoulders to mellow my entire body, amazing. Sour Diesel genetics allow the medication to bring a clear mind while relieving pain.

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Skywalker OG Strain Review

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[Skywalker x OG Kush][Indica]

Usually with strain reviews I prefer to sit with the laptop in front of me, take a bong rip and write the post backwards from there. That process wasn’t really possible with Skywalker OG. I sat staring at my computer only able to take rudimentary notes on the way that the strain was effecting me, other than that I went into zombie mode. This is that classic Indica feeling and I can’t get enough, but you must remember to save this strain for the appropriate times. Don’t medicate with this one until you’ve accomplished your chores and goals for the day, it will suck the motivation right out of you.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

This is a pungent strain whose aroma hits you right in the face with a musky spiced clove with hints of lime. The spiciness is the immediate smell but the finish becomes sweet with just a hint of citrus. Bud structure will be that familiar pine tree shape with pointed tips, fairly dense but not like a rock. It will be dark, forest green with small bits of dark black purple with bright orange yellow pistils throughout. These buds won’t stick to the lid of the jar or sound like  rock when they hit the table because they’re so dense, but they are quality and the effects can take you out.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately after hitting the bong feel relaxation in the jaw and delicate tendons throughout that migraine causing area of the head. As the effect continue the relaxation moves to the mind and then disperses both to the ocular system and down the spine. Full body relaxation and complete stress relief will take hold within 10-15 minutes of medicating depending on mode of medication. This is definitely a mouth breather strain, the kind that you’d smoke in college with your buddies and then watch 4 hours of How It’s Made before realizing how hungry you were. The dry mouth and red  eye are also very real here, get some water and some eye drops. Oh, yeah, beware dieting ladies. This is a munchie strain, you will poke your head in the fridge and the pantry multiple times. Try this strain to combat anorexia, stress, chronic pain, migraines, lockjaw, anxiety attacks and insomnia. Don’t attempt this strain before work or operating heavy machinery.

 

Acapulco Gold Cannabis Strain Review

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[Mexican Landrace Sativa]

Smelling a strain is important. Whenever I had a patient at the dispensary that was unsure about a strain I would just tell them, “Your nose knows.” and I’d raise the jar to their face and have them choose only with the smell and not their rational thinking. Acapulco Gold is one of those strains that would sell to any patient despite their personal preferences because of the utterly seductive aroma it emits. Pair this delicious Sativa strain with a cup of coffee in the late morning for a productive and blissful afternoon. This is also a strain name that popped up a lot with old timer stoners at the dispensaries. If these beloved patients ever listed off the strains from the “good old days” for me Acapulco Gold would be thrown in there.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

Once the jar is open you will truly become overcome with the aroma of sharp sandalwood embedded with sweet saffron. It is immense, and it is one of those scents that embodies the sativa aroma and engulfs a room when you open the jar or bag. The fat & chunky buds grow in a bulbous structure. They’re generally semi-dense and appear in a rich dark green hue with some light green notes. The taste is rich and vibrant that is quite reminiscent of the aroma but with a nutty almost almond aftertaste.

What Are The Effects? 

At first, your mind will wander. It will wander off to weird crevices that you didn’t know existed in your own realm of thought. But then! Then something fantastic happens, all of that creative energy that has sent your thoughts ablaze comes to a fine point. Every time I’ve medicated with Acapulco Gold I’ve become a woman of words. I have finally opened up my floodgates to write poetry, I find streams of immense work flow from my fingers to the laptop and I feel …simply put… lighter. In every sense, Acapulco Gold will alleviate dark feelings and emotions, it will help you to put aside the gloom and just be. Don’t expect too much pain relief from this one, I’d supplement with CBD tincture or mix with a good Indica if you deal with pain. Also don’t worry about munchies, this isn’t Girl Scout Cookies, you won’t have any horrible need to eat half a pie (last night got weird) when medicating with Acapulco Gold.

Gorilla Glue for Deep Introspection

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[80% Sativa][Sour Dubb x Chem Sister]

Once in awhile a strain comes around that absolutely blows my mind, and trust me after 5 years working in the medical cannabis industry this is truly rare. Joesy Whales accidentally created this strain when a Sour Dubb plant got a little to handsy with Chem Sister in his grow room, so I guess that we can thank the universe for this happy accident. Although it is a Sativa and Chem based, I don’t get headaches or anxiety from this heavy hitter. If you’re sensitive to Sativa strains I would take a long, relaxed look at Gorilla Glue.

Not since I lived in San Francisco have I been so pleasantly surprised by the well roundedness and sheer audacity of strain as I have been with the Gorilla Glue that I’m slowly parcelling out right now. We put a small nug on the top of the jar it was in and it actually stayed stuck there even when the jar was turned upside down. Sticky, stanky and transcendental; everything I look for in a cannabis strain.

How Does It Hit The Senses? 

The Gorilla Glue bud structure can only be described as turd like, you know those strains, don’t make that face at me. The buds are longer and reaching but still have that thick bulbous body with a dense compaction of calyxes. Rolling dark green and white green combine to make the buds almost seem to hold a green white sheen. That sheen is also probably due to the epic trichome seas that are washed over the entire bud. In fact the strain gets it’s name from how the trichs “glue” up the trimmer’s scissors after curing. Their aroma is absolutely breathtaking. The aroma overwhelms the senses with a strong lemon citrus that finishes with the tiniest hint of mint, much like Durban Poison but with more lemon than pine. As you inhale the vapor or smoke from Gorilla Glue the taste buds are enlivened with a rich chocolate flavor that finishes with the unmatchable diesel aftermath just lingering around as the effects come into play. If you are attempting to grow Gorilla Glue be patient you’ll get a moderate yield after 9-10 weeks.

What are the Effects?

Immediately after inhalation you’ll feel the ocular and brain systems dissipate any pressure that you may been holding onto. Unlike a lot of strains that I feel drizzle down my spine to deliver their pain relief, this one slides into the heart space to release shoulder tension and lighten the hearts connection to the mind. Feel relief from depression and anxiety as worries seem to just melt away within minutes of medicating. As the effects kick in you will certainly maintain your mental faculties, although I tend to get lost within them so I don’t recommend driving or handling any heavy machinery before medicating with Gorilla Glue. This is where the introspection comes into play, Oh Man. I’ve had writers block, I’ve been feeling hopeless about many of my career plays recently and I’ve been downright lazy; Gorilla Glue changed all of that. Medicate with this strain and write an epic poem or enjoy an enlightened conversation with a loved one; and if you’re feeling so inclined it will facilitate some epic TV watching. Also, don’t worry too much about munchies with this one. I’m immensely impressed because Sativa strains don’t generally get me this hard but I’m converted now after some serious time with Gorilla Glue.

Pineapple Express Cannabis Review

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[Trainwreck x Hawaiian][Sativa Dominant Hybrid – About 70%]

One of my most favorite faeries that I’ve met in my travels through various cannabis dispensaries liked to ask everyone what their spirit fruit was. My immediate answer was that I am a pineapple, which is only partially nailed down by my love for all strains pineapple. Pineapple Express obviously became a household name after the feature film came out, but I feel like that took away from the epic value of the strain medicinally. The strong effects combine those found in both Indica and Sativa strains to weave an intricate cornucopia of healing.

How Does It Hit the Senses? Obviously there is a deliciously rich pineapple aroma that emanates from each bud. This smell becomes more complex with the layered bouquet of sweet, tropical lemon geranium with the lightest hint of vanilla almond. The dense bud structure is a bit like a fat pine tree, with a tip at the end of each bud and a thick solid base. Each bud will appear in an almost lime green that is delicately sprinkled with dark green leaves. Pistils are a goldenrod orange and grow in a uniform fashion throughout the entire nug. As far as taste goes the vapor or smoke will be all pineapple, all the time. The musky lemon flavor of train wreck only heightens the pineapple flavor from the Hawaiian genetics.

What are the Effects? Effects take their full hold in about 5-10 minutes and they do so with almost a cyclone of combined relaxation and stimulation in the mind. Feel the temples loosen and stress melt away while also titillating and invigorating the mind to a place of motivation. Tense muscles will relax familiar with the feeling of an Indica but don’t expect couch lock, munchies or de-motivating side effects. This is a Sativa that just so happens to melt away tension and stress like nobody’s business. Pineapple Express is perfect for the cannabis patient looking for daytime pain relief and anyone that is vulnerable to de-motivation when medicating.

Phantom Cookies: Medical Cannabis Strain Review

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[Granddaddy Purple x Cherry Pie]

I really love this strain and covet it as a Sativa dominant counterpart to Girl Scout Cookies. There is a definitely buzzing about the brain but with some familiar Indica effects layered onto this unique and complex medication. Some strains have a specific way that they hit the mind in a physical sense, but this one just gets your dome on an all around scale. There aren’t a lot of negative things to say about Phantom Cookies, perhaps be aware that the strain can cause some anxiety in stressful work situations if it has never been used before.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

Phantom Cookies has the same familiar GSC bud structure with the addition of being delightfully sticky. The buds are almost square and extremely rock dense. They purple out just a little bit sometimes in almost a black purple hue, the nuggets are mostly kelly green with milky white trichomes draped all over buds. The aroma dabbles in a sweet, spicy and rich saffron with undertones of cardamom to create the pleasant scent of a spiced cookie.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately feel the mind buzzing and the eyes become completely aware and then release all of the tension or inflammation that they may be carrying. Relaxation will wash thoroughly over you as the strain begins to really take hold about 5 minutes after inhalation. Phantom Cookies takes hold of the body and mind to relax the entire spirit from a stressful day or before a stressful situation depending on the person medicating. Be sure to try this strain in a comfortable setting because it can create some anxiety and even confusion, making it a bad choice for any job that requires a steady mind.

Tyson OG Cannabis Strain Review

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[Mike Tyson x OG Kush] 90% Indica

Coming out of CA to AZ I am always surprised if I see something with an OG attached to it that I haven’t heard of yet. I guess I was sleeping because Tyson OG is right up my alley. I like to get it from the dispensary because it’s almost a full Indica which falls right into my wheel house and also because something about it makes it the perfect strain for cowboyfriend while he works all day with his arthritis.

For some patients this is a great sleep aide but I turn to other strains for that. The Mike Tyson back genetics is what provides the knock out Indica properties but in my opinion the OG Kush influence gives the strain a bit of an upswing which makes it a fantastic daytime pain relief strain and simultaneously the perfect strain for unwinding in the evening.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

The nuggets grow in a frosted light green hue with light brown hairs distributed throughout. Their structure should be conical and the buds will be tightly bound and dense. It definitely features that dense bud structure of OG Kush. Inhale the light smell of parmesan cheese, seriously, parmesan. I think it’s the combination of a deeply wooded skunk aroma lightly tangled with the scent of sweet sandal wood that make it smell cheesy. On inhalation, the woodsy flavors are highlighted along with a lingering sweetness.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately after inhalation Tyson OG hits the eyes first before slowly overtaking the mind, melting away any anxiety from the realm of conscious thought. Next you’ll feel the effects flow down through the neck and shoulders relieving any tense muscles that may exist in the body. Aches and pains will just dissolve with out a second thought. Let the mind wander away. In the long run the mind is floating both in a physical sense and in a meaning that it’s hard to stay on task at first. As soon as the mind decides to snap back into reality the ride is mellow with Tyson, you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. This is a great strain for the manual laborer that deals with arthritis (like cowboyfriend) or anyone who works a tense job and needs serious help to unwind after work.

WARNING: As always I’d recommend trying a strain at home in a comfortable setting when there isn’t anything left to do that day before ever trying it during the day or while trying to work. This will ensure that you understand how YOUR system responds to Tyson OG.

Lavender Cannabis Strain Review

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[Super Skunk x Big Skunk Korean x Afghani Hawaiian]

Like most of my most favorite strains, it is so dang hard to find Lavender in a well grown, not genetically bred bud. I found some that was pretty poorly cured here in Pinetop, but despite poor curing I still loved reliving this classic. I love everything about it’s delicate nature. From the smell to the appearance the whole nug seems purely feminine, I dig that about this lady plant.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

When looking at the flower the name makes complete sense. Lavender nugs are always long spears that appear in the same color that you would think, lavender. They’re a delicate light purple with blankets of trichomes on each nug. The aroma, riddled with terpene Linalool, is purely floral. The scent alone can ripple relaxation through the spine. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, it is floral and vibrant.

What Are The Effects?

Almost immediately after inhalation effects begin to take hold in the ocular region and dissipate throughout the body. Pain relief begins to melt out of the bones and muscles as a relaxed state blankets the usually active or anxious mind. This is the perfect strain for a heavy medicator to use to relieve daytime pain. It also works well as a mild sedative and anxiety reliever. It definitely isn’t a heavy hitter like GDP or Holy Grail Kush, you won’t pass out right after hitting it. You will, however, enjoy relaxing as anxieties melt away.

Blue OG Indica Cannabis Strain Review

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[Blueberry x Blue Moonshine x OG Kush][70% Indica]

Now that I don’t work at the dispensary it’s been fun finding my flower from different sources. This Blue OG is a friends home grown that I was super impressed with. It is a strain that is once again picking up steam because it translates quite well into extractions. I love OG and am thankful for the comeback of Blue OG, because it smells and tastes amazing. It also delivers a pure, delicious Indica high that can mellow the most tightly strung of nerves.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

It is so wonderful to put your nose in a jar of Blue OG. The aroma hits you immediately and the flowers grow beautiful and blanketed with trichomes. Short, fat and squatty bud structure with light green calyxes that shine with an ethereal blue hue. Small light brown orange pistils are coated across each nug evenly. The aroma hits you first with a sweet blueberry then a sharp, pungent geranium. When you break the buds up a pure sticky sweet berry aroma fills the room.

What is the Effect?

Floral terpenes take immediate hold when you first inhale the smoke from Blue OG. Effects are first felt in the ocular system where the relaxation congregates. Slowly the seeping release of tension moves from the cranium and down the back to the rest of the body. Feel immediate pain relief as anxieties drift away from the slowing mind. Nestle into this effect as it wraps around you. You will get lethargic if you’re not a regular Indica smoker, so save this strain for evening times after your work is finished for the day. This is a great strain for appetite stimulation, you’ll get hungry due in part to the Blueberry genetic parentage. A great option for PMS and any mood swings or pain.

Use to Aide With: Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood Swings, Pain, Migraines and Headaches

Motavation: The Indica Strain that Does Anything But Motivate

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[Sensi Star x Warlock][90% Indica]

Although pain relief is generally my go-to effect when choosing a cannabis strain, sometimes I like to delve into the other delightful Indica effects. When it comes to Motivation I do get some warm, comfortable pain relief but the main vein of the feelings from this one are fun, silly and tiring.

This is definitely not a beginner strain for daytime medicating, if you’re new to Indicas or cannabis it will surely make you drowsy and inhibit your ability to get work done. This is a house strain at High Mountain Health in Flagstaff, Arizona and is a classic strain in the entire cannabis community.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

First off, when you lay your eyes upon Motavation you’ll agree that this is one of the densest buds across the board. It forms in long, bulbous rocks that are equally as round as they are long. The color is a dark forest green, sometimes I swear that I see a black sheen to the bud sometimes from small spots of a deep purple. Use a grinder when breaking these up, you’ll get way more out of your stash than breaking it up with your fingers. The smell is rich in saffron with a deep black pepper undertone. Some different batches have a back drop of citrus making them a more bergamot scent with that same black pepper finish.

What is the Effect?

Just like a lot of beloved Indica strains, this one begins with a mellowing pain relief that first travels gently down the spine. I like to describe this one as a three part stone. First you feel your body relax and relieve any stress which induces phase one; open mouthed laughing. You’ll feel uplifted and relaxed simultaneously which is just downright pleasant. This cocktail of emotions may give some minds anxiety, ride it out because that will pass. Next you’ll feel an immense appetite Augustus Glutestimulation that can be described as insatiable. Seriously, I just dig through the refrigerator sometimes and then realize that I’m not hungry after some rifling. After either your food coma or the couch lock kicks in, you’ll experience immense lethargy. Eyelids will begin to get quite heavy and a relaxation will take over all of the other effects that have been happening. This is warm blanket phase, or phase three. At this point you’ll feel ready to go to sleep despite insomnia, active mind or anxiety. If this still doesn’t cure your insomnia I’d recommend adding some Indica bubble hash or switching to wax pens or dabbing in the evening.

Use this to aide with: Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Stress, Anorexia