Cannabis and Back Pain


It’s estimated that most of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and more than half of working Americans report they have symptoms of back pain every year. Back issues are the third most common reason we go to the doctor and the most common condition for which opioids are prescribed. More conservative approaches have been widely adopted primarily due to the opioid epidemic, but chronic back pain can and does have a significant impact on sufferers, leading to a decreased quality of life.

Fortunately, there are options. While over-the-counter medications can help with symptoms of back pain, more people are exploring cannabis as a natural alternative to relieve pain with good results. Since about 1975, researchers have been studying the effects of marijuana on chronic pain, and their findings show that cannabis is a promising pain reliever with little adverse effects. Although relief is temporary, a study at the University of Colorado Spine Center found that cannabis was at least equal and frequently greater than opioids in alleviating back pain. Furthermore, marijuana is also known to relieve some of the conditions that frequently accompany chronic pain, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Are you looking to explore cannabis to alleviate your back pain?

Marijuana Strains for Back Pain Relief

The following strains have been some of the most popular ones across Michigan for patients suffering from chronic back pain. Although strains are not always available, some of the insights such as CBD or THC levels can be directional for helping you find the right strain for you.

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue is a hybrid that packs potent relief, thanks to a generous 25 percent THC content. A few hits of this strain is known to cause an intense mind and body high, and you might forget all about your back pain. It’s recommended to experience Gorilla Glue in the evenings for a restful, pain-free slumber.


This CBD-dominant strain is ideal for back pain suffers that may not want psychoactive effects with their pain relief. ACDC’s CBD content can reach 20 percent, making it a perfect option to help relieve back pain without sacrificing mental focus.


If you want to try cannabis to relieve your back pain but also want your active social life, Candyland is a good choice for you. This strain has muscle relaxing qualities but is also uplifting. Enjoy some creative, energetic and pain-free self-care time with Candyland.

Skywalker OG

Want powerful pain relief with sacrificing mental sharpness? Get your hands on some Skywalker OG. This indica-dominant hybrid offers powerful muscle relaxing effects that will make your back pain disappear and your couch all that matters.


This CBD-dominant strain is an excellent choice if you’re not looking to feel high. Because of the relatively low concentration of THC, this is great for day consumption without losing your mental keenness. Bonus: strains higher in CBD are known to help relieve joint and inflammation pain.

If you suffer from chronic or situational back pain there could be a strain of Cannabis available to you at your local Michigan dispensary that can help you get your life back without dealing with powerful pharmaceuticals.