3 Medical Marijuana Strains To Try For Managing Chronic Back Pain

Analyzing the Benefits of Northern Lights, ACDC, and BlackJack

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Managing chronic back pain can be difficult, especially for those starting out on their journey to use cannabis in place of opiates. Medical marijuana users with chronic back pain have been able to reduce or eliminate their reliance upon prescription opiates. Patients suffering from this type of debilitating condition are finding help by joining the state’s medical marijuana program and selecting a cannabis strain that works for them.

However, finding the right strain isn’t always easy.

A New Choice for Managing Chronic Back Pain

Back pain can be a life-altering condition. The opiate medicines doctors currently prescribe to deal with it can be ineffective and lead to addiction. But in 33 states, there’s a new option to treat back pain. Medical marijuana patients today can manage chronic back pain naturally and oftentimes release themselves from dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Everyone’s body responds to cannabis a little bit differently, which can add to the frustration of finding the right strain for your back pain. Scientific research and anecdotal evidence give us some clues to which strains of cannabis treat back pain the best.

Radicular pain (often called sciatica) follows the pathway along your spinal nerves and is prone to compression and inflammation. The radiating back pain you experience during a flare up can stop you in your tracks and make it difficult to enjoy life at all.

Luckily, a few medical marijuana strains can make managing chronic back pain a lot easier. Here’s a few strains that stand out for the potent pain-relieving properties:

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the purest and most popular indica strains around. The 95 percent indica strain is a cross of Afghani and Thai strains. 

Myrcene, Ocimene, and Pinene comprise the dominant terpene profile. Terpenes are aromatic oils that give cannabis strains their distinctive flavors and may play a role in identifying the effect. For example, certain terpenes may be relaxing while others could be what helps you focus. 

Northern Lights packs a powerful punch of THC that relaxes the body and promotes a mind-boosting feeling of euphoria. The “couch lock” on this strain is very noticeable. (Evidence: I’ve enjoyed many a night of medicating while lazily watching YouTube with my cats.)

In the 1980s and 1990s, Northern Lights won a notable amount of Cannabis Cup awards. That established it as a household name. Patients come back to the Northern Lights strain over and over again for the full-body relaxing effect that makes it an ideal strain for managing chronic back pain.

Want to learn more about the history of Northern Lights? Check out this article that explains how the strain came to become what it is today.


This CBD-dominant phenotype of Cannatonic and an unknown Ruderalis strain won’t get you high. However, many patients report that “high CBD/low THC medicinals bring on immediate relaxation. They report a very gentle tingling sensation, according to Leafly.

Because ACDC is a sativa, users report that it creates a sense of well-being with an increase in sociability. It’s a mellow yet uplifting high. The ACDC strain has a reputation for being good for treating chronic stress or anxiety, arthritis, depression, neuropathy, and migraines.


Indicas are renowned for their pain-relieving properties and sativas are noted for their head-high, but many patients find hybrid strains are a happy-medium. One of the best hybrid strains patients say helps back pain while still being able to focus is BlackJack. BlackJack is a heavily sativa-leaning hybrid strain that crosses Black Domina and Jack Herer. Jack Herer is a cross of Shiva Skunk and Haze with Northern Lights #5. Perhaps the Northern Lights contributes to BlackJack’s magic pain-fighting formula?

Terpinolene dominates the terpene profile of the Blackjack strain. It is noticeable in a slightly piney aroma and flavor. The flowers are large and dense with trichome-encrusted calyxes. The effects of the BlackJack strain are notably long-lasting. It makes it a super choice for busy days where medicating is the last thing on one’s mind.

Finding the Right Strain For Managing Your Chronic Back Pain

The road to finding what type of cannabis works best for you for managing your chronic back pain can be bumpy given the endless strains and methods of administration. Supply and demand is also an issue. If you find a strain you like, it might not be there the next time you go to the dispensary. Users with significant back pain may feel frustrated and return to pharmaceuticals if they can’t find a strain or method that works for them. Reach out to your doctor or dispensary budtender if you aren’t having any luck choosing or locating a particular strain.

Interested in trying medical marijuana for managing chronic back pain? If you don’t have your medical marijuana card yet, schedule your medical marijuana consultation with one of Duber Medical’s trusted doctors today. Get $10 off with discount code “MedicateOH”.

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  • Gabrielle Dion

    Medicate OH's Founder and Publisher is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's degree in public administration, both from Northern Kentucky University. She has more than 20 years of experience writing and editing professionally for the medical and wellness industries, including positions with The Journal of Pediatrics, Livestrong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and Patient Pop.