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Apr 6, 2016 5:45 PM

Top Four Strongest Indica Strains for Pain Relief

Pain relief is one of the various, as well as one of the biggest, reasons why people consume marijuana. From slight muscle spasms to headaches to severe surgery pain, medical cannabis strains can help patients calm those unpleasant sensations without the use of heavy painkillers or narcotics. We have made a list of the most potent indica strains for pain relief. All the plants listed can be found at the closest dispensary to you. Enjoy and have a pain-free life!

In 2011, researchers reported significant health benefits of cannabis. They found that the plant was able to relieve pain, promote sleep, prevent certain cancers, and boost appetite. It is not only CBD and THC that are potent natural medicines—the aroma and flavor molecules in marijuana strains are also strong anti-inflammatories. It means that due to terpenes and cannabinoids in the cannabis strains, your favorite Bubba Kush and Zombie OG, as well as many other weed strains, are incredibly nutritious plants.

When it comes to medical cannabis, high-THC indica strains are the strongest analgesics and incredibly potent pain-relieving treats. Due to the general relaxing and sedative effects, indicas are said to provide an almost narcotic buzz—it is caused by the strong pain-fighting and brain-boosting compounds produced by the flowers.

Northern Lights

This legendary indica strain stands alongside the most popular cannabis strains of all time, and for good reasons. Northern Lights' exact lineage and history are surrounded by mystery and might be forever lost. Although technically the plant is a hybrid (95 percent of indica and 5 percent of sativa), most consider the strain a pure indica.

Northern Lights is recommended for moderate to experienced potheads, primarily as an evening or night type of medication when relaxation is desired. The strong body high effects typically last for up to three hours while providing great medicinal effects to help you combat anxiety, stress, nausea, depression, pain, and other unpleasant conditions. Its psychoactive effects are also helpful for better sleep and mind relaxation. You will not even notice how this sweet medication immerses you in a dreamy euphoria. It is an effective treatment that provides strong results, not to mention its unique, pungent, sweet, and pretty spicy flavor.

Afghan Kush

Afghan Kush seems to be a top choice for patients experiencing chronic pain. Perfected over centuries, its genotype became the ultimate source for potent charas and sticky black Afghani hash.

This marijuana strain is also a strong anti-depressant that helps improve the patient's quality of life by combating depression associated with chronic strains.

Whether because of a nasty headache or muscle spasms, sleeping through the night can be nearly impossible when you are in pain. This heavy indica is sure to knock you out and provide colorful dreams. Expect a musky, floral aroma with a hint of spicy.

Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is an old-school pure indica strain—it is one of the first marijuana strains ever brought back from the East. This high-altitude plant has become renowned for its powerful body high and euphoric effects remarkable for a non-hybrid strain.

The Hindu Kush has a sweet, earthy flavor, and its THC content induces an incredible mellow, positive body vibration that makes the plant perfect for treating chronic pain. Unlike the later Cannabis indica, afghanica, and Skunk that provide a brain-numbing high, Hindu Kush creates a calm mental state. It is best for evening time use due to strong sedative effects.


This famous strain became a legend after it had claimed the High Times Cannabis Cup 2000 for Best Indica, and we know why. Blueberry is an indica-dominant hybrid (80 percent indica, 20 percent sativa) that got its name from the lavender blue color of the leaves and the fruity scent.

The plant is often used to treat anxiety and tension, insomnia, lack of appetite and other eating disorders. Blueberry is an excellent remedy for medical patients with severe pain. Although it has a potent high effect, it does not make you super sleepy, which makes it perfect for daytime consumption.

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