Humanity has been reaping cannabis' therapeutic benefits for thousands of years. Among the long list of its purported merits is the ability to relieve pain and discomfort by inducing profound relaxation. Such feats are made possible by the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plants. These organic compounds have improved the quality of life by serving as a potent muscle relaxant as well as a perfect companion for unwinding after a long, tiring day.
Cannabis as a Muscle Relaxant
2.5 million people in the world endure stiff, aching, and cramping muscles, unfortunately. For most, prescription drugs are the most effective way of coping with debilitating pain. Unfortunately, these medications come with a long list of adverse side effects. For instance, antispasmodics can cause orthostatic hypotension, fatigue, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, and nervousness. Not to mention, these OTC drugs can be habit-forming.
On the other hand, the absence of severe side effects and long-term health risks has made cannabis a viable alternative medicine. For the desired results, choosing the right strain is the key to a positive and beneficial experience.
Generally, the best strains for muscle relaxation has a rich presence of these compounds:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
Once the cannabinoids and terpenes enter the bloodstream, it binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Consequently, it alters the behavior and release of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus influencing the communication between muscle groups and the neurons that control them. Scientists have yet to identify the exact mechanism by which this works. Still, one thing is for certain: cannabinoids and terpenes play a significant role in inducing relaxation and alleviating muscle spasms.
Best Strains for Muscle Relaxation
Homegrown Cannabis Co. hand-picked the best relaxing marijuana strains in the meticulously curated seed catalog. A mixture of hybrids and mostly Indica strains - some of these have high CBD levels, while others are high-THC varieties. Dose no more than the recommended amounts, especially for high-THC strains, to achieve the intended outcomes.
These variants exhibit stellar levels of cannabidiol - the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. Aside from offering various therapeutic benefits and little to no psychoactive effects, CBD-rich strains also exert pronounced relaxing sensations, making it a perfect companion for de-stressing.
CBD White Widow
CBD White Widow is Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s CBD-rich rendition of the classic Queen of Amsterdam. Far from the incredibly invigorating White Widow, this hybrid comes with profoundly relaxing effects and enhanced therapeutic properties that remedy muscle aches, fatigue, and other health concerns. Depending on the environmental factors, its THC to CBD ratio may range from 1:2 to 1:3 (5.5% THC and 16% CBD). It also contains significant amounts of terpenes - myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. Hence, its psychoactive traits are mild at best, while the tranquilizing effects are highly potent. Such attributes make it the perfect choice for taking off the edge without experiencing an overwhelming high.
Much like the original psychoactive variety, CBD White Widow is a top choice for home cultivators due to its short flowering time, straightforward care requirements, and snow-capped buds brimming with frosty trichomes. Moreover, in a span of 7 to 8 weeks, each square meter can yield 450 grams of resin-caked buds. Meanwhile, each sun-grown plant can provide up to 800 grams of dense buds by the second week of October.
The CBD-rich Cannatonic is the perfect choice for patients who wish to experience the therapeutic wonders of cannabis without getting stoned. With 0.52% CBG, less than 6% THC, and 6-17% CBD, this strain imparts a barely perceptible psychoactive high alongside an immensely relaxing sensation. Moreover, it contains a wealth of relaxing terpenes such as linalool, caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene. That makes it perfect for alleviating pain, muscle spasticity, and other chronic conditions.
Aside from coveted effects, this pine-scented strain is prized for its resilience against pests, ease of cultivation, and immense productive potential. Despite sporting a compact build, this plant can produce up to 500 grams of resinous buds per square meter (indoors) or about 400 grams per plant (outdoors).
CBD Cheese Auto
The quintessential Cheese XXL is often the top choice of cannabis connoisseurs because of its piquant taste. However, its heavy-hitting psychedelic effects are often a drawback for those with low THC tolerance. With this predicament in mind, Homegrown Cannabis Co. created Autoflower CBD Cheese - a cannabidiol-enriched hybrid that allows one to relish the rare cheese-flavored herb without the fear of weed hangover.
With 12% CBD and 6% THC, this hybrid exerts a mellow uplifting high along with blissful, relaxing effects. Moreover, this potent medicinal strain contains significant amounts of caryophyllene, linalool, limonene, and myrcene, which - aside from boosting flavor and aroma - effectively alleviates muscle soreness among other discomforts.
Dubbed as the "faster and gentler Queen of England," CBD Cheese Auto blooms at a breakneck speed of 10 to 12 weeks from germination. It is also prized for its relatively easy to grow nature, inherent sturdiness, and prolific yields of incredibly fragrant and resinous buds. When grown indoors, each square meter could yield 450 to 500 grams of top-quality buds. Outdoors, each plant produces 60 to 170 grams of harvest.
Medicating patients with considerable tolerance to tetrahydrocannabinol may opt for high THC strains noted for its calming properties. Unlike CBD-rich hybrids, it brings about an intense psychedelic high that makes the cannabis experience more enthralling.
The Indica-dominant Gold Leaf delivers a mind-blowing psychedelic experience perfectly complemented by head-to-toe relaxation. To top it all off, it also offers potent medicinal benefits, posing as an effective remedy to muscle spasticity and other discomforts. Such merits can be attributed to its 21% THC, paired with a rich terpene profile composed of myrcene, linalool, caryophyllene, humulene, and limonene.
Growing feminized Gold Leaf seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. is just as delightful as savoring its buds. Despite requiring minimal attention, it vigorously flourishes and produces a prolific harvest of up to 650 grams per square meter after 8 to 9 weeks of flowering. Outdoors, it yields a whopping 800 grams of crystal-coated buds by the end of October.
The sweet and hashy Sunset Sherbet is not only incredibly sumptuous to savor; this Indica-heavy variety also delivers a sublime cannabis experience - thanks to its stellar THC clocking in at 24%. It provides long-lasting repose by inspiring a trouble-free mindset - all while cradling the body in a comforting embrace of immense relaxation; thus, liberating the body from pains, muscle soreness, and other malaise.
Cultivating Sunset Sherbet is a straightforward process. It is quite resistant to most problems that plague cannabis plants, such as mold infestation and inclement weather conditions. Given its quick flowering period of just 6 to 8 weeks, savoring the harvest could not have come any sooner. Under optimal conditions, it could yield 250 grams per square meter (indoors) or 300 grams per plant (outdoors).
The world-renowned Afghan Kush is a landrace strain that needs no introduction. This almost pure Indica variety features up to 21% THC, which promotes a profound relaxation - one that inevitably melts away stress, fatigue, pain, and muscle tension. On top of that, it also boasts potent healing properties, making it the go-to strain of people in need of repose after a tiring day of hustling.
This strain certainly piques interest with an old-school hash aroma. Moreover, hailing from the mountainous terrains of the Afghan region, this strain flourishes in even the harshest environmental conditions. Showering this beginner-friendly strain with ample nutrition and basic TLC as it flowers for 7 to 8 weeks assures a premium harvest of 400 grams per square meter (indoors) or 600 grams per plant (outdoors).
Savoring the uber-potent LA Confidential buds is a delightful way of capping off the night. With as much as 25% THC potency, it delivers a knock-out punch that compels one to settle in a comfortable position. It relaxes taut muscles and releases pent up tension - consequently banishing stress and vexing physical symptoms.
This strain requires minimal maintenance, yet rewards growers with a hefty harvest of the finest Indica buds. After flowering for 6 to 8 weeks, 300 to 500 grams per square meter (indoors) or 600 grams per plant (outdoors) will be ready for picking.