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The best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia

May 21, 2016
(Gillian Levine for Leafly)

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with, but as we’ve learned from Leafly reviewers, cannabis can offer respite. It makes sense when you look at some of the symptoms fibro sufferers face:

  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tenderness and generalized pain
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to focus

There isn’t a lot of research on cannabis as a treatment for fibromyalgia, but clinical studies using synthesized THC for symptom management shows promising results. Still, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence in Leafly’s strain reviews alone to show that cannabis is certainly providing much needed relief to many of those willing to experiment. These strains, according to our user-submitted strain data, seem to be doing the trick.


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Keep in mind, relief is not limited to these strains alone. There a lot–and we mean a lot–of strains that can treat pain, fight fatigue, reduce depression and anxiety, sharpen focus, and crush insomnia. Consider trying other high-CBD strains, or cannabis in various other forms like edibles, topicals, or ingestible oils. Everyone’s body is different, so the key is to try different strains and products to see what works best for you.


harlequin cannabis strain

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With the painkilling power of THC and CBD combined, this strain is the perfect way to start your day. If you’re sensitive to THC, you’re in luck: Harlequin’s high-CBD content helps curb the intoxicating and anxious side effects of THC, letting you go about your day without that dizzying euphoria that some unaccustomed consumers find distracting or unpleasant.

“I take three puffs and get a wonderful body high that takes my pain away. It’s not that I don’t notice it anymore…it feels like it’s gone. It makes me SO happy to not feel my pain. Note that I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc in my lower back, to for me to not be feeling my pain seems like somewhat of a miracle.” – chasmyn


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In further testament to the power of high-CBD strains, Cannatonic is the third most celebrated strain from Leafly reviewers with fibromyalgia. It’s only mildly intoxicating due to its CBD dominance, making it an excellent choice for new consumers. However, even veterans will appreciate this hybrid’s ability to crush pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, and a myriad of other symptoms.

“I am taking this for Fibromyalgia. This has been the most helpful strain I have found in clearing my mind. Less mind clutter leads to more mental and physical energy.”bearcubb


Tahoe OG

Tahoe OG cannabis strain

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This is the strain you’ll need for when your fibromyalgia symptoms are keeping you up at night. Tranquilizing and dreamy, Tahoe OG leads muscles into blissful relaxation, melting the pain and tension out of them.

“This will give the pain killing effects need for heavy pain, as well as give a sedative effect, so one can go to sleep. [It’s] one of the top ten strains I use for my condition.”savagec3

Granddaddy Purple

granddaddy purple cannabis strain

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Guiding you into relief with a sweet berry and grape flavor, Granddaddy Purple is a classic strain with potent painkilling properties. GDP boasts high levels of myrcene, a terpene commonly believed to help relax muscles and control pain. Not only does this sweet-tasting strain treat physical symptoms, its pacifying euphoria loosens the grip of stress, anxiety, and depression to help you stay positive.

“I finally decided to roll a joint of this and some Tahoe OG, and now I’m free of cramps, muscle spasms, shooting pain, nausea, anxiety, etc…It’s rare that I find a strain that will completely help with medical problems, but also help me be happy, become more creative, and stay awake.”GanjaGoddess410


gsc cannabis strain

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Coveted for its potency, flavor, and quality of effect, it’s no wonder that fibromyalgia patients also found something to love about this award-winning hybrid. GSC is known to have a high THC content, so if you’re new to cannabis or sensitive to THC, be sure to dose low and slow with this hybrid powerhouse.

“I bought this strain for pain relief and it worked quite well. I suffer from fibro & arthritis and after smoking this for the first time, it seemed to work as well as some pain pills.”TONYROSEITTI


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Named for its unmistakable ripe berry aroma, Blueberry delivers a nuanced effects that mellows everything from physical pain to emotional anguish caused by fibromyalgia. Blissful effects wash in on the flavorful exhale, leaving you feeling relaxed in both body and mind.

“Was in so much body pain today due to fibromyalgia, so I picked up Blueberry wax this afternoon…can safely say this is the best strain for body and migraine pain I’ve tried so far. I melted into my bed, very dreamy effect.”cholladay

Bubba Kush

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The symptoms of fibromyalgia are multifaceted, but thankfully, so are the effects of Bubba Kush. Muscles relax. Eyelids heavy. The mind goes from a running pace to walking. Bubba Kush bestows its gift of relief alongside a sweet, earthy coffee aroma with subtle woody notes that will keep you coming back for more even after your symptoms subside.

“Helps me sleep great which is godsend for severe fibromyalgia…working great for my awful bee stinging feeling nerve pain!”Anonymous


Headband cannabis strain

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Named for its hugging cerebral sensations some refer to as the “halo effect,” Headband is a favorite for those suffering from headaches. But that’s not the only type of relief this fragrant hybrid has to offer. Headband’s rich terpene profile gives rise to a spectrum of benefits, including stress reduction, mood enhancement, a feeling of wakefulness and focus, and muscle relaxation.

“It’s a great strain, knocked out my knee pain that is causing a fibromyalgia flare up. It’s definitely is easing the flare up as well and the migraine associated with it.”Paraleash

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Bailey Rahn

Bailey is a senior content manager at Leafly, specializing in strains and health. She's spent 7+ years researching cannabis products, spreading patients’ stories, and exploring healthy ways of integrating cannabis into daily life.

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  • Carmen Diaz

    I suffer from fibromyalgia. It’s pretty chronic and found out I have lupus. I live in Virginia where bud is not legal. how can I get some if I don’t have a medical card.
    Thanks everyone

    • Matt Banahan

      Hey. Hit me up on facebook.

    • Matt Banahan

      I’m wearing the Falcons beenie

    • Slain Illuzion

      I own The Virginia Hemp Company. DM me lets chat i have some solutions for you

      • Intangible Words

        hi i suffer from fibromyalgia and im in Louisiana i need info please dm me back

    • Ashley

      Im in va too. fibro and other issues as well any luck?

  • Pixie Witch

    So, this list looks really good.. I have a chance go go to Colorado for a few days and I am trying a couple on this list.. MY State has not come out of the dark ages.. So much so I may just move to Arkansas so I can access my medication

  • Renee Dillard

    Hello everyone I have this fibromyalgia crap on a massive scale I absolutely take no form of medicine I’m very sensitive to it smoking marijuana as been my only source of medical relief unfortunately I live in Tennessee and they seem to selective on who can get a medical marijuana cards can anyone please advise me on what to do

    • Mike B

      Do not use that website. It is owned by a company in India masking their identity and involved in numerous scams in the USA

    • Michael Janie McGill

      Me as well.. I have severe fibromyalgia and neuropathy. I need someone to let me know what I need to do to get medical marijuana. TIA

  • Bobbie929

    I live in New Jersey. And I am suffering badly from fibromyalgia. Is there any way I can get non-smoking marijuana?

    • Korian73

      Try a vaporizer, one like the Pax or Firefly 2.

      • Rebeca Almodovar

        i have a Davinci vaporizer that smokes soon smooth. it’s small & discreet.

  • E chen

    No wonder I always liked Blue Dream. Did not realize it was taking the pain away. Using bud has made it able for me to cut way down on the use of opioids.

  • Ms Miki

    I live in Florida where it’s just become legal but our legislature is trying to limit it to 10 conditions and I have no idea if fibromyalgia is one of them. I’ve got it so bad that I’m on disability. I’ve never tried marijuana for the pain but I’m tired of taking narcotics that are habit forming. I spend more time in pain because of my refusal to use them. How do I know what to get for my pain and insomnia and where to get it or how to qualify? It’s all so confusing.

    • AuntBee

      Go into a dispensary and talk to them and talk to your doctor and hopefully he is pro marijuana and finds a loop hole to get you your card good luck!

      • DevilsAdvocate

        A comment based on my experience – I live in a rural community in a state that approved medical use but basically you have to buy from a dispensary. Being in rural area, what we have is financial opportunist that’s cornered the market, ltd hours, ltd product, inconvenient location & hours and just when you think it couldn’t get any worse – she hires “kids” who are just ‘order takers’ – their idea of ‘recommending’ is to either sell you most expensive, or the most psychotropic sedating. They don’t seem to grasp that not everyone wants to get high, or become comatose. It’s great that there are forums like this one – where we can ask questions, get advice, etc. But – sometimes ‘go back to dispensary’ just isn’t the best advice…..

        • AuntBee

          That makes sense but some are honest and will give you what you need sorry u found a gold digger out for the buck and not to help patients but rather help themselves sad

        • Mike B

          look up their strains on your phone using leafly.

    • Tom Ubl

      Our State legislators on this issue are a collection of self ingratiating morons. The blond bimbo from South FL only sponsored the bill to the limitation of what affected her niece. I locked it up with her more than once. Just another political volleyball by those that run our lives.

      I have come to a point in my life where live and let die is quickly becoming my mantra. Our judicial system has failed me at every corner. If you are a good person who does not scam or hurt others and you find yourself fighting for your basic rights to be pain free, the law at that point is a secondary consideration. Frankly they want us all stoned and placid to run an easier agenda over the herd.

      Watched part of an interview with John Morgan yesterday. I missed the reason why, but there was mention of imminent litigation against the State legislature over this matter.

      • Ms Miki

        If they want us stoned and placid, why don’t they legalize recreational marijuana. LOL Most potheads I knew when I was young we’re peaceful, leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone, types.

      • Alicia Cantu

        Yes!! I know of people on ssi getting 2000 a month and i have had my own business and paid taxes but nope I get 900 a month but I have to make it last and make sure your account doesn’t have 2000 or over or we will stop payment how sad. Keep head held high and try some cbd

    • Korian73

      Chronic Pain should be one of the conditions as it’s the most common one for States with legal medical cannabis. And we folks with FMS certainly suffer from Chronic pain, don’t we? I was first diagnosed with FMS in 2001. Before going on opioids my doctors tried every treatment option – nothing worked. Being prescribed opioids, Fentanyl and Oxycodone, gave me my life back. Now, with the government interfering with my prescriptions I have to find another treatment, and that’s medical cannabis. I just started and I tell you, it’s seems to be very promising. But strains differ. I began using home grown sweet afghani delicious (grown organically by me and harvested late so it would have more CBDs). It worked within two days – better sleep, less pain upon awakening, so much I was able to reduce my Oxycodone intake by 30 mgs. Then since in my State we’re required to buy from a dispensary, I tried what they recommended, Shark Shock strain, one the rep said helped people like me. Well within one day the pain was back. I’m going back to SAD.

  • Mary Andersen

    Don’t trust anyone who is trying to get you to buy marijuana online from their website and ship it illegally. These people are scamming people left and right. They’re mostly located in Cameroon. Just Google “their website + reviews or scam” and you’ll see a bunch of people who got ripped off

  • CobraCatcher

    So I was just curious yesterday what strains are best for fibromyalgia and severe back pain when I stumbled upon this post. I was out of medical herb at the time and was in a lot of pain, even though I had just put a new fentanyl patch on the day before (sometimes they don’t always seem to work as well as other times), so I decided I would see what I could get my hands on at some local dispensaries. Now that I’ve come to understand that a higher CBD product is probably what’s best for me, I hit up a delivery dispensary and got a 1/2oz of Blue Dream and a .5g jar of Crystalline CBD to add to the top of my bowls. I was super excited to try it out that I couldn’t even wait to get home (this dispensary didn’t deliver to my hometown, but were able to meet up with me), so I parked in a parking lot away from everyone else and loaded a bowl. I have to say, I think it does a pretty good job. Personally, I prefer edibles for insomnia. They usually put me out for at least 4-6 hours! So glad to live in Cali! ❤

  • Tom Ubl

    I suffer from extreme joint pain due to an iron overload condition. Smoking achieves less than 2% of medicinal benefits. Once upon a time, I had a friend who claimed that grinding some select bud and putting it into coconut oil then pouring into a form and cooling and refrigerating with about .25 of a gram per, believed he used sour diesel, brought two days of joint free pain after he came down off of an 8 hour high. Coconut oil can pass the blood brain barrier via the ketones in it and also has a semi sustained use by embedding with the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in the oil. I suspect if CBD was added to reduce the high and use of a indica strain would be best. Just need to play with the formulation to get it right for you and your bioindividualized self. I suspect 100mg per would do the trick maybe less depending on tolerance.

  • Samantha Cook

    The website is a neat one. Very good company by the way. Cannabis oil has literally changed my life. I experience severe chronic pain because of disability. I was able to abandon some strong opiates, and my health is doing just fine. Highly recommend..

  • Kamila Leciejewska

    Poland legalised medicinal marijuana last week. Now, after 10 years of life with chronic pain I can switch from always-so-legal opiats to finally legal canabinols. I will show this site to my rheumatologist, since she, like practically all other Polish doctors, has little or no experience with cannabis whatsoever.

  • Myste

    I realize this is an older article, but I am just finding it and look forward to trying a few on this list… I want to thank Leafly btw! I have learned sooo much from this site over the years! This is my 1st review on here, and I can also add a few helpful strains I have found along the way, and some advice I wish I had found in the beginning of this journey… hope it helps someone 🙂
    I am 53 and have suffered severe and disabling pain for almost 20 yrs now, and all the depression, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia that goes with it! Part of my current diagnosis is Polysclerosis, Fms, and MBC… also focal seizures, moderate scoliosis and a broken tib/fib from my vertigo and osteoporosis! I’m a fricken mess haha but thanks to cannabis, and a healthy diet, I refuse all narcotics and pharmaceuticals, as they actually make me feel sooo much worse!
    I have to say how thankful I am to live somewhere where the cannabis is totally legal… dispensaries like 7-11’s on every corner… and online delivery menus, like ordering a pizza! Something we only dreamed of all my life! I feel so bad for people still being arrested for something I have delivered! I actually had to move to a legal state, I highly recommend it and will never go back… absolute game changer! I’m not new to weed, been a “stoner” all my life, but the last few years has been a whole new world of high quality variety and scientific testing of all the terpenes, and it has truly become my medicine now! I began to pay attention to which strains did what for me personally, then which terpenes these strains all had in common, along with the Leafly articles like this one… for example, I need a sativa dominant for daytime, as an indica will actually CAUSE me pain during the day… thats saved for night time as a sativa will keep me up! Also be careful (and check the charts on here) as some sativas can cause anxiety if they are toooo uplifting! For me personally, CBD alone does not really help me, I need the combination of the thc and other terpenes, as well.
    Also I no longer “smoke,” …edibles, especially the chews or gummies and the liquids, since they are absorbed by the body more quickly, are probably your best method for true, long lasting pain relief… I have sativa chews for daytime, and I take a swig of the elixer every night, never slept better! I am 125lbs and find 5 to 10mg dose is perfect. But for instant relief, I highly recommend investing in a dry herb vaporizer, especially if you’re like me and enjoy the flavors and varieties of da ganja… the oil vaporizer is the most amazing for that, no muss no fuss, easy and potent, but its much more expensive to buy those cartridges and you dont have near the variety… so I have both 😉 but try avoid smoking, not only the obvious dangers of smoking, but you’re really not getting the full potential of your amazing bud!
    Now for my favorite strains to date, until a week ago, Blue Dream topped my list too, but I think SUPERNOVA just took the lead! AAAH-MAZZZING!! Golden Goat is another daytime fave. Headcheese is great for headaches. For night time, my top favorite has to be Bio Jesus (gotta love these names!)
    Sorry I rambled on, I’m very passionate about this subject, and if I helped at least one person, it was worth it 😉

  • Some life saving advise, please.
    I went yesterday to get my script from my doctor for pain meds. As of Nov. 1st the state of Oklahoma forbids doctors from giving oxycodone scripts. Cold turkey. I called about the FINALLY passed medical marijuana, and not one doctor can see me for over 4 weeks. I have 2 days left of pain meds. I was using CBD oil, but it just quit working after about a year of using it.
    I have been a type 1 diabetic for over 45 years. My blood sugars are in the 400 and 500’s because of the pain and stress over this mess. One way or another I am going to die at the hands of my government.
    Please if anyone has a good suggestion, or free advise, please help me. Julie

  • Diane

    Pain relief for fibromyalgia are not available in PA. Can I use my medical card in Maryland?