With so many causes for pain & stress, this article will break down some of the best cannabis pineapple strains for chronic pain management along with a list of some of the best foods to pair with these strains to optimize your relief!
I’ve tried many different strains myself, and these are some of my personal favorites that I hope you’ll love too for their productive, energizing, motivating, uplifting & creative effects! As always, be sure to try each strain responsibly.
And speaking of productivity, open up Spotify real quick & throw on this 4 hour and 20 minute High Productivity playlist from Ganjapreneur while you’re reading (I promise this won’t take you 4 hours and 20 minutes to read though 😉 ).
What are Pineapple Strains?
Famous for increasing creativity & energy, pineapple strains are typically sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis strains that are helpful for migraines, depression, lack of appetite & chronic pain.
With tropical hints of pineapple & sweet citrus aromas & flavors, what better way to celebrate summer than with this fruity flower!
Typical Characteristics of Pineapple Strains
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While each strain will be unique based on its parent strains & trichomes produced, pineapple strains are (near) perfectly-balanced hybrid strains that are just about 50% sativa & 50% indica, providing an ideal profile for productivity, creativity, energy/motivation, happiness & relaxation.
What are Trichomes?
The cannabinoid, terpene & flavonoid profile of any cannabis strain is heavily influenced by the trichomes on the cannabis plant itself, which look frosty & crystally to the naked eye. But at a microscopic level, they look like little mushrooms that protrude from the plant’s leaves.
Translating to “growth of hair” in Greek, trichomes are essentially little power factories that produce the different plant components which make each strain unique, potent & useful – i.e. all the “good stuff” comes from the trichomes!
In fact, when decarbing cannabis at home, the trichomes ON the plant are what you’re trying to extract, not what’s IN the plant.
In nature, trichomes also serve to help plants catch prey. Think of Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls grabbing at those swimming through the Sea Witch’s cavern (that’s essentially what trichomes are doing to make sure that the plant doesn’t go hungry!).
Cannabinoid Profile of Pineapple Strains
Pineapple strains carry an impressive THC profile with a range of 16-26%. Remember that higher doses of THC are best for migraine management, whereas higher doses of CBD are best for tension headache management.
Inversely, pineapple strains are characteristically low in CBD, if at all. Many pineapple strains have CBD levels of 0.10% or under. However, many strains do have CBG at levels up to 1%.
Therefore, pineapple strains are best for those who are willing, able (and allowed) to consume full spectrum cannabis products.
But fear not! There are CBD-dominant pineapple strains out there derived from a CBD-dominant parent strain.
You’ll just need to specifically ask for strains cultivated from CBD hemp flower when at your local dispensary, especially if you’re sensitive to the effects of THC, since the THC-dominant strains are more prevalent & popular.
Terpene Profile of Pineapple Strains
The usual terpenes you’ll find in pineapple strains include:
- Beta caryophyllene
- Least common terpene in very small amounts
- Found in apples, lilacs, cumin & nutmeg
- Uplifting effects
These terpenes typically provide relaxing, calming & uplifting effects, further promoting its balanced benefits for efficiency. When you stress less, you’re usually more focused!
However, don’t confuse relaxing & calming with lazy & useless! If anything, being relaxed & calm is probably the best time to get (and stay) focused. Don’t forget how important mental health is for overall wellness & to best optimize the benefits of cannabis.
Benefits of Pineapple Strains
Pineapple strains can be some of the best at providing:
- The Giggles 🤣 🤣 🤣
- Uplifting sensation
Other potential effects:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eye
- Anxiousness (usually due to too high of a dose)
More often than not, negative side effects of cannabis are typically experienced when taking higher doses than is necessary for YOU. We’ve all been there! It’s all about trial & error.
5 Best Pineapple Strains for Chronic Pain Management
Pineapple strains are best used to treat the following chronic pain symptoms:
- Mood shifts/swings
- Muscle spasms
Pineapple strains are great to treat chronic pain caused by the following conditions:
- Alcoholic liver disease*
- Cirrhosis of the liver*
- Diabetes (from THCV-dominant strains)
- Hepatic encephalopathy*
- Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Panic attacks
- Parkinson’s tremors
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
*Alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, fibromyalgia, & hepatic encephalopathy are better treated with CBD-dominant strains. If you choose pineapple strains, just make sure to ask for CBD-dominant strains (derived from CBD hemp flower) vs. the traditionally THC-dominant versions.
Keep reading below to see which pineapple stains are best for each of these conditions!
Pineapple Express Strain for Pain Management
All aboard the Pineapple Express! Hope you weren’t surprised to see this one at the top of my list! What better strain to puff-puff-pass to?
Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that’s ideal for creativity & focus. Its tropical parents, Hawaiian & Trainwreck, combine to produce a powerful pineapple punch with this fruity flower child. (1)
|Parent Strains:||Hawaiian (sativa) + Trainwreck (hybrid)|
|Sensation:||Alert, energizing & mood-enhancing|
|Cannabinoid(s):||18% THC; 1% CBG|
|CBD Hemp Flower?||Pineapple Express CBD Hemp Flower from CBD Flower Nugs: <0.3% THC; 29% CBD|
|Terpene(s):||Beta caryophyllene, limonene & pinene|
|Healing Properties:||Analgesic; anti-inflammatory; anti-nausea|
|Helpful for:||Anxiety, depression, fatigue, & stress|
|Good for:||Energy, creativity, productivity & focus|
|BEST Pineapple Strain for:||Stress management & creativity|
Golden Pineapple Strain for Pain Management
Golden Pineapple is a balanced hybrid strain that’s great for the deep thinkers who want some in-depth conversation. Not only does it provide mood-enhancing energy, the Golden Pineapple strain is also excellent for mood disorders & conversation. (1)
|Parent Strains:||Pineapple Kush (sativa) + Golden Goat (indica)|
|Sensation:||Uplifting, energizing, relaxing & talkative|
|Cannabinoid(s):||18% THC; 1% CBG; <1% CBD|
|CBD Hemp Flower?||Pineapple Gold 2020 from Oregon CBD Hemp: <0.04% THC; 14% CBD|
|Terpene(s):||Terpinolene, myrcene & ocimene|
|Healing Properties:||Anti-anxiety; appetite-stimulating; analgesic; anti-inflammatory|
|Helpful for:||Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, stress, loss of appetite, PTSD, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines & nausea|
|Good for:||Energy, creativity & happiness|
|BEST Pineapple Strain for:||Mood disorders & conversation|
Pineapple Purps for Pain Management
Pineapple Purps is a sativa-dominant strain that’s ideal for those with diabetes because it’s a strain that’s high in THCV. High THCV strains show better promise for disease management than those without, largely due to the appetite-suppressing effects of THCV. (1,3)
|Parent Strains:||This orphaned offspring is a sativa-dominant strain with high levels of THCV|
|Sensation:||Energizing & mind-stimulating for creativity|
|Cannabinoid(s):||17% THC; 5% THCV; 1% CBG|
|CBD Hemp Flower?||N/A|
|Healing Properties:||Appetite-suppressing; analgesic; neuroprotective; anticonvulsant; antispasmodic|
|Helpful for:||Diabetes mellitus, panic attacks, Parkinson’s tremors, PTSD, anxiety & depression|
|Good for:||Energy, creativity & productivity|
|BEST Pineapple Strain for:||Diabetes management & appetite control|
Pineapple Kush for Pain Management
Pineapple Kush is a balanced hybrid strain with a bubbly personality that’s an excellent choice for those with PTSD. Be prepared for lots of laughs with this euphoric strain. Laughter is the best medicine after all! (1)
|Parent Strains:||Pineapple OG (sativa) + OG Kush (indica)|
|Sensation:||Giggly, relaxing & euphoric with a heavier cerebral high and lighter body sensation|
|CBD Hemp Flower?||Pineapple Kush CBD Hemp Flower from Biologic Hemp or Life’s Good Work: <0.03% THC; 10-15% CBD|
|Healing Properties:||Analgesic; anti-anxiety; neuroprotective|
|Helpful for:||PTSD, headaches, NAFLD, stress & muscle spasms|
|Good for:||Happiness & having fun|
|BEST pineapple strain for:||PTSD & happiness|
Pineapple Skunk for Pain Management
Pineapple Skunk has a bigger extended family compared to the rest. If you’re looking for a natural sleep aid, then look no further than Pineapple Skunk because it’s ideal for treating insomnia by helping you unwind & relax. (1)
And of all the pineapple strains discussed here, this strain is the most indica-dominant.
|Family Strains:||Pineapple OG (sativa) + Skunk #1 (hybrid) + Cheese (indica)|
|Sensation:||Euphoric & relaxing with a heavy body sensation – “couch lock”|
|Cannabinoid(s):||19% THC: 1% CBG|
|CBD Hemp Flower?||N/A|
|Terpene(s):||Myrcene & pinene|
|Healing Properties:||Analgesic; anti-anxiety; sleep aid; appetite-stimulating|
|Helpful for:||Insomnia, stress, anxiety & pain|
|Good for:||Peace & calm|
|BEST pineapple strain for:||Insomnia & relaxation during inactive hours/bedtime|
Kill Cliff CBD Pineapple Flaming Joe
Maybe you’re not yet in a legal cannabis state (but don’t worry, you’ll get there! Good things come to those who “wake & bake”). With 25mg of CBD, this THC-free alternative is just another pineapple option by ingestion!
Manufactured from hemp grown in Kentucky, and made production-ready in Colorado, the Kill Cliff CBD Flaming Joe electrolyte-enhanced beverage is sweet & spicy with 25mg of caffeine & zero sugar for an afternoon or pre-workout pick-me-up.
Or try it as part of your workout recovery regimen with CBD’s anti-inflammatory & recovery properties.
Best Foods to Enhance the Benefits of Pineapple Strains
Much like how we can maximize our efforts through diet to enhance the effects of nutrient absorption, supplements & medications, the endocannabinoid diet can play a vital role in maximizing the effects of cannabis.
Cannabinoids react specifically to certain nutrients & terpenes, and tend to be protein-binding & fat-soluble.
Therefore, make sure you get good sources of protein, fatty acids & foods rich in synergistic terpenes when using these types of strains to really optimize and extend their effects & enhance their therapeutic benefits.
Pineapple Express Yourself with a Pineapple Strain
There are so many different types of cannabis strains available for chronic pain management.
So next time you’re looking for a new strain to try in your pain relief protocol (while staying productive), consider a pineapple strain for its healing, uplifting, energizing, alert, motivating & creative effects!
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Until next time, go Pineapple Express Yourself!
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