In order to reduce pains (arthritis, MS) and stomach discomfort, I have been trying various strains and substrains of marijuana and, more recently, various product types: shatter, oils, tinctures, pills and other edibles (brownies from a Mary Jane mix). I think I'm honing in the strains and products to get me through the day.
I recently tried some 25 mg THC pills and found that they were great for reducing and even preventing pains... and giving a light buzz for about 6 hours. The effects start in about 1/2 hour after taking the pill, ramps up for another 15 minutes, then maintains its efficacy for another 5 or 6 hours. I think that the first ones I bought were Indica-based, which tends to make a person more drowsy. I want to try some Sativa-based pills in the future.
I also have an oil-based Sativa tincture. A few drops under the tongue and I feel better for a few hours. Its much more fast-acting than marijuana edibles (like the pills above) because it is absorbed quickly when taken sublingually. I think that this tincture also works to prevent pain, so is best taken before the pain or discomfort gets bad. Four drops gives about 12 mg of THC, which is about as much as you can hold under your tongue for a while until you have to swallow it. What you swallow isn't wasted: it just takes longer to affect you.
The brownies I find to be much too sweet, though if I stay up late enough and get the munchies, a half a brownie goes down very nice.
Of course, the fastest way to get marijuana-based relief is to vape or smoke dry weed or concentrates. For the day-time, a high THC Sativa weed or concentrate (like shatter) that doesn't make me too sleepy can be used as a quick pick-me-up on bad days. In the evening, just before bed, I vape my old standby: a 9/9 (%THC/%CBD) dry weed from Cannimed that usually helps me get to sleep quickly (along with sleeping pills). If I have a severe pain just before I go to bed, I take whiskey to calm it down. Sometimes I take whiskey even if I'm feeling no pain. 😁
It is now possible to get all these products from online dispensaries (usually based in BC) without a medical marijuana prescription... you just need to send them a digitized copy of government-issued ID. There are quite a few dispensaries that sell quality-controlled products and provide very clear information about what is in it. Contact me if you want to know more.