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  • Olivia Castro

How Medical Marijuana Can Help Chronic Pain

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Over two-thirds of patients seeking a medical marijuana card report chronic or intractable pain as their primary qualifying condition. But what is chronic or intractable pain exactly?

What Constitutes as Chronic or Intractable Pain?

Everyone experiences pain. However, qualifying for a recommendation for medical marijuana treatment is not as simple as a patient having a mild headache one day and receiving a card the next.

Pain falls into one of two general categories: chronic or intractable.

  • Chronic pain is characterized as pain lasting for more than 12 weeks (3 months) often without a definable endpoint.

  • Intractable Pain is severe chronic pain that is constant and excruciating. Unlike chronic pain, the conditions that cause intractable pain can cause sufferers to be bed ridden or even hospitalized.

Medical Marijuana and Pain

Patients must demonstrate to their medical marijuana doctor, through medical records and documentation, that their pain has been an ongoing issue.

Many patients with chronic or intractable pain turn to medical marijuana as treatment as they have exhausted other methods of treatment. Medical cannabis is a promising alternative for treating pain. Patients have reported relief from a wide-variety of types of pain.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help

Medical marijuana can be helpful for any of the following conditions associated with chronic pain:

  • Cancer pain

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Migraines

  • Neck pain

  • Accident and injury-related pain

  • Post-surgical pain

There is no cure for intractable pain and traditional treatments often only bring about mild relief. Medical marijuana can help alleviate the following symptoms:

  • Nausea

  • Chronic pain

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Depression & anxiety

What is the Best Method to Treat My Chronic Pain with Cannabis?

When you schedule your medical marijuana evaluation, your doctor will be able to suggest a variety of treatment options, based upon your pain and condition. For some patients, topicals may work best, while others may prefer to inhale or consume medical marijuana. It is always best to speak with your doctor as well as the professionals at dispensaries for the right products and doses for your needs.


If you are a Pennsylvania resident suffering from a medical condition you think may benefit cannabis, you're likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

To learn more about the medical marijuana process or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (855) 607-5458 or book your evaluation online.


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