Cannabis + Pain

People who turn to cannabis for pain relief often suffer from chronic conditions: everything from frequent migraines to nerve damage to persistent muscle tension. Scientific studies have shown that both THC and CBD can be effective in managing pain, with the psychoactive effects of THC helping more with immediate relief or help with sleeping, and CBD contributing more to on-going treatment and maintenance of pain

Arthritis, Muscle Strains, Back Pain and Inflammation

Whether your pain is caused by injury or by a chronic condition, inflammation in your body can be limiting at best and completely debilitating at worst. Research has shown that cannabis has excellent anti-inflammatory properties—similar to aspirin and other over-the-counter pain medications.

For chronic conditions that need ongoing treatment, people may find a mix of strains helps, using low-THC cannabis during the day when they need to stay clear headed but can still benefit from the general muscle relaxation and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, and stronger THC strains at night to help with sleeping.

Migraines and Headaches

Migraines and frequent headaches can affect a person’s ability to think, sleep and function. Cannabis, especially inhaled (smoking or vaporizing), can provide quick relief for pain, help sufferers get to sleep and, as a recent study indicated, help reduce the number of headaches experienced.

Finding the Right Cannabis Strain 

Cannabis strains, doses, and THC-to-CBD ratios can affect people differently. Always begin by having a conversation with your doctor. If it's decided cannabis can help, you may want to try a few different strains aimed at pain relief—or better yet, at your specific condition—starting with small doses and working your way up until you and your doctor determine what is best for you. 


Cannabinoids in the Management of Difficult to Treat Pain

Ethan B. Russo

Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2008


Smoke vs. Snack: Why Edible Marijuana is Stronger Than Smoking

Steven Wishnia

The Daily Beast, 2014


Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population

Danielle N. Rhyne, Sarah L. Anderson, Margaret Gedde and Laura M. Borgelt

Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, 2016