Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain

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I’ve been talking medical marijuana for chronic pain since my fibromyalgia misdiagnosis. And even more frequently since my brain tumor diagnosis. There are many patients who use cannabis to manage chronic pain, and with the move to reclassify it at the federal level, you might be wondering if and how it could help you.

Marijuana for Chronic Pain Relief

If you suffer from chronic pain, there probably isn’t much you won’t try, at least once.

For me, edibles work best. The effects aren’t immediate, but they are stronger and last longer than smoking. And, at least around here, they are less expensive than patches. 

You might want to experiment, though. Because every body experiences medical cannabis differently.

I have tried medical marijuana in various forms: flower, vape, edibles, tinctures, patches. Most people who ask me want to know what’s best for their chronic pain. They want to try it too. But it doesn’t work like that.

Just like different bodies react differently to prescription drugs, different bodies react differently to different types of medical marijuana. Experiment to see what works best for you.

Blog: The First Time I Got High

THC and CBD: The Basics

CBD isn’t psychoactive, but does provide pain relief for some chronic pain patients. THC is the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. It’s what gets you high.

Knowing that, you can experiment with different ratios to find what you get the greatest benefit from.

I need a little THC in my cannabutter brownies, but you might not.

Recipe: How to Make Crock Pot Cannabutter 

Indica vs. Sativa

I keep saying this, but you really need to try them both and see what’s best for you. Anyone who says they’ve got it all figured out is blowing smoke up your ass.


Indica works best for me. It relaxes me and helps me sleep, whereas sativa makes me jittery and a little bit paranoid. And this is, for the most part, the key difference I learned when I was starting out as a medical marijuana patient:

Indica is calming and Sativa is motivating.

I’ve heard from some budtenders that the difference is made up though. So am I just a victim of marketing? Maybe. But if I know what works and I know what I prefer, I don’t need to know why.

Vlog: Emily Makes Cannabutter


This stuff makes me feel weird, which might be better than hurting? It’s not marijuana. It’s derived from hemp though, a relative of the marijuana plant. It’s marketed pretty heavily for mail order and in states where medical and recreational marijuana are still illegal. If it helps you and keeps you out of jail? I say go for it. 

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Should You Try Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain?

You’ll notice a recurring theme in this post, and it’s that your mileage may vary. Dispensary employees and health experts can guide you, but in the end you’ll still have to decide what’s best for you.

The good news is it’s generally pretty safe to try medical marijuana for chronic pain, no matter what Nancy Regan told my generation. (Ask your doctor if you have concerns though please.)

Even if you don’t like it, the discomfort will pass. Just be cognizant of the time delay for effects, including pain relief, if you’re taking edibles with THC.

If you’ve got questions or useful tips to share, put ’em in the comments. I’m no expert. I just know what it feels like not knowing where to start.

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