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Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Chronic Conditions Managed with Medical Cannabis

Pain relief is the most cited reason for using medical cannabis. Most states that have legalized medical cannabis have a list of specific conditions that are eligible for a physician recommendation. These conditions are called qualifying conditions. Generally, qualifying conditions are determined by state appointed medical boards that are then signed into law.

Qualifying conditions are typically characterized by chronic pain with one or more of these symptoms:

  • Severe nausea
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Wasting syndrome (severe weight or muscle loss)