Health & Wellness: Pain

Whether you’re recovering from an injury or dealing with pain from a chronic condition, many Canadians have found relief in cannabis.

People who turn to cannabis for pain relief can suffer from both acute and chronic conditions: everything from frequent migraines to nerve damage to persistent muscle tension. Studies have shown that both THC and CBD can be effective in managing pain1.

Whether your pain is caused by injury or by a chronic condition, inflammation in your body can be limiting at best and utterly debilitating at worst. Research has shown that cannabis has excellent anti-inflammatory properties2—similar to aspirin and other over-the-counter pain medications.

Chronic Pain

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 frequent headaches can affect a person’s ability to function. Cannabis, especially inhaled, can provide quick relief for pain or help sufferers get to sleep. For on-going care and migraine prevention, a recent study indicated regular consumption, especially with cannabis oils, helped reduce the number of headaches experienced3.


1. Current Neuropharmacology

J. Manzanares, M.D. Julian and A. Carrascosa


2. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Ethan B Russo


3. Pharmacotherapy

Danielle N. Rhyne, Sara L. Anderson, Margaret Gedde, Laura M. Borelt