Intractable Pain


As defined by the state of Minnesota: a pain state where as the cause of pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated; and where no relief or cure of the cause of pain is possible, or no relief has been found after reasonable effort.

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How cannabis may help with intractable pain:

  • CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory agent; studies have reported CBD is anywhere from 4 to 20 times more potent than aspirin as an anti-inflammatory.

  • THC has shown to be effective at reducing sensations of pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea. It also may help increase appetite and improve patients’ quality and duration of sleep.

  • THC may cause drowsiness and dizziness, but CBD mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC. By using both THC and CBD, patients can receive the benefits of THC with less of a chance of undesired side effects, making it more likely patients can be active and productive during the day.

Unlike most opioid pain relievers, cannabis does not:

  • Cause constipation

  • Carry the risk of respiratory depression

  • Carry the risk of death or overdose

What qualifies as Intractable Pain?

Below is a list of common causes of pain. Please keep in mind this list is not exhaustive and there are many other pain conditions that fall under the umbrella of Intractable Pain. If you are wondering whether your condition may qualify you, we recommend speaking with your health care practitioner.

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