Chronic Pain is the most common requested qualifying condition for a medical cannabis recommendation in the State of Ohio for approximately two-thirds of all registrants. Chronic Pain is defined as pain persisting past normal healing time, lasting or recurring for more than 3 to 6 months, and pain occurring in addition to the pain of the original health condition. Pain can be a significant component of any of the other qualifying conditions and is associated with secondary symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting. Though these symptoms are not qualifying conditions in themselves, they are often relieved with the use of medical cannabis.

The Ohio State Medical Board has confirmed that arthritis, migraines, and chronic regional pain syndrome are covered under the qualifying condition of pain. Many other diagnoses can cause chronic pain. The following chart lists just a few of them:

Other rare causes of chronic pain include*:

Adiposis dolorosa

Dercum’s Disease


Central Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

De Quervain’s Disease

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia

Klippel Feil syndrome


Palindromic rheumatism

Paroxysmal extreme pain disorder

Parsonage Turner syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Tic doloreux


Gaucher’s Disease


*Plus many others

To qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation using PAIN as the primary Qualifying Condition, the medical record must specify a diagnosis or condition that is the cause of this symptom.