Information for people with "insufferable" pain. I knew it all the time. Does Cannabis Truly Help Chronic Pain? A large study stretching over a 4-year period challenges popular beliefs, as it finds “no evidence” that cannabis use improves the symptoms of chronic pain. More and more people are taking prescription opioids for pain management, making the phenomenon “an emerging public health concern globally.” Of all the countries in the world, North America has the “proportionally highest” use of prescription opioids. Due to opioids’ side effects and highly addictive nature, researchers and patients alike are now turning to medical marijuana, or cannabis, as a potentially safer alternative. Read more Does Cannabis Truly Help Chronic Pain?