Question: Asalamu alaikum, My dad has gout on both feet resulting in a lot of pain. He has prescription medications, but none seem to ease his pain. Can he use a topical cream with marijuana in it to alleviate the pain?
Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.
I pray you are well.
In all likeliness, the cream will contain CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana but lacks the psychoactive element that intoxicates anyone who consumes it. The use of this cream is permissible.
Even if marijuana itself was to be used in the production of the cream its use would be permissible – provided it did not lead to intoxication – as the plant is not impure intrinsically.
Remind him to turn to Allah before taking any medication, and to ask Allah to completely heal him. He can also pray to be directed to a permanent cure. That’s not difficult for Allah.
May Allah grant you all the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.