Shingles is characterized as a painful rash that occurs as a result of an infection by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that is responsible for chickenpox. Shingles first start out with a slight tingling or burning sensation, which can last for a few days before the first sign of the rash appears. Shingles may also cause symptoms such as pain in the abdomen, chills, stiffening of the facial muscles, headaches, impaired hearing, pain in the joints, and swollen glands. For many of these symptoms that don’t require immediate medical attention, marijuana may be beneficial. Marijuana can be especially useful for easing the discomfort associated with shingles.