Marijuana is a cure for cancer, depression and now migraines!
A research study finds the active compounds in marijuana to be more effective at lowering both the frequency and severity of acute migraines than any available prescription migraine drugs, and with far fewer side effects too. Migraines and cluster headaches affect billions of people worldwide, and now we have conclusive evidence that it is possible to treat them safely.
Marijuana for Migraines
The study involved analyzing 127 participants. Some suffered from severe migraines, while others were enduring cluster headaches, which is chronic head pain that typically occurs on one side, usually around the eye. Migraines affect both sides of the head, and nausea and light sensitivity often accompany them. The pain of both is debilitating and can drastically reduce quality of life in those who get them often.
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Researchers administered marijuana-based medication to participants. It contained two active cannabis compounds, namely cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in marijuana plants. THC is what makes you high. It is the psychoactive compound in weed. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and does not make you stoned, but it does contain a myriad of therapeutic benefits.
As a medicine, CBD is powerful enough to relieve epileptic seizures in even the worst known cases. Researchers conducted this study in two stages. In the first phase, those battling acute, chronic migraines received various doses of THC and CBD. The findings showed a 55 percent reduction in pain among those who took 200 milligrams every day for three months. Lower doses were not as effective.
In the second stage, researchers included those fighting cluster headaches. Migraine victims received either THC and CBD or 25 milligrams of amitriptyline, a common antidepressant prescribed to treat migraines. Those with cluster headaches took both CBD and THC, or 80 milligrams of verapamil, which is a common calcium blocker medication frequently prescribed to treat cluster headaches.
Treating Migraines with Marijuana
Results of this study showed that those who took THC and CBD experienced fewer migraine attacks than those who took prescription drugs. Furthermore, the THC-CBD groups enjoyed immense relief from migraine pain, significantly more than the groups swallowing pharmaceuticals did. In fact, CBD lowered the severity of attacks by as much as 43.5 percent.
Results were similar in cluster headache sufferers, who also benefited more from THC and CBD than prescription narcotics. However, this was only true for those who had a childhood history of migraines. The side-effect profile also showed interesting results. It quickly became clear that participants taking CBD and THC experienced significantly less discomfort than those taking prescription medications.
The THC and CBD groups suffered less muscle pain and stomach aches. There were also fewer incidences of colitis. The prescription pill swallowers endured all of these side effects, and much more severely too. However, there was a downside for those taking marijuana: Some had trouble concentrating and complained of drowsiness.
The study supports previous research that also finds medical marijuana an effective treatment for reducing migraine frequency, and it reinforces a bevy of other scientific findings indicating that cannabis compounds are much safer than prescription medications. Several clinical trials are underway to establish if marijuana could replace opioids as go-to painkillers and lesson dependence on them.
These trials are still incomplete. Although it will take time for science to uncover all the mysteries of marijuana, it is very encouraging that mainstream research is actively discovering the medicinal potential of cannabis compounds. Because the upsides are potentially gigantic, such as lowering opioid addiction rates, it is crucial that research continues unabated.
About the contributing author:
John Levy is a cannabis enthusiast and researcher. Currently, he is working with Pot Valet – a leading company providing marijuana delivery in California. John loves to share the unknown health benefits and research oriented work about cannabis with others.