Medical Marijuana & Migraines
A growing body of research is clearly showing that medical marijuana is a potent treatment for migraines, cluster headaches, and similar conditions. While the underlying causes of these types of headaches is an area of active investigation, there is some consensus that the pain-modulating role of the endocannabinoid system plays a part in medical marijuana’s effect. Additionally, studies of animal models suggest that CB2 receptors outside of the central nervous system play a specific role in the perception of pain. A study in Pharmacotherapy clearly shows that there is a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of headaches, inhaled medical cannabis can abort an ongoing headache in many people, and far fewer side effects are observed by inhaled prescription cannabis compared to edible cannabis products. Still another study shows that THC and CBD together can be more effective in treating migraine headaches, than even currently available treatments.