Having a headache is bad. Having a migraine is worse, even more so if they’re regularly reoccurring. They can last for hours or sometimes days, and cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, noise, smell, or touch, and some experience visual disturbances. Cannabis is known for its medicinal properties as a pain reliever, and anti nausea medication. But does cannabis help with migraines?
We should all hope so, because all of these symptoms can be so severe that they actually disable migraine sufferers. Migraines are the 6th most disabling illness in the world. It affects more than 1 billion people worldwide, including 39 million people in the United States. It is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. That’s a lot of people suffering from migraines who may be able to find relief in cannabis.
With migraines being such a widespread problem, researchers have been looking into effective treatments for quite some time. A recent 2020 study concluded that continued use of medical cannabis reduced migraine frequency in more than 60% of the study’s 145 participants. Not only does medical cannabis seem to be able to produce a long lasting reduction of migraine occurrence in adults, it was also noted to decrease the need for other migraine medication and reduced overall disability.
A 2019 study also showed similar positive results in the use of cannabis for migraines. According to their research, headache and migraine ratings saw a 50% reduction after consuming cannabis. The study also found that the use of cannabis concentrates was resulted in larger reductions in headache and migraine ratings, when compared to the use of cannabis flower.
These are just two examples of the rapidly advancing research in cannabis medicine. The results of science are quickly pointing to the effectiveness of cannabis as a medicine, with the potential to treat a wide array of medical conditions, including headaches and migraines. For those of us who may be among the many migraine sufferers whose symptoms are disabling, cannabis seems to offer a beacon of hope.
It’s also good to know that science suggests the use of cannabis concentrates, instead of cannabis flower, may be a good idea the next time you have a headache or a migraine. Be careful if you’ve never consumed cannabis concentrates before. Rich in concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes, concentrates are very potent, often with high percentages of THC or CBD. These high percentages of cannabinoids could potentially be why they seem to reduce headaches and migraines so well. What we do know, is that cannabis is likely to help with migraines.