Chronic Migraines

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Reader Request: Is medical marijuana a potential treatment for chronic migraines?

As most of you can attest, migraine headaches can be very painful and debilitating. According to the migraine research foundation, migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, affecting over 1 billion people worldwide. Commonly prescribed medications for migraines are oftentimes ineffective, which has patients and clinicians alike looking for other promising treatments. Luckily, studies and anecdotal evidence is beginning to show that marijuana may be an effective treatment for chronic migraine sufferers.

Are there any studies to show that marijuana helps with migraines?

While there are no definitive clinical trials to confirm marijuana’s effectiveness on migraines, the anecdotal effects of marijuana on migraines has been well documented over the centuries. As we discussed in our endocannabinoid article, the body has receptors called CB1 receptors that are located in the central nervous system where migraines manifest. These receptors, when activated mainly by THC, have the ability to modulate pain and reduce inflammation. Because of this, scientists and clinicians have been focusing on marijuana as a potential treatment for neurological conditions, such as migraines. This may be due to the fact that THC has been show to have 20 times the anti-inflammatory effects when compared to aspirin

What type of marijuana appears to help with migraines the best?

In a recent study, patients suffering from migraines and who were treating it with marijuana found that chemovars (i.e. marijuana plan strains) with higher THC content seemed to help their symptoms better than lower THC plants. These plants usually have a higher ratio of THC to CBD, and are rich in terpenes such a beta-caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene, and humulene just to name a few.

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