Could cannabis be the solution for migraines?

Posted on July 26 2016

Cannabis has been a well known anecdotal treatment for migraines for a long time, even Queen Victoria herself was said to be very fond of using cannabis tinctures for her menstrual cramps and migraines. For a long time we haven’t really known why cannabis treats migraines well, and we have’t actually known all that much about what causes migraines. 

A recent study from Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies at the University of Colorado looked at the effects of both eating and inhaling cannabis on people who suffer from migraines, with the results confirming what people had been suggesting for a long time. 

In the study of 121 people, the average number of migraines reduced by 50% each month, with 40% of those in the study reporting positive effects. 

20% of the people in the study claimed the medical cannabis helped to prevent their migraines, while 11.6% of people said that they thought the marijuana had prevented their migraines completely. 

Inhalation was most likely to give the fastest effects and stop migraines in their tracks, with edible cannabis taking somewhat longer and tended to induce sleepiness. 

Of course, cannabis is made up of a profile of over 400 active compounds and the next step is to work out which of these cannabinoids and strains are the best way to treat migraines. While it is hard to study the effects of cannabis at the moment, advances in testing will mean that in the future, there may be specific strains just for combatting migraines or other illnesses.

Does cannabis work to treat your migraines? Do you use it for anything else? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook. 



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