Patients with Migraines May Get Help from Medical Marijuana

New research published in Pharmacotherapy has found that migraine sufferers could find relief in medical marijuana. The study included 121 people who suffer from regular migraines and were treated with medical marijuana between January 2010 and September 2014. Both inhaled and edible marijuana were tested on the subjects. Inhaled marijuana seemed to be the preferred method of migraine sufferers who wanted to treat current headaches, and edibles were preferred by those trying to prevent headaches.

The researchers found that a majority of participants (103) said they had a decrease in their monthly migraines. Some participants (15) said there was no change in their monthly migraines, and fewer (3) participants reported an increase in headaches. The number of migraines among sufferers fell overall from 10.4 to 4.6 per month, which is statistically and clinically significant. One of the researchers, Laura Borgelt, cautioned however, “Like any drug, marijuana has potential benefits and potential risks. It's important for people to be aware that using medical marijuana can also have adverse effects.” The immediate results of this study, nonetheless, are promising.

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