With more and more states passing medical marijuana laws, more scientific studies about how cannabis helps certain disorders have been completed. Most recently, an article was published in the US National Library of Medicine that compiles everything that is known about how cannabis relieves migraines.
The human body has cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. There are specific cannabinoid receptors in the head and neck that directly affect the brain’s systems that cause migraines. When you use cannabis products, it goes through these cannabinoid receptors and relieves the pain of migraines. The migraine will still be present, but it will be much less painful so you can work through your day.
There have been a lot of studies done in recent years as to the effects of cannabis with migraine patients. The researchers used information from previous studies, which narrowed down the processes that cause migraines. They then monitored these processes with and without use of cannabis. The results of the studies show that cannabis can relieve the pain of migraines in most patients.
Most of the studies that have been done about cannabis and migraines have not included placebo controlled studies. Until cannabis is federally legal, most of the research done cannot be published in any medical journal in the country. More research is being done each year to determine just how cannabis helps relieve migraine pain, and how it can be used in other medical applications.
If you have chronic headaches or migraines, you might consider cannabis over pharmaceuticals. Cannabis works for both acute migraine symptoms and to prevent them from ever occurring. While most pharmaceuticals for migraines are either acute or preventative, cannabis takes the need for multiple medications off the table.