An exciting new study has confirmed that cannabis could reduce the pain, severity, and length of migraines!
A new study that has only just come out in the Journal of Pain has found that cannabis could be an effective treatment of the pain and symptoms associated with migraines. The study discovered that using cannabis effectively reduced the length and severity of migraines by almost 50%.
The study, which was conducted by a group of researchers at Washington State University, sampled the effects of using cannabis or cannabis products on migraines and headaches among almost 2000 adult participants.
The results of this study are extremely promising to those that have to live with debilitating migraines regularly. It also highlights how far behind medical science is when it comes to the potential health benefits of cannabis.
What Are Migraines?
Migraines are a type of headache which causes severe throbbing pain and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can last anywhere from four to seventy-two hours.
The results of the study are good news for anyone that has ever had to try and manage the pain and disruption, which comes with frequent migraine attacks. Migraines can make it hard to hold down full-time employment and also enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Migraine Pain Relief
The data from the study found that during severe migraine episodes, the pain associated with migraines was dramatically reduced. They found that people who were experiencing the most pain during a migraine received the most relief from using cannabis or cannabis products.
This data is very important because extreme migraine pain is extremely difficult to treat and almost impossible using regular prescription pain medication. The study found that even in extreme cases, cannabis use helped to relieve some of the pain associated with the migraine.
Data that resulted from the study also found some other interesting and important information. The data suggested that regardless of the strain or type of cannabis, CBD/THC ratios, or dosages, the cannabis was still effective.
Cannabis Flower Versus Cannabis Concentrates
What was even more surprising in the data that was collected during the 16-month study was that people who smoked cannabis flowers needed to increase their dosage amounts over time. However, people that used cannabis concentrates on their migraine symptoms were more likely to reduce the amount they used over time while still achieving the same results.
The authors of the study believe that the other phytocannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis flower aren’t always present in cannabis concentrates. They believe that the absence of these other compounds prevents them from blocking the effects of the cannabinoids, which target the migraine effects.
What does this mean? It means that you don’t necessarily build up a tolerance to cannabis over extended periods, but different cannabinoids affect the way that cannabis interacts with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system.
Data Collection Sources
It’s extremely difficult to get any clinical studies or the cannabis required to conduct clinical studies approved. The authors of the study collected anonymous data from 1,959 medical cannabis patients in Canada that used the Strainprint application.
The Strainprint application gives users the ability to track how much cannabis they are using, the dosages, and how cannabis helps or doesn’t help alleviate their symptoms. By using Canadian medical marijuana patients, the authors of the study were better able to monitor the different strains of cannabis being used because Health Canada strictly monitors the licenses for medical cannabis.
Key Study Conclusions
Unfortunately, there are only very limited studies that have been undertaken into the potential health effects of cannabis, which doesn’t allow for many comparisons. The key findings of the study were:
• Patients involved in the study found that cannabis did lessen the severity and duration of migraines and also headaches.
• Smoked cannabis concentrate had a more powerful effect than the smoked flower.
• THC/CBD ratio didn’t appear to play a big role in the effectiveness of cannabis.
• No risks of overdose were detected during the study.
It’s important to take all information from this study in the way it was intended as information only and not as medical advice. You must speak with your doctor or healthcare provider before stopping, altering, or starting a new medication.