Migraines affect an incalculable number of adults and kids alike worldwide. In the United States alone, it’s estimated that around 30 million people are affected by migraine headaches. From distorted vision to nausea to the most excruciating pain, migraines can be a deeply life-affecting condition.
Despite being such a prevalent health complaint, we’re still largely in the dark as to the true cause of migraines. Not only have we no real idea where they come from or why, but there’s also no silver-bullet solution to the problem. They can be treated effectively in many cases, but no outright cure exists.
It therefore comes as little surprise to learn that a growing community of migraine sufferers worldwide is turning to medical cannabis to treat their condition. Medical cannabis has been recognised as an effective pain-reliever, anti-inflammatory agent and generally therapeutic organic treatment for a variety of conditions.
The question being – does medical cannabis genuinely and effectively work against migraines?
Cannabis Vs. Migraines
In terms of anecdotal evidence, it’s a pretty overwhelming story in favour of medical cannabis. Not only have millions brought medical cannabis into their on-going treatment programs, but the vast majority have reported experiencing significant relief.
For some, it’s a case of the pain and discomfort associated with migraines being quickly quelled or eradicated, when using medical cannabis for treatment. For others, medical cannabis has apparently been able to significantly reduce the severity and frequency of their migraine headaches. This would seem to suggest that medical cannabis is effective as both a preventative measure and a treatment for migraines already in progress.
On the scientific side of things, a relatively small-scale study was carried out on around 120 adults in 2016. Each of the participants was a migraine sufferer and was given either typical pharmaceutical treatments or medical cannabis.
According to the results, those who were prescribed cannabis saw a significant reduction in the number of migraines suffered each month. The average frequency was 10.4 monthly migraines prior to the study, which plummeted to 4.6 per month with regular use of medical cannabis.
However, the scientists behind the study stated that far more research would be needed to reach an outright conclusion. Along with uncertainty regarding the exact physiological effects of cannabis against migraine headaches, there were sizeable cause and effect factors to consider. The use of cannabis is associated with reductions in stress and anxiety, relief from insomnia, treatment of depression and so on. All of which are known triggers of migraines in many patients.
In any case, the results demonstrated a clear connection between the measured use of medical cannabis and a reduction in the frequency of migraine headaches. Inconclusive from a scientific perspective, but more than sufficient to convince patients worldwide to get on board with the medical pot movement.
So…Does it Work?
Until science tells us outright that medical cannabis can treat or prevent migraines, it would be irresponsible to suggest it’s the miracle cure millions have been waiting for. However, medical cannabis is considered one of the safest 100% organic treatments money can buy for a variety of conditions.
With little to no risk of side effects, it’s little wonder people are giving it a shot.
So it’s simple – if medical cannabis works for you, go for it. If it doesn’t, you won’t have lost anything by giving it a try.
If your migraines are having a negative impact on your life, it’s in your best interests to speak to your doctor for professional advice. But if you’re simply looking for an effective, self-administered treatment millions already swear by, medical cannabis could be it.