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Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Migraine Frequency

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 5, 2017

    mj_researchThe prolonged daily administration of cannabinoids is associated with a reduction in migraine headache frequency, according to clinical trial data presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology.

    Italian researchers compared the efficacy of oral cannabinoid treatments versus amitriptyline – an anti-depressant commonly prescribed for migraines – in 79 chronic migraine patients over a period of three months. Subjects treated daily with a 200mg dose of a combination of THC and CBD achieved a 40 percent reduction in migraine frequency – a result that was similar to the efficacy of amitriptyline therapy.

    Subjects also reported that cannabinoid therapy significantly reduced acute migraine pain, but only when taken at doses above 100mg. Oral cannabinoid treatment was less effective among patients suffering from cluster headaches.

    “We were able to demonstrate that cannabinoids are an alternative to established treatments in migraine prevention,” researchers concluded.

    Some five million Americans are estimated to experience at least one migraine attack per month, and the condition is the 19th leading cause of disability worldwide.

    According to retrospective data published last year in the journal Pharmacotherapy, medical cannabis consumption is often associated with a significant decrease in migraine frequency, and may even abort migraine onset in some patients.

    A just published review of several studies and case-reports specific to the use of cannabis and cannabinoids in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research concludes: “[I]t appears likely that cannabis will emerge as a potential treatment for some headache sufferers.”

    An abstract of the study, “Cannabinoids suitable for migraine prevention,” appears online here.

    6 Responses to “Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Migraine Frequency”

    1. Mark Mitcham says:

      This health information is unlikely to persuade any Trumpcare Republicans to our cause, because they have already made it crystal clear that they don’t give a fuck whether we live or die!

      • Julian says:

        More aptly, Mark, Republicans, by vast majority, are the source of the mass-migraines in question and the medical efficacy to treat those migraines with marijuana is cutting into their profits on amitryptoline.

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          Yes, you need cannabis to simply process the horrors without mentally blowing a fuse! But I am going to continue to call it like I see it…

    2. Judy says:

      Is is true that the Trump admin is against legalizing cannabis for medical purposes in all states?

      [Paul Armentano responds: His US Attorney General is.]

    3. Dustin says:

      Well now I’ve realized I haven’t had one of my usual migraines in months.

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