Can Medical Marijuana Help Migraine Sufferers?

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Migraines are a specific type of chronic and extremely painful headache that can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Migraine pain is difficult to manage, but now studies suggest cannabis may serve as a safe and effective treatment option for these symptoms due to the fact it has relatively tolerable side effects in comparison with the conventional pharmaceuticals currently available. In addition, cannabis is unique in that it not only relieves the pain of an ongoing migraine, but it also acts as a preventative agent for future migraines. According to the neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, "At any point in the migraine, [patients] could use cannabis by smoking, vaporizer, etc., and about 80% of these people get significant or total relief... And, if someone has a chronic migraine, daily use in whatever form will often lead to a complete remission."

There is still a large amount of research left to be desired for determining which strains and doses work best for combatting the symptoms of a migraine. Until then, our app allows patients to document the specifics of their dosing regimen so they can keep track of their medication and better understand how each component of their regimen influences the efficacy of the medication. This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.