Can Marijuana Help Treat Migraines?

 Photo Credit: Leaf Science

Photo Credit: Leaf Science

Migraines are headaches that consist of severe pain and last for an extended period of time. In addition to pain, migraines can increase sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, as well as produce nausea and vomiting. Most information surrounding the use of medical marijuana for migraines is anecdotal, but one formal study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy in 2016 found regular consumption of cannabis decreased migraine frequency from 10.4 migraines a month to 4.6. The study surveyed 121 adults with migraines from 2010 to 2014, all of whom were prescribed medical marijuana and who attended a minimum of one follow-up appointment.

Patients self-reported their consumption method and dosage frequency, in which researchers were able to determine the mean monthly dosage per patient was 2.64 oz of vaporized cannabis, 2.59 oz of edibles, 2.73 oz of topical applications, and 1.59 oz of smoked marijuana. Patients preferred vaporizing or smoking cannabis because it is easier to dose and offers quick relief, whereas edible are harder to measure and take longer to reach maximum effect. Improvements can be made for future studies. More data is desired on the types of cannabis use and the dosage, patients needed to consistently fill out their forms, and some patients were excluded from the study for not attending follow-up appointments.

At CannaBest Medical, the anonymous self-reported data you submit contributes to our research databank where we are able to determine how patients are using medical marijuana to successfully treat their symptoms. We hope you remember to document your dose by completely filling out the form in the journaling section of our app while the information is still fresh in your mind. This will not only help you to keep track of what works or doesn't work for your specific symptoms, but it will also be used to influence our guidelines which will help patients who don't know where to begin. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.