Cannabis Could Be Better For Migraines Than Pharmaceuticals: Study

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A new study conducted by researchers at the Interuniversity Center in Florence, Italy, suggests pills containing THC and CBD can reduce migraine pain by 43.5%. Additionally, the medication can help curb stomach-aches and muscle pain. The study involved 79 migraine and cluster headache sufferers who were given an oral dose of medication containing both THC and CBD over the course of three months. Those who suffered from cluster headaches received either  200mg THC-CBD or 25 mg amitriptyline, while migraine sufferers received 200 mg THC-CBD after the onset of acute pain.

Researchers determined the cannabinoid medication was slightly more effective at curbing the frequency and severity of cluster headaches by cutting incidents by 40.4%. In comparison, amitriptyline cut headaches by 40.1%. Cannabis also cut the severity of migraine pain by 43.5%. Lead researcher Dr. Maria Nicolodi explains, “We were able to demonstrate that cannabinoids are an alternative to established treatments in migraine prevention... That said, they are only suited for use in the acute treatment of cluster headaches in patients with a history of migraine from childhood on.”

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