Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population
Confirming observations of marijuana doctors a new study is showing that marijuana can both reduce the frequency and the pain of migraines. Building upon the work of researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado, the
Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy published the results of a study on the potential effects of cannabinoids on serotonin in the central nervous system and the ability of marijuana to be a therapeutic alternative. Rhyne et al. found that migraine headache frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month (p<0.0001) with the use of medical marijuana. They also found that inhaled forms of marijuana were commonly used for acute migraine treatment and were reported to abort migraine headaches. Dosage control was a negative side-effect reported by patients using edibles. The researchers conclude that more data needs to be gathered on the most effective methods of taking and dosing cannabis. With the availability of tinctures and micro-dosed products speaking to a marijuana doctor about these findings is an important first step in determining of marijuana is right for a patient. To learn more about this research please see the article in Pharmacotherapy: Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population.