Marijuana Treats Migraine Pain Better Than Prescription Medication, Study Finds

Marijuana research shows no signs of slowing down. Its latest find? A study presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology has confirmed that the active compounds in cannabis can reduce the frequency of acute migraine pain. These compounds actually work better than prescription migraine medication and have fewer side effects.

The study involved 127 participants with chronic migraines or cluster headaches. Cluster headaches are characterized by severe headaches that occur on one side of the head, particularly around the eye (1). On the other hand, migraine pain often entails light sensitivity and nausea and affects both sides of your head (2).

Cannabis for Migraines

The oral medication used in the study contained two cannabis-derived cannabinoids: 19% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 9% cannabidiol (CBD). THC, or course, is psychoactive and creates the famous “high” recreational users crave. It’s also incredibly healing. CBD, on the other hand, isn’t psychoactive and is the best known for treating cancer and managing seizures in epileptic children and adults (3).

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