By / November 29, 2019

The benefits of using cannabis for headaches and migraines

Many people use cannabis for headaches and migraines, and scientists are still studying the effectiveness of cannabinoids in the treatment of these common disorders.

In the most recent study, the researchers analyzed the short and long-term effects of cannabis use on headaches and migraines, using data from nearly 20,000 sessions during which people smoked cannabis to relieve symptoms. They discovered significant reductions in headache and migraine after cannabis use.

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How using cannabis for headaches helps with symptoms

In particular, the researchers concluded that the inhalation of cannabis smoke reduced headaches and migraines by half.

However, they noted different trends among women and men and the impact of tolerance, which over time changed the effectiveness of cannabis.

A new study on cannabis as a treatment for migraine and headache confirmed thousands of years of human experience and the latest trends in the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

According to recent reports, more than a third of medical cannabis users said they are using cannabis to treat headaches and migraines. These patients reported an average 3.6 point drop (out of 10) in headache levels after smoking cannabis.

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Study shows that the length and severity of headaches reduced after cannabis use. (Source)

Using cannabis for headaches and migraines means fewer painkillers

Another study found that 40% of the patients who got the doctors’ prescription to use cannabis for headaches reported positive results. For these patients, headaches and migraines were less severe, and the number of migraines decreased by six per month.

The patients found that cannabis was so effective in reducing the strength and frequency of headaches and migraines that they’re using far fewer painkillers.

Scientists are very carefully studying the analgesic properties of cannabis. One recent study found that cannabis compounds called flavonoids are 30 times more effective in treating pain than aspirin and ibuprofen.

Cannabis can reduce pain intensity better than over-the-counter painkillers, and can also reduce the use of these drugs and improve the quality of life.

Concentrates work better than dried flower for headache and migraine relief

Researchers have tried to find out more information on whether cannabis smoking reduces headaches and migraines. Additionally, they also wanted to understand how cannabis strains, THC and CBD, and doses have changed the severity and frequency of headaches.

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Dried flower might not be the best way for headache and migraine sufferers to medicate. (Source)

Scientists found that headache and migraine rates decreased by almost 50% after cannabis smoking. But they also noticed some other important things about cannabis as a cure for headaches and migraines.

First of all, the researchers concluded that although the smoking of flowers caused a significant reduction in headache, the use of concentrates was associated with a “much greater” reduction in pain.

This is a new discovery that scientists believe is an urgent call for further research.

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