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Can marijuana help treat migraines?

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Migraine headaches can be tough to treat. If your pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise don’t get better with over-the-counter or even prescription drugs, is there another option?

Marijuana might be one under-the-counter remedy for migraine relief. Some research shows that it may help ease migraine symptoms or possibly keep them from starting -- but most studies haven't found solid proof of that.

In some states, it isn’t even legal to buy, grow, own, or use marijuana, even for medical reasons. Make sure you find out about your state’s laws before trying it.

   

SOURCES:

   

National Headache Foundation: “Migraine.”

   

Baron, EP. . June 2015. Headache

   

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: “Medical Marijuana for the Treatment of Migraine Headaches: An Evidence Review.”

   

National Conference of State Legislatures: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

   

Manzanares, J. . July 2006. Current Neuropharmacology

   

Benbadis, S. . Published online Nov. 2014. Expert Reviews of Neurotherapeutics

   

Project CBD.org: “What Is CBD?”

   

Rhyne, D. . Jan. 2016. Pharmacotherapy

   

Americans for Safe Access: “Guide to Using Medical Cannabis.”

   

Degenhardt, L and Hall, WD. . June 2008. Canadian Medical Association Journal

   

National Association of Attorneys General: “The Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Employment Law.”

   

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol.”

   

State of Oregon: “Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana in the Workplace.”

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

   

SOURCES:

   

National Headache Foundation: “Migraine.”

   

Baron, EP. . June 2015. Headache

   

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: “Medical Marijuana for the Treatment of Migraine Headaches: An Evidence Review.”

   

National Conference of State Legislatures: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

   

Manzanares, J. . July 2006. Current Neuropharmacology

   

Benbadis, S. . Published online Nov. 2014. Expert Reviews of Neurotherapeutics

   

Project CBD.org: “What Is CBD?”

   

Rhyne, D. . Jan. 2016. Pharmacotherapy

   

Americans for Safe Access: “Guide to Using Medical Cannabis.”

   

Degenhardt, L and Hall, WD. . June 2008. Canadian Medical Association Journal

   

National Association of Attorneys General: “The Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Employment Law.”

   

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol.”

   

State of Oregon: “Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana in the Workplace.”

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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