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Does marijuana work for migraines?

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More research is necessary, but in a study at the University of Colorado, 121 people who got regular migraine headaches used marijuana daily to prevent attacks. About 40% of them said the number of migraine headaches they got each month was cut in half. The people used different types of marijuana, but they mostly inhaled it to ease a migraine in progress and found that it did help stop the pain. Edible products didn’t seem to work as well.

The people who inhaled or smoked marijuana also said it was easier to control the amount of the drug they took in, and they had fewer negative reactions.

   

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 Lawrence C. Newman on August 16, 2017

   

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 Lawrence C. Newman on August 16, 2017

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