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What are legal issues concerning using marijuana to treat migraines?

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Marijuana is legal for medical use in more than half the states in the U.S., but each state has different laws about how you can buy it or how much you can have. In several states, it’s still illegal to have it even if you have a medical problem that it could treat.

If you have a job, it’s a good idea to know your employer’s rules around drug testing and use, even if it’s legal for medical use in your state. Tests can tell if you have marijuana in your system -- and it can stay there up to 30 days after you've used 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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