Tech Times reports that scientists have produced proof that smoking pot can cure migraines. Regretfully, the study didn’t look into CBD oil for migraines, but an SF Gate survey seems to indicate that using CBD oil for migraines would be effective too.
Reporting on a study published in the journal ‘Pharmacotherapy’, science journalists say that there’s now positive proof that cannabis reduces the frequency of migraines. The figures cited are certainly compelling. Of the 121 patients studied, 103 said they had migraines less often, while 15 said it didn’t make any difference and 3 said they had migraines more often.
Researchers found that inhalation provides rapid relief
The researchers say that inhalation worked better than using edibles because the cannabinoids are able to act faster. There’s no delay in getting the cannabinoids into the blood-stream. Lead author of the study, Danielle Rhyne told Tech Times that some patients experienced truly remarkable results, with some who claimed to have experienced 15 migraines per month, reporting a reduction to one or two incidents monthly.
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Why do cannabinoids work?
Tech times says that earlier research has linked migraines to an endocannabinoid deficiency. These cannabinoids, produced in the human body, regulate a wide range of processes and are not yet fully understood. As we so often find, scientists who use psychoactive marijuana in their studies warn against adopting its use without first considering potential side-effects or long-term harm.
That begs the question: if THC-rich marijuana helps migraine sufferers, what about CBD oil? After all, even the National Institute on Drug Abuse has noted that across 25 studies it reviewed no significant side effects were detected. Compare that with THC, which is believed to have significant potential for harm, and CBD seems to be an attractive alternative.
Poll says CBD oil for migraines works
Admittedly, a poll isn’t the same thing as a clinical trial, but SF Gate’s poll results are nonetheless interesting. 100% of those who responded to survey questions about headaches and migraines said that CBD oil provided relief.
When one considers that there are many possible causes of migraines, and that these differ from person to person, the poll’s results are nothing short of amazing. Many migraine sufferers struggle to find conventional medicines that help them, often resorting to strong pain killers. If cannabinoids really can reduce the frequency as well as the intensity of migraines, a significant advance in pain management has been made.
How will the new information be used?
The research team says it believes it has uncovered sufficient evidence for states with medical marijuana programs to consider when deciding on the list of ailments for which medical cannabis can be prescribed. And researchers hope that their report will be used by future researchers who are investigating the effects of cannabinoids on pain.
Although the many potential uses for THC should be acknowledged, we hope to see comparative studies that will determine whether CBD oil for migraines is as effective, thereby allowing doctors and migraine sufferers to make informed choices on treatment options.