Chalk up another victory for medical marijuana. Researchers from the University of Colorado have just published a report in the journal Pharmacotherapy investigating whether or not cannabis has any effect on those who regularly suffer from severe migraines.
And, not surprisingly for those already aware of the herb’s incredible health properties, the outcome was undeniably positive.
In the study, scientists gathered data from 121 adults who’d been diagnosed with migraine level headaches and who had been “recommended migraine treatment or prophylaxis with medical marijuana by a physician.”
After tracking the outcomes of these patients’ treatments, researchers found that “migraine headache frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month with the use of medical marijuana.”
I don’t know about you, but those look like some pretty impressive numbers. Cannabis literally reduced the number of migraines these people experienced by more than 50 percent.
And not only did participants in the study report having fewer migraines, they also said that when they did have migraines, marijuana helped them cope with the pain.
“Inhaled forms of marijuana were commonly used for acute migraine treatment and were reported to abort migraine headache,” the researchers wrote.
The outcomes were so positive, in fact, that the authors of the study strongly recommended that further, more detailed studies be carried out so we can better figure out how to harness the full potential of cannabis.
“Prospective studies should be conducted to explore a cause-and-effect relationship and the use of different strains, formulations, and doses of marijuana to better understand the effects of medical marijuana on migraine headache treatment and prophylaxis,” they concluded.
None of this comes as much surprise to the cannabis world, since those of us who puff, vape, eat, or use some other form of ganja are already intimately familiar with the many benefits of bud.
But on a broader level this study is extremely important, as it adds to the growing mountain of scientific evidence supporting the medicinal use of cannabis.