Migraines, a painful condition that can be treated with cannabinoids
Suffering from migraines from can be very exhausting. In the world it is estimated that there are about 1 billion people (1 person out of 6) suffering from migraines.
For example in France, more than 10 million people suffer from migraines, this number makes up almost 15% of the population.
Migraines are a particular type of headache. They are an illness that manifest in the head and eyes and they can last several hours or days. In more serious cases migraines can last weeks or even months, it varies from person to person.
The benefits of using cannabis for migraines
With the increasing number of studies and research into medicinal cannabis, we are becoming more aware of its success in treating symptoms for a large number of illnesses, which is what is happening in the case of migraines. Here are some of the beneficial effects it has on migraines:
- Analgesic properties: It acts as the most beneficial property of cannabis on migraines. The CBD can relieve the intense pain that is often experienced by patients.
- Anti-emetic properties (anti-vomiting): Nausea is a side effect of migraines, CBD will reduce the nausea and vomiting, exactly how it works for chemotherapy.
- Prevention: As well as being an analgesic for intense pain, CBD, if it is absorbed just as the first symptoms appear, will completely neutralise the attack.
- Anti-tremor properties: This concerns those who suffer from chronic migraines, who develop frequent motion disorders called essential tremors. As with Parkinson’s disease, the consumption of cannabis can have the power to reduce abnormal movements.
On the 9th January for the first time researchers developed a study* (published in May 2016) about the benefits of medicinal marijuana for migraines. Of the 121 migraine sufferers who were studied, 103 reported that they’re migraine had subsided after consuming marijuana. Overall, there was a significant decrease in the frequency of migraines from 10.4 per month to 4.6 among the patients being studied. This is the first time that this claim has been backed up by scientific evidence.
*To find out more about the study, follow this link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26749285
As research continues and attention increases, cannabis will continue to be used as an effective treatment for many diseases.