It’s in the ancient history that marijuana can help treat migraines. In the 19th century, it was prescribed as a tincture by doctors. However, in the 1930s, the possibility of using cannabis as a headache reliever has been halted when it was prohibited.
Recent studies show that the active components in weed are more effective at reducing the frequency of acute migraine pain than prescription migraine meds, and with fewer side effects.
The results found out that those who received a 200mg of THC-CBD drug dose each day for three months experienced significantly less pain–about 55% less.
Because of its non-psychoactive effects, Cannabidiol (CBD) is less harmful than THC. CBD products are becoming more and more attractive as a medical substance to treat migraines.
CBD is an effective pain reliever because of its role as a fatty acid amide hydroxylase (FAAH) inhibitor. This enzyme breaks down anandamide in the body. By inhibiting its production, scientists believe that it could lead to higher levels of the pain relieving endocannabinoid; which would be of benefit to migraine sufferers.
However, there is a little clinical evidence to support these claims yet. Because of the constraints of the federal law, those few researches are just mildly scratching the surface of what might CBD can potentially do to get rid of headaches and migraines. One author claims that variations of marijuana strains should be put into test to see their different degree of pain relief. Marijuana’s effect on headache “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.”
As of late, CBD for headaches and migraines remains scientifically underexplored and untapped, with further research required. We could only rely on CBD users’ personal experience when it comes to it lessening the frequency and severity of migraines.