Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.
The symptoms will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Your attacks may differ in length and frequency. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraine can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives.
Medical Marijuana Efficacy
Recent research has shown that THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, inhibits the release of serotonin from the blood of migraine sufferers during an acute attack, reducing symptoms of pain.
Although further clinical research is needed, many patients are using medical marijuana safely and effectively to treat their migraine. As a result many patients have found that prescription medications with adverse side effects are no longer required.
Others have found that the other benefits of medical marijuana, like improved sleep and less stress and anxiety, reduce the frequency of their migraines.
Related Clinical Information to Migraine and Medical Cannabis
- Cluster attacks responsive to recreational cannabis and dronabinol.
- Cannabis for migraine treatment: the once and future prescription? An historical and scientific review.
- Cannabinoids block release of serotonin from platelets induced by plasma from migraine patients