Researchers from the University of Arizona, U.S., published a study suggesting medical cannabis could be a potential migraine treatment. They believe that medical cannabis can help lower a person’s migraine frequency per month and reduce nausea and vomiting associated with migraine attacks.
For their study, the research team reviewed 12 publications that included almost 2,000 participants aged 18 and older, residing in Italy and the United States. Having analyzed the available data, the team found that medical cannabis was around 50% more effective in reducing migraine than non-cannabis treatments.
Dr. Medhat Mikhael, a pain management specialist and medical director of the non-operative program at the Spine Health Center at Memorial Care Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, says: “(We) know that medical cannabis can be effective in the treatment of migraine,” he explained. “The study showed that patients that used it showed fewer monthly migraine days and (it also helped) with some acute episodes. That pinpoints that medical cannabis can be used for prevention of migraine and can be used also as an abortive measure for acute migraine.”