Intense migraines can be a plague on a person’s life—it can sometimes feel like there is nothing they can do to stop it. Some of the popular ways to combat against migraines range from over-the-counter drugs to prescriptions medicine. Although these efforts can help take the edge off, they are sometimes not effective. New studies have found using medical marijuana to relieve painful migraines are much more effective than traditional medicine.

How Medical Marijuana Works

For thousands of years, marijuana has been used as a natural treatment for many medical issues and conditions. It has been found that it affects the body through cannabinoid receptors that are found in the body and other parts of the body. The plant alters how these receptors work and help mute pain signals. It can also help ease nausea, muscle spasms, and anxiety. Because there are so many health benefits for those who suffer from certain medical issues, many states are legalizing marijuana as a remedy.

There are two main compounds found in medical marijuana. The most widely known to the public is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that keeps people relaxed. The lesser-known compound found in the plant is cannabidiol (CBD) and helps ease the pain in the mind or body and even relieving seizures for those suffering from epilepsy without the intoxicated or disoriented feelings.

New Studies

Recent studies have found a new health benefit from medical marijuana. Those suffering from migraines, cluster headaches, and other severe headaches found that cannabis helped annihilate the pain of their symptoms. The study gathered 127 participants who suffered from chronic migraines and gave them medical marijuana with a combination of the two active compounds of THC and CBD. In the first phase of the study, participants that suffered from chronic migraines were given various doses of THC-CBD. By the end of the first phase, it was concluded who were given a 200mg dose every day for three months had significantly less pain.

The second phase of the study included participants suffering from chronic migraines as well as those who suffered from cluster headaches. During this phase, each was given different types of medication ranging from anti-depressants to marijuana treatment. By the end of the second phase, the study found that painful symptoms of both chronic migraines and cluster headaches were relieved most by the latter. Most participants reported having fewer migraine attacks and less muscle pain.

The Future in Medicine

More studies are finding how much cannabis can help for those suffering from chronic and painful medical conditions. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs can often be dangerous and present a lot of risks for patients. Medical marijuana can become an alternative and less risky pain reliever. As more and more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, medicine moves closer to finding a safe alternative to relieve pain or discomfort for those suffering from chronic pain or migraines.