New Research on Cannabis Use for Headache Reduction

New Research on Cannabis Use for Headache Reduction

A research undertaken by Washington State University showed that cannabis lowers headache and migraine intensity by almost 50%. 

The research showed that marijuana didn't cause a headache from its overuse, which is common with more traditional treatments. The downside of marijuana use is that the patients tended to increase their dose over time.

A very limited amount of studies on this subject have been conducted before, especially against the backdrop of how many people claim to manage this condition by smoking cannabis. Unlike other similar studies that were published earlier, this research used real-time data. In the previous studies, headache patients were asked about their experience in the past.

How Research on Headache Reduction by Cannabis Was Conducted

Data was taken from a symptom tracking application used to analyze conditions before and after consuming cannabis. The data came from more than 1900 people who tracked their symptoms through the app more than 19000 times. They tracked how their headache and migraine changed after using cannabis.

Main Results of This Study

Marijuana buds were found to be less effective in headache and migraine relief than cannabis oil and other concentrates.

THC and CBD levels didn't affect the results much, which means that terpenes or various cannabinoids other than THC and CBD play a pivotal role in headache and migraine reduction. 


Cannabis is excellent at soothing headaches and migraines. The researchers hope that more studies on alleviation of headache by cannabis will take place in the future, including ones employing placebo-controlled groups.

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