Finally, I have some documentation to share with you about the efficacy of cannabis for migraines. We see it and hear from our clients almost daily about the "life changing" results of consuming CBD. One of those is headaches, specifically migraines.
A study from the University of Colorado, published in Parmacotherapy, showed that the frequency of migraines in patients who used cannabis dropped from 10.4 per month to 4.6—a number that’s both statistically and clinically significant. The study’s senior author, Professor Laura Borgelt, said “There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better.” Borgelt and her team reached their conclusion after reviewing the medical charts of 121 patients collected over a four-year period. A large majority of subjects experienced some reduction in headaches: 85 percent reported a decrease, while 12 percent had no change, and only a small, but unfortunate 2.5 percent experienced more migraines.
While this is good news, the study only looked at the effects of cannabis on migraine and not the biochemistry of how it achieves them. “We believe serotonin plays a role in migraine headaches, but we are still working to discover the exact role of cannabinoids in this condition,” Borgelt said.
Secondary findings showed that different cannabis delivery routes had different strengths: Inhalation, is one of the quickest for onset, generally within 2 minutes was best for treating acute migraines. On the other hand, sublingual and edibles, which have a longer onset, helped prevent headaches.