New research from Washington State University (WSU) suggests that cannabis could be used to effectively help treat headaches.
According to KTVH, the study shows that inhaled cannabis can reduce the severity of headaches by 47.3 percent and migraines by 49.6 percent. The study was the first to look at big data from headache patients to track cannabis use in real time. “We were motivated to do this study because a substantial number of people say they use cannabis for headache and migraine, but surprisingly few studies had addressed the topic,” said Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State University (WSU) assistant professor of psychology, the lead author on the paper.
However, Cuttler did say that because of the possibility of the placebo effect, she feels that more research is needed. “I suspect there are some slight overestimates of effectiveness,” said Cuttler about the study. “My hope is that this research will motivate researchers to take on the difficult work of conducting placebo-controlled trials. In the meantime, this at least gives medical cannabis patients and their doctors a little more information about what they might expect from using cannabis to manage these conditions.”
The research also indicated that there is not a significant difference between the effectiveness of THC and CBD when it comes to helping with headaches. Apparently, they can both be effective.
While this is a significant gain for those who use cannabis to treat migraines, and even those who use cannabis as a simple medication from time to time, it’s nothing new. Recent studies spent millions looking at how cannabis helps with pain, and many are starting to look into how cannabis can help decrease dependence on opioids. More and more cannabis studies are revealing how much the plant can help with pain in many significant ways.