Jan. 13, 2017
In today’s world, our nation is divided over many issues, one of which is the legal use of medical marijuana. Some people are quick to battle that marijuana is simply a natural plant with many health benefits, while others see it as a dangerous drug that should be avoided at all costs. A new study is now giving those in favor of marijuana more ammunition for their cause with research showing that this plant may help to relieve the pain of migraine sufferers.
Between January 2010 and September 2014, researchers gathered a group of 121 people who were diagnosed with migraines and chose to treat them using medical marijuana. Patients both inhaled and ate the drug, with each method of consumption showing different results. During the four year study, patients saw a significant drop in migraines; generally speaking, those who took marijuana went from having over ten migraines each month down to less than five each month. Of the 121 patients studied, over 100 claimed to have had fewer migraines, while 15 said their migraines stayed the same and 3 patients said their symptoms became worse.
Laura Borgelt, a professor at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Universtiy of Colorado and Arizona Anschutz Medical Campus, stepped forward with comments in a recent press release. Ms. Borgelt, who is also the project’s senior author, announced that those who participated in the research and saw good results were able to function better and felt better following the marijuana treatments. While Ms. Borgelt was happy to announce the positive results of the treatment, she was also quick to point out that marijuana is a drug that also has potential risks.
Before we truly understand the ways that marijuana affects those with migraines, more research is needed; however, this is unlikely. Ms. Borgelt stated that current federal laws make it a far-out hope.
What should you do if you want to try medical marijuana? Ms. Borgelt points patients to their current doctor, and suggests follow-ups on the effects. Through the reports of individuals taking medical marijuana, it will be possible to gauge the over-all effect of this drug.
How does marijuana help with migraines? At this point, it’s hard to know. Marijuana is made up of the cannabinoid chemicals. These cannabinoid chemicals also have receptors located throughout each person’s entire body. Some suggest that cannabinoids have an affect of the neurotransmitters that make it possible for the brain and body to communicate. Seratonin, which seems to be connected with migraines, maybe affected by the cannabinoids; however, researchers are still unsure how or why.