Treating headaches with the help of marijuana is a practice that has been around for years. Centuries and decades ago, cannabis was a rather popular remedy against migraines and other kinds of pain—even notable historical figures used the plant as a way of treatment.
Even today, numerous articles claim that the plant is great for treating headaches. But does the consumption of cannabis really help people get rid of headaches? In this article, we are going to explore the question of whether the consumers of marijuana have less frequent headaches.
Let us start with the history of marijuana use and see when the plant became associated with headaches treatment.
The appearance of cannabis in medicine dates back to ancient Greek and Chinese doctors. However, the birth of marijuana's popularity in the U.S. occurred at the end of the 19th century. Inspired by the success of European doctors in the use of cannabis, an American doctor J.B. Mattison researched the benefits of the cannabis plant in treating headaches. The doctor was even capable of reducing the frequency of migraines in some patients.
After a few years, a Canadian physician William Osler conducted his own research and found that among all varieties of marijuana, the indica strains were best for this kind of treatment.
Despite the success of the researchers, the 20th century brought new laws, and cannabis became illegal, which stopped the further research of the plant.
Only recently, the results of the first clinical trial on medical cannabis’s effects on migraines were published. The test clearly shows that marijuana consumption brings certain benefits for patients who suffer from migraines.
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has recently conducted a study that shows that the use of cannabis can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. 40 percent of patients who received medical cannabis reported that among all benefits of the treatment was the reduction of headaches frequency. 19 percent of the patients claim that the number of their migraine headaches decreased, and ten percent of the patients report that their migraine has completely stopped.
Unfortunately, not all ways of cannabis consumption are as effective as the others. Edibles, for example, show less favorable results. Smoking herbs provides the best relief from headaches in comparison with other ways of consumption.
The most obvious benefit of marijuana is that the plant is less toxic than many conventional drugs that the doctors prescribe us every day. Besides, cannabis has fewer side effects than most of them as well. If you choose to ask your doctor for this way of treatment, it would be better you resort to smoking than eating edibles.
We all hope that someday all people around the world will be able to get a cannabis prescription from their doctor because the benefits of marijuana use are something that cannot be ignored for long.