Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Earl Garcia
Medicinal cannabis is an effective treatment in easing migraines. With more studies demonstrating the compound’s effectiveness in pain relief, PreventDisease.com has listed five medicinal marijuana strains that work best against migraines.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF), migraine is currently the third most common illness, and the sixth most disabling condition worldwide. The condition affects 18% of women, 6% of men, and 10% of children in the U.S. Migraine is more common in adults at ages 25 to 55 years old. MRF data also show that more than four million U.S. adults currently suffer from chronic daily migraine.
A study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy revealed that patients experienced fewer migraines and decreased frequency following marijuana treatment. A Care By Design survey also showed that 100% of participants with migraines reported marked reductions in pain and discomfort after taking medicinal cannabis. Another meta-analysis confirmed that medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids show potential in the treatment of chronic pain and migraine. These findings were published in the journal Headache.
Marijuana use remains to be a controversial topic within the health care community despite being legalized in 28 states and the Washington D.C. Data from two National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism surveys revealed that marijuana use has more than doubled over the last 10 years. According to the surveys, cannabis use among American adults grew from 4.1 percent in the 2001-2002 period to 9.5 percent in the 2012-2013 period.
Mounting evidence on the beneficial effects of medicinal marijuana has prompted a vast majority physicians worldwide to consider prescribing the compound. A survey of 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries showed that 76 percent were in favor of cannabis use for medical purposes. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medicinal marijuana is known to combat a plethora of diseases such as arthritis pain, anxiety, and neurodegenerative diseases. The compound is also found to help manage inflammation, reduce seizure, and fend off cancer.