Migraines & Medical Marijuana

Migraine is a neurological disease that is characterized by recurrent, moderate to severe headaches. A Migraine headache typically affects one half of the head and is accompanied by a terrible feeling of intense pulsing.  Attacks may last from a few hours to several days.  Physical activity generally makes Migraine attacks worse. For many, Medical Marijuana is the medicine of choice to alleviate Migraine headaches.

Migraine Symptoms

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hypersensitivity to light, sound, smell
  • head PAIN
  • visual disturbance, flashes of light


“Every single ounce of pain focused on the left part of the head. Feels like whole body except left part of head is in a Fu**!k!!  numb state.”

-- Shrestha Sapan, Indie Musician

Pharmaceutical Pain Killers - Triptans vs Medical Cannabis

Pharmaceutical Medication is available, such as Triptans to treat serious Migraines.  However, side effects can be so unpleasant .that many patients would rather suffer than be medicated. 

Triptans Side Effects

  • changes in mental status
  • nervous instability
  • neuromuscular abnormalities
  • gastrointestinal symptoms
  • cardiovascular complications

Recreational Marijuana Study Leads to Discovery that Marijuana Stops Migraine Headaches

In 1987, it was discovered that some recreational users who quit smoking Marijuana developed severe headaches.  Scientists speculated that Marijuana withdrawal was not the cause of the headaches, rather, it masked a preexisting condition.  Later, researchers would find that Triptans and Medical Marijuana worked in a similar way, and with similar efficacy.   However, Marijuana's side effects as compared to Triptans, were fewer and less dangerous, by a very wide margin.


"Migraine: very many victims have for years kept their sufferings in abeyance by taking hemp at the moment of threatening, or onset of the attack."

--  J. Russell Reynolds MD, after some thirty years clinical experience with MMJ


Researchers found that components of Medical Cannabis, Cannabinoids, work in a very similar way to chemicals (endocannabinoids) that exist naturally in the human brain. An imbalance  in brain chemistry is at the heart of many neurological disorders, including Migraines.  Further research indicated that many Cannabinoids in Medical Marijuana modulate brain receptors that control pain and inflammation.  Hence, basic efficacy of Medical Cannabis is established.

Migraine Facts and Figures

  • Osler's medical text (1942), Marijuana THE choice of treatments for Migraine headache
  • 12% of the US  population suffers from migraine
  • 18% of American women and 6% of men affected
  • Migraines tend to run in families
  • most attacks occur once or twice a month
  • 4% of sufferers have attacks 15 days per month or more
  • 90% of sufferers cannot work or function normally
  • attacks usually last 4 to 72 hours

MMJDOCTORONLINE Notes :  It is recommended that Migraine sufferers consult a licensed California Marijuana Doctor with experience in 420 evaluations and recommendations. We provide Cannabis Consultations and Medical Marijuana Cards that allows our clients to access the right medicine, quickly and easily.

Further Reading - Migraine - Research Breakthroughs

Cannabis and Marinol in the treatment of Migraine Headache

Dronabinol reduces signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

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Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

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