Inhaled Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half

Washington State University published a study in November of 2019 with the summary results showing inhaled cannabis reduced self-reported headache severity by nearly 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%. The study was led by a Washington State University assist professor of psychology, Carrie Cuttler.

Cuttler said the motivation for the study came from such a substantial number of people reporting that cannabis helped the pain from headache and migraine pain, yet few studies had been done on using medical cannabis. A previous clinical trial had been done indicating that cannabis had better results with headache pain than ibuprofen, however, a synthetic form of cannabinoid drug was used called nabilone.

The Washington State University used information from 1,300 patients who tracked headache pain before and after cannabis use. Another exciting find from the research showed no evidence that cannabis causes the dreaded “rebound headache” or “overuse headache” that plagues migraine sufferers who must use cannabinoids.

The study reported that cannabis concentrates, such as cannabis oil, produced more pain reduction and severity lessening than cannabis flower. For medical information visit our dispensary in Tulsa. We have several stores.


Carrie Cuttler, Alexander Spradlin, Michael J. Cleveland, Rebecca M. Craft. Short- and LongTerm Effects of Cannabis on Headache and Migraine. The Journal of Pain, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2019.11.001

Washington State University. “Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 November 2019. .


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