Cannabis and Cannabinoid ResearchVol. 2, No. 1
The Use of Cannabis for Headache Disorders
Headache disorders are common, debilitating, and, in many cases, inadequately managed by existing treatments. Although clinical trials of cannabis for neuropathic pain have shown promising results, there has been limited research on its use, specifically for headache disorders. This review considers historical prescription practices, summarizes the existing reports on the use of cannabis for headache, and examines the preclinical literature exploring the role of exogenous and endogenous cannabinoids to alter headache pathophysiology. Currently, there is not enough evidence from well-designed clinical trials to support the use of cannabis for headache, but there are sufficient anecdotal and preliminary results, as well as plausible neurobiological mechanisms, to warrant properly designed clinical trials. Such trials are needed to determine short- and long-term efficacy for specific headache types, compatibility with existing treatments, optimal administration practices, as well as potential risks.
One service we are trying to provide at The Healing Tree is to help people discover effective treatment protocols for their own specific Disorder or health issue.
The information below is the treatment protocols for a number of studies, with their concurrent results. In States where Cannabis is legal it would be easier to follow the dosage milligrams by finding products that have the Mg’s of THC and CBD on the label.
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|Migraine||A: 0.03 fluid ounce of alcohol extract 1 h before pain onset||4 Case studies||Distinct termination of migraine. All patients experienced improvement, some were cured.||Donovan41|
|Migraine||A: 21.6 mg||2 Case studies||Immediate relief and elimination of headache for 14 months after treatment. No lasting harm.||Reynolds27|
|P: 21.6 mg—three times daily|
|Migraine/headache||P: 21.6 mg, 1–2 times per day (can increase to 43.2 mg)||9 Case studies and clinical experience||Responses in majority of cases. Usually lasting relief, sometimes curative. Palliative during headache.||Greene35; Russo18|
|Clavus hystericus and migraine||P: 21.6 mg to 43.2 mg every night||Textbook||Palliation even in severe cases.||Waring36|
|Migraine or sick headache||P: Taken before each meal (Women: 21.6 mg increased to 32.4 after 2–3 weeks; Men: 32.4 increased to 48.6)||Clinical experience||Majority of patients reported migraine relief for months.||Seguin (1878) cited in Russo18|
|Migraine or sick headache||A: 21.6–32.4 mg at beginning of attack.||Clinical experience||Found to be the most effective drug for migraine. Can abort attacks in some cases.||Ringer37|
|P: 21.6–32.4 mg, 2–3 times daily, for weeks or months continuously.|
|Migraine||P: 8.1–16.2 mg of solid extract twice a day.||Clinical experience||Helpful prophylactically and abortively, even in cases of migraine refractory to other treatments.||Hare40|
|A: Take as needed|
|Chronic daily headache||P: 21.6–32.4 mg (increasing if necessary), 2–3 times per day for weeks to months.||4 Case studies||Cured complaints in a majority of cases.||Mackenzie38|
|Migraine||P: 16.2 mg twice a day continuously||Short report||Given immediately will stop attack, given periodically will reduce severity and frequency.||Suckling39|
|A: Take 16.2 mg during onset of attack|