Migraine Sufferers Frequently Report Trying CBD Products

New Haven, CT: Nearly half of patients with migraine headaches have tried cannabinoid products, typically CBD, according to survey data published in the journal BMC Complimentary Medicine and Therapies

Researchers from Yale University’s School of Medicine and the Stamford University School of Medicine analyzed survey data provided by 377 respondents recruited from the Move Against Migraine Facebook group. Investigators included a pair of questions in the survey inquiring about patients’ use of “cannabidiol oil or other cannabis derivatives to prevent migraine.” 

Forty-nine percent of respondents reported having experimented with either CBD or other cannabinoid products for anti-migraine purposes. Just under 60 percent of them said that cannabinoid products provided some degree of effectiveness at preventing migraines, with 11 percent of respondents rating cannabinoid products as either “very” or “extremely” effective. 

Several prior studies have assessed the impact of inhaled cannabis on migraine frequency and severity. Israeli data published last year reported that cannabis inhalation was associated with a greater than 50 percent reduction in monthly migraine attacks in the majority of patients who tried it. A separate study of 699 migraine patients, also published last year, reported that 94 percent of subjects experienced symptom relief within two hours of marijuana inhalation.

Full text of the study, “A patient perspective of complimentary and integrative medicine for migraine treatment: A social media survey,” appears in BMC Complimentary Medicine and Therapies. Additional information about cannabis and migraine is available from NORML.