According to a new study out of Italy, the cannabinoids in marijuana are equally effective in preventing migraines as the pharmaceuticals available on the market today.
The findings of the study, led by Dr. Maria Nicolodi, were presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology this week in the Netherlands. Dr. Nicolodi and her team set out to determine if cannabinoids could not only replace existing pharmaceutical drugs used to prevent migraine attacks but also in the treatment of acute pain related to the migraines.
The belief that migraines are simply more intense headaches is categorically false. Migraines affect roughly a billion people, making them the third most common illness worldwide. In the United States, almost 40 million Americans suffer from the throbbing affliction that can last up to 72 hours. For many, migraines are accompanied by extreme light and sound sensitivity, nausea, dizzy spells, and loss