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Nicholas R. Metrus, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist. He currently serves at the Glasser Brain Tumor Center in Summit, New Jersey.

Properties of CBD Oil That Relieve Migraine

The researchers add that given time, as the legalities around medical marijuana and CBD oil change, more research may be able to show that CBD oil works well enough and consistently enough to treat migraines.

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“Cannabinoids—due to their anticonvulsive, analgesic, antiemetic, and anti-inflammatory effects —present a promising class of compounds for both acute [short-term, severe] and prophylactic [preventative] treatment of migraine pain," explained lead study author Pinja Leimuranta, of the University of Eastern Finland. Although the researchers say that we are not completely there yet, they add that CBD oil can “absolutely help relieve some symptoms related to migraines.”  

Cbd migraine research

What are some of the obstacles patients with migraine and headache disorders face when it comes to using CBD oil?
Some states are legalizing marijuana and its derivatives; however, marijuana is still a federal crime. So, theoretically, if you bought marijuana in a state where it is legal and you travel to another state where it is illegal, you could be arrested by that state or even by the federal government.

What is CBD oil, and how is it different from marijuana?
Marijuana contains both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active chemical that has psychoactive properties, and CBD. Unlike THC, CBD oil has no psychoactive properties and is currently on the market and available for purchase in stores and online.

Dr. Stephen Silberstein touches on CBD oil as a potential treatment for migraine and current barriers to its use

If a physician has a patient who wants to explore CBD oil as a treatment option for migraine, how would you advise him or her?
It depends on your state. If you are in a state where it is illegal, you have no local or federal protection. But if you are in a state where it is legal, either recreationally or medicinally, you have options. For example, in Pennsylvania where I practice, marijuana is legalized for medicinal uses. But physicians in the state of Pennsylvania cannot prescribe it. If they did, their license would be removed, as it is a federal offense.

Dr. Stephen Silberstein is the director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. At the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Silberstein spoke with us about cannabidiol (CBD) and its relationship to the treatment of migraine and headache disorders.

In addition, studying marijuana and its derivatives is extremely difficult. There is only one source of plants researchers can use, and they are at a research facility in Mississippi. They are not the best, most pure plants for study.