Throughout the world millions suffer from migraines. These may be related to light sensitivity, stress, sinus issues, or a list of other conditions, but all the same, they can be excruciating. Some people are unable to work due to their struggle with headaches.
Being unable to get comfortable in your head is a special sort of hell. Medications for migraines can have side effects, including sleepiness and fatigue, nausea, difficulty thinking, and trouble functioning. As such, sometimes medication can be as disruptive as the condition.
Medications for migraines can have side effects – sometimes medication can be as disruptive as the condition.
January research included responses from 589 participants in states with full legal access to cannabis. Among these participants, 161 reported suffering from migraines. This group was strongly positive about using cannabis to treat migraines. Although they reported more severe migraine symptoms, they also claimed greater relief from cannabis than other options.
About 70% of these cannabis users also supported the use of non-cannabinoid treatments.
General brain health can grow from buds
November research found that patients who used cannabis scored within normal ranges on cognitive tasks. A German study found about 54% of Parkinson’s patients found relief with cannabis therapy. More complex research exists and is ongoing on the neuroprotective and regenerative aspects of cannabis. However, maybe we have enough evidence from the demonstrated preference of patients.
People are making their demands known, and laws are slowly bending in the public’s favor.
Whether it’s demonstrating positive or neutral cognitive effects from using cannabis, or the over 400% increase of cannabis sales in places as diverse as the Czech Republic and Michigan, cannabis continues to assert itself. People are making their demands known, and laws are slowly bending in the public’s favor.
After legalization, the biggest issue is affordability. While people suffering from epilepsy and migraines may want to shift over to cannabis, the price restricts many. This issue is why nonprofits are cropping up across the world for cannabis access and why insurance coverage is a heated topic.
Yet from Clark’s meta-analysis on cannabis in cancer, he concluded among the 55 million Americans cannabis users, the substance may prevent as many as 23,800 to 35,700 cancer diagnoses and 8,498 to 12,747 cancer deaths each year. He also posited this may be due to limiting obesity and fighting off inflammation.
Among the 55 million Americans cannabis users, the substance may prevent as many as 23,800 to 35,700 cancer diagnoses.
If this is accurate, and the Czech Republic saw medical cannabis use go up 400% after insurance started covering it, then the same increase implemented in America could prevent 33,992 to 50988 cancer deaths per year, a 400% increase from the current 8,498 to 12,747 estimated prevented death due to current use.
Text: Karhlyle Fletcher
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