A new leaf for migraine treatment? UCSD Health trial looks at effectiveness of cannabis

A new leaf for migraine treatment? UCSD Health trial looks at effectiveness of cannabis

Author: UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH

Placebo-controlled clinical trial is the first to examine THC and CBD as potential treatments.

Allison Knigge was in elementary school when she started to experience migraines. They got worse as time went on, especially after the birth of her son.

“I would describe my migraines as a piercing pain. It feels like my brain is being squeezed,” Knigge said. “There have been times when I have been at a pain level of 6 or higher for approximately 25 days out of the month. They impact my quality of life.”

Migraines produce symptoms that often are intense and debilitating. They cause severe throbbing or pulsating headaches, usually on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and sometimes vomiting and/or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. A migraine attack can last for hours or even days.

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