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Medical marijuana often replaces other headache medications, small study shows

Medical marijuana often replaces other headache medications, small study shows


Most patients in a small cohort used medical marijuana in lieu of other abortive prescriptions to alleviate migraine pain, according to recent findings.

The researchers found that of the 25 patients who were still using medical marijuana at the time of the follow-up interview, 25% said they used it daily and 71.4% used it at least twice weekly.

 Before using medical marijuana, 46.4% of patients were using abortive medications 10 or more days monthly; only 25% did so after starting medical marijuana treatment, according to the researchers. Half of the patients used a THC-dominant strain of the substance and 71.4% used an inhaled form. The most common adverse events reported were dry mouth/throat (46.4%), dry/red eyes and fatigue/lethargy (35.7% each) and increased appetite (35.7%).

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