Does weed give you a headache?

September 29, 2020

One of the curiosities of cannabis is that it can lead to a range of responses in users. When it comes to headaches, some find that it alleviates pain, while others claim it exacerbates it. Anecdotes abound identifying cannabis as the culprit for kickstarting throbbing head pain. On the other hand, individuals who regularly experience headaches and migraines swear by weed to reduce the severity or frequency of their episodes…

For Rosemary Mazanet, M.D., Ph.D., and Chief Scientific Officer of Columbia Care, there is a general consensus among experts that cannabis may relieve pain. “There is evidence that migraine headaches may respond particularly well to cannabis, and the underlying endocannabinoid system may be involved in migraine headaches,” explains Mazanet. “And cannabis is known to help with nausea in general, which can accompany migraines.”

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