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Hemp for headaches and migraines

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Headaches and migraines are among the most common everyday illnesses in Europe for which doctors are consulted. One of the most common types of headache in Switzerland is the so-called tension headache, the causes of which are mostly harmless. About every 10th person living in Switzerland suffers from migraine. In addition, about 6% of all women suffer from menstrual migraine, i.e. the symptoms only occur during menstruation.

For the most part, the ailments described above are treated with common commercially available drugs such as Dafalgan, aspirin or ibuprofen. However, few consumers are aware that these are not free of often risky side effects.

Unlike the painkillers just mentioned, hemp has been used for thousands of years to relieve severe headaches. However, the prejudices and legal restrictions still prevailing in many countries prevent large-scale studies and medical research in this field until today. A study published in The Journal of Pain in June 2020 now provides the first scientifically verified results on the effectiveness of hemp in relieving headaches and migraines. In the following sections, we will give you an overview of these findings and show you why the great potential of the hemp plant should definitely be used.

For the study just mentioned, data from 1306 people with headaches and 653 people with migraines who treated their conditions with hemp were analyzed. It was found that medically prescribed inhalation of hemp, regardless of strain, dosage, or THC or CBD content, can reduce the intensity of headaches and migraines by up to 50%. The study focused primarily on the consumption of hemp flowers, but also included the consumption of hemp concentrates (such as the increasingly popular CBD oils) to some extent. It turned out that these have a much more efficient effect on headaches, especially with regard to tolerance: While the people who regularly inhaled hemp flowers developed a certain tolerance over time, nothing similar was found with the hemp concentrates. Surprisingly, this difference was not found in migraine patients. Furthermore, the study could prove that a regular treatment with hemp concentrates ensures that their dosage can be reduced over time. The authors of the study therefore advocate that intensive research on the effectiveness of hemp concentrates is absolutely necessary – the potential for pain relief could be enormous!

While many common painkillers lead to sometimes severe side effects, as mentioned at the beginning, the study could find any such side effects with the medicinal use of hemp. This finding suggests that hemp has the potential to be a low side-effect and completely natural alternative to ibuprofen, Dafalgan or aspirin.

Very briefly:
Headaches and migraines are among the most common everyday diseases worldwide. First studies could show that the treatment with hemp could be very effective. Thereby, hemp concentrates seem to be more efficient and effective than hemp flowers.

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