CBD And THC For Headache Relief

Cannabis as a proven migraine medicine.

How Cannabis Can Help

Next time your head is aching, consider leaving the aspirin in the medicine cabinet and give cannabis a try. It’s not a pipe dream. It has historical precedence and a growing body of research to back it up.

Cannabis As A Migraine Medicine

The efficacy of cannabis as a relief for migraines dates back to 1892, when Dr. William Osler wrote in “The Principles and Practice of Medicine” that it was “probably the most satisfactory remedy [for migraines].”

In a study at the University of Colorado, 121 people who suffered from regular migraine headaches used cannabis daily to prevent attacks. About 40% of them said the number of monthly migraine headaches was cut in half. And nearly 90% of study participants reported having fewer migraines per month after treating their condition with cannabis.

Another study, this one from Germany, discovered that cannabis reduced pain intensity among migraine patients by 44%. “We were able to demonstrate that cannabis is an alternative to established treatments in migraine prevention,” said Dr. Maria Nicolodi, leader of the German research team.

CBD, THC and the Endocannabinoid System

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect. THC has been in the spotlight for this reason and has overshadowed some other very important related compounds, known as cannabinoids, produced by the cannabis plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It does not make you feel intoxicated or “high.” CBD has appreciated a great deal of positive press due to its ability to reduce seizures. It has beneficial properties ranging far beyond simply helping prevent seizures.

The endocannabinoid system (EC) was first discovered in the 1960s and exists in all mammals. The EC system consists of a series of cell receptors that accept only cannabinoids, especially THC and CBD.

Think of these receptors like microscopic “locks” on the surface of your cells. The “keys” are molecules called agonists. In this case, the agonists are the cannabinoids THC and CBD. When an agonist binds to a cell it relays a message, giving the cell specific direction.

It is believed that using cannabis can help replenish the cannabinoid level in individuals, easing pain and discomfort. When it comes to treating headaches, CBD helps mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD has been found to be an effective treatment in fighting migraines because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. THC is also helpful at relieving headaches because of its ability to reduce pain.

Cannabis with high amounts of CBD may allow you to get through a typical day without feeling intoxicated. Because everyone’s system and response to cannabis is somewhat different, it is important to try different ratios of THC to CBD while seeking to identify the most positive therapeutic outcome.

While shopping at your Greenlight Approved retail location, ask for cannabis products with higher percentages of CBD to THC. This may help knock out the headache while minimizing a “high” feeling.

Time for Change

If you have suffered with headaches and tried other medical options with limited effectiveness, it may be time for a change. Talk to your doctor or another physician comfortable and familiar with cannabis research about your situation. He/she may be able to help further guide you and may even grow in cannabis knowledge through your experience as well.

We further recommend using a dosing journal to track what product you took, dose amount, timing and effect(s) you witnessed. This is information that can help both you and your physician.

Don’t give up and accept your current level of pain. Give cannabis a chance. It has worked for many others.

Titration: Learning Your Dose

Just as important as finding the appropriate product for your needs is determining your appropriate dose. Some customers will find that a minute amount of product satisfies their needs. This is no surprise to medical marijuana patients who are advocates of using a very small dose for maximum effect or “microdosing.” If this works for you, the great advantage is savings. This is yet another reason to follow professionals’ advice to go “low and slow.”  Microdosing is particularly popular with patients who need to medicate during work hours and cannot afford to be intoxicated.

For people who need a stronger dose, that is easy to come by. It is important to be aware of the estimated time for onset of effect from the cannabis or cannabis product. This way you can wait for the expected amount of time to feel effects and maybe a while longer before taking more. This moderation is just a smart way to consume, whether your use is for recreation or therapy. This practice, combined with Greenlight Approved products, helps you make the most of your experience while reducing the chance of accidental overconsumption. Even if you get a bit carried away and overindulge in cannabis, it will not endanger your life the way other medications can.

Find the Right Product for Your Symptoms

At Greenlight Approved, it is our mission to guide you through the cannabis experience and help you become an educated consumer. Let us help you better understand consumption and product options available at retail so you are prepared for your store visit.

Find a Retailer

Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County, Washington provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search here online for a retailer near you.

Let's Go


Can cannabis treat headaches?

In 1892 Dr. Sir William Osler, the founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital and regarded as the father of internal medicine, wrote, “Cannabis Indica is probably the most satisfactory remedy for migraines.” Continue reading

Is cannabis effective on migraines?

A Colorado study conducted in 2017 found that, of those who suffered acute or chronic migraines, 55 percent reported being in less pain after taking high doses of cannabis daily. Continue reading

What is the most effective way to consume cannabis for headaches?

In a 2017 Colorado study, most respondents found that inhaling (smoking) marijuana treated symptoms much better than edibles. Continue reading

What is the primary difference between CBD and THC?

CBD is a component in cannabis that provides many medicinal benefits but does not cause a psychoactive “high.” THC is the ingredient in cannabis that creates the euphoric side effect. Continue reading

Find a Retailer

Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.

You must be 21 years of age or older to view this website.