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A study reported at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology released its results that the active compounds in cannabis were better at stifling migraine pain than prescription pharmaceuticals. 

The study, which included 127 participants who suffered from chronic migraines, gave patients a combination of THC and CBD in two phases. In the first, patients were given the cannabinoids in varying doses. The results showed that those who received a 200mg dose a day for three months experienced about 55% less pain than those who didn't receive it. 

In the second phase, both those suffering from chronic migraines and cluster headaches were included. Those with chronic migraines were given either the THC-CBD drug or 25 milligrams of amitriptyline, an antidepressant often used for migraines. Those who suffered from cluster headaches were given either the THC-CBD combination or 80 milligrams of verapamil. 

The results showcased that the THC-CBD combination gave a slight edge of relief, reducing the frequency of migraine attacks by 40.4% compared to 40.1% with the amitriptyline. With respect to the level of pain, the CBD-THC combination was able to reduce it by 43.5%. 

The combination was also effective at reducing the severity of pain in cluster headache sufferers, but only if they had a history of migraines from childhood. 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/06/29/marijuana-treats-migraine-pain-better-than-prescription-medication-study-finds/#1ee89a163700

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